Porsche 911 Carrera S Endurance Racing Edition
If Porsche were predicting a victory at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans with the preemptive release of their 911 Carrera S Endurance Racing Edition days before the actual race, it looks like their audacity paid off.
Details regarding Porsche’s latest limited edition model, the 911 Carrera S Endurance Racing Edition, were released by the manufacturer on the Thursday preceding the world’s most famous endurance race, which began on June 18th and ended on June 19th, with Porsche taking their 18th overall victory.
The 911 Carrera S Endurance Racing Edition, as its name implies, is a tribute to the company’s success in endurance racing, both in the prototype class and with the iconic 911. Its unique configuration, a mix of special edition decals and desirable options, is the work of the Porsche Exclusive. Porsche Exclusive, the department of Porsche who brought us the 911 Sport Classic and the 911 Speedster, provide Porsche customers almost limitless options in customizing their vehicles.
This particular 911’s specs are preset by Porsche Exclusive, although customers can choose between three colors, white, black or Guards Red. Depending on the exterior color, the Endurance Racing Edition will have either a black or white/black decal set, inspired by Porsche’s 919 Hybrid endurance racing cars. The exterior livery reads “Porsche Intelligent Performance”; the same wording also appears on the center armrest.
Unfortunately, this limited edition Carrera S does not get any secret Le Mans-derived endurance racing upgrades from Porsche’s motorsports division, despite what its model name might imply. It retains the same 3.0-liter, twin-turbo flat-six found in the standard Carrera S, which produces 414-hp and 369lb-ft. It does, however, get a desirable assortment of options as standard equipment, including the Sports Chrono package, sports exhaust system, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDDC) with Porsche Active Stability Management (PASM) — and rear wheel steering. The PASM option means ride height is decreased by 20mm, or about 0.8in, and the Sports Chrono package includes grin-inducing features such as launch control and throttle-blip downshifts.
The launch control option only works with the PDK transmission, but it might be a feature worth losing if in return you get to row your own gears, which you can if you spec the Endurance Racing Edition with Porsche’s 7-speed manual instead.
Regardless of the transmission specified, all Endurance Racing Editions also receive 20” black-painted wheels, dynamic LED headlamps and an electric sliding sunroof.
The list of interior upgrades appear to be on par with the exterior and performance options offered on this limited edition 911, starting with the leather-wrapped seats with embossed Porsche crests, offset by red seatbelts and a red stripe at the 12 o’clock position on the steering wheel. Rounding out the black and red theme are custom black floor mats with red piping. Carbon fiber trim used on the dashboard and door panels add the finishing touches to this limited 911, undoubtedly set to enter collector garages owned by Porsche enthusiasts as deliveries begin.
The 911 Carrera S Endurance Racing Edition is on sale now for £107,216 in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland only.