Porsche Special requestThe —Special Wishes — program has been available to the company’s most important customers for decades. This program produced things like a 935 tram for TAG Group CEO Mansour Ojeh, and 993 Speedsters for Butzi Porsche and Jerry Seinfeld. Now, Porsche formalizes its Special request program, and offering a handful of customers the ability to order something truly personalized. If they pay to develop it.
The program, a collaboration between Porsche Exclusiv Manufaktur and Porsche Classic, will offer 1000 cars per year with extensive color and trim customizations, but only 3 to 5 “unique pieces”. These cars will have significant mechanical deviations and they will be very expensive. The customer will work with Porsche for a year to assess technical feasibility while paying around $ 100,000 in development costs, and once it is determined whether it is possible to build what is requested, the customer can choose whether he wants to pay more for his car. made.
At this time, Porsche has not clarified what is possible and what is not. But during a call with a handful of media, I made a few suggestions. A Cayman with the engine of a 911 GT3? Unlikely, as the GT3’s engine was never designed to fit into the relatively small engine bay of Porsche’s mid-engined sports car. What about a tough 911 Turbo “Safari”? We are talking now. Porsche representatives didn’t discuss this at length, but neither did they call it ridiculous. (It should be noted that Porsche explored a factory Safari build with a 911 GT3, pictured above.)
So if a high performance 911 strikes your fancy, Porsche could build it for you. All you have to do is pay the R&D budget. And if you’re having this car built, I don’t need credit for the idea, but maybe let me try the wheel.
This widened Special request program also encompasses classic cars. Porsche already offers factory restorations for classic models, but now it is recommissioning newer models. Say you own a 997 GT3 RS and want it repainted and cropped – now you can have it done at the factory. The one-time program will also be offered for classic cars, and there are already two registered customers.
Porsche will do pretty much anything you want it to do, but only if your request fits with the company’s philosophy. And for those who can’t afford those crazy customizations, Porsche is also expanding its offerings of aftermarket performance parts and upgrades sold through dealerships. It has everything from new Fuchs wheels for the older 911s – which is a big deal for enthusiasts – to a developing sport suspension for the 959. Plus, Porsche will soon be bringing an upgrade kit to the United States. level for the 911 GT2 RS developed by Nürburgring aces Manthey Racing. for the first time. A GT2 RS fitted with the MR kit toured the Nürburgring at 6:40 a.m. in 2018, which is still a record for a road-approved car.
Finally, there is a new car in the Porsche Classic family: the first generation Cayenne. Not really. Porsche welcomes a model to the Classic family 20 years after production began, which for the original E1 Cayenne is next year. Spare parts for the Cayenne will now be handled by Porsche Classic, and the company is also developing new performance parts and accessories for its first SUV. Porsche previewed some of its merchandise on two high-concept Cayennes built for Landing. We hope to learn more about these cars in the coming days.
We really want to see the results of this new expansion Special request program. Some of these cars will surely be hidden away, but you can bet you will see others in your local cars and cafes, and certainly on Instagram.
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