2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series First Drive

Nobody ever got out of a Porsche 911 Turbo S and said “well, it needs a bit more power.” Ever. That’d be like saying that Neil Armstrong needed a bit more brave. However, quite a lot of people have looked at a modern 911 and said “it just doesn’t look special enough.” 

You can see where they’re coming from. To these eyes, at least, the 991 generation of the Porsche 911 has a quiet, classic beauty that’s no less potent in its desirability than the wonderful extravagance of a McLaren or Lamborghini. But certainly, the 911 has less visual impact.

2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series
2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series
2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series

Step forward Porsche Exclusive. A branch of Porsche with its very own manufacturing centre, capable of personalising your 911 to whatever degree you fancy. They’ve been around quite a while, and already have some true classics (the fantastically desirable 964 911 Turbo S, to name one of them) chalked up to their credit. But they’re upping the ante with this 991.2 generation 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series, of which only 500 examples will be made 

The bonnet and roof are carbonfibre, and are painted before being painstakingly lacquered to give a completely smooth, seamless join where the paint meets those striking double stripes of bare carbonfibre. There’s copper wire in the carbonfibre interior trim, bespoke seat upholstery, laser-finished two-tone alloys… You name it, they’ve either done or can do it. Oh, and you can have a matching watch and luggage, too. Naturally.

First impressions

It’s not subtle, which I guess is the point. Tha...