Max Hoffman was the first to import Porsche cars to the U.S. in the early 1950s, and his success helped Porsche build a lighter, less expensive version of the 356 only for U.S. customers. Featuring a 70-hp flat-four engine, it became the roofless, stripped-down 1953 Porsche 356 America.
There were only 16 examples ever constructed, but they inspired the iconic 356 Speedster, and now-70 years in the future-the 2023 Porsche 911 GTS America Edition is based on this U.S.-bred formula.
The 2023 GTS America Edition is only available as a cabriolet with rear-wheel drive and a manual transmission. America roadsters have been based on these three fundamental ingredients since the 356 and then the 964 and now the latest generation of the 992.
Although Porsche built 250 copies of the America-themed 964, the company estimates it will only build 115 of the 2023 version, with 100 going to the U.S. and 15 to Canada. It should be easy to spot the new one due to its unique appearance and special interior appointments.
The 2023 911 America was designed by Porsche Exclusive Manufacture. As in the original, it features Azure Blue 356 paint, which is reserved for the model year 2023.
A red and white side decal with the words 'America' accents the exclusive hue. The 911 Carrera logo appears on the top and 'GTS' is located on the bottom. Porsche says this is the first time the badges have been painted differently. This is the first time on a cabriolet the windshield frame has been wrapped in black, an intentional choice to replicate the original car's thin pillars.
The new America Edition features tri-finished wheels, a Porsche first. This is perhaps the most striking feature of the car. There is the option to kit the GTS cabriolet with 20-inch front and 21-inch rear rims in the same RS Spyder design, but these wheels will only be available in satin black.
The rollers of the America Edition are white, but they feature silver spokes with red pinstriping around the outer lip. They really make the special car stand out. Porsche wants the America Edition to fit somewhere in between being invisible and being loud. That's exactly what it delivers.
The interior of the car has a similar aesthetic philosophy, dominated by black leather. Besides the red-and-white contrast stitching on the upper dash and the door panels, the only other color is black.
The stitching on the center console armrest is the same as on the armrests; 'America' is also embossed in the leather. Additionally, the doorsills were adorned with illuminated plates commemorating the 70th anniversary of the 356 America roadster.
An extended interior package that adds a lot more red accents is available for an additional $7510. As well as a red-and-white stitched on the inside of the steering wheel, the floor mats, the shift boot, and parts of the seats, they also extend to the 12-o'clock hash mark on the steering wheel.
A red gear pattern appears on the shift knob as well as the leather loops on the front seats that allow access to the rear. Also included is an embossed leather pouch and a key fob painted to match the car. When Porsche 911 GTS cabriolet America Edition 2023 arrives in U.S. dealers at the end of this year, it will cost $186,370.
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