On the disturbingly brief list of foreign relations maneuvers that the US has gotten right resides our fruitful relationship with Porsche AG. The US is Porsche’s largest market globally, and in fact, the late American importer of luxury European cars Max Hoffman was instrumental in helping to devise the iconic Porsche crest.
It’s a bit surprising, then, that we Americans won’t benefit from this: the Porsche 911 Targa 4S Exclusive Edition.
Autoblog reports that this very special take on the Porsche 911 Targa 4S was unveiled at the AutoRAI show in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Rather unfortunately, that’s likely where all of its buyers will reside, as only 15 examples of this Exclusive Edition 911 Targa will be produced, all of which will be sold within the Netherlands.
The Porsche 911 Targa 4S Exclusive Edition celebrates 50 years of the Targa-top 911, and features a bevy of throwback cues. For instance, take note of the Gulf Oil Blue paint job, the novel throwback Porsche decals along the sides of the car, and best of all, those sublime houndstooth fabric seats. The wheels are even black with polished lips, a nod to the classic Porsche Fuchs rims.
Apart from these grandiose nods to history, this Porsche 911 Targa 4S Exclusive Edition is equipped the same as the non-Edition car; 400 HP from a 3.8-liter flat-6, all-wheel drive, and a seven-speed dual-clutch or manual transmission are all present. However, like all “Edition” cars to come out of Stuttgart, this Porsche 911 Targa also comes with a Bose audio system, the Sport Chrono package, and a sport exhaust as standard.
In fact, the only options to be had are with regard to the transmission, carbon-ceramic brakes, and a Powerkit good for an additional 30 HP.
So, then, considering the lack of awesome new equipment, the price tag becomes just as surprising as the car’s absence from America’s shores; the Porsche 911 Targa 4S Exclusive Edition will cost a staggering €223,230 with the PDK. Opt for the manual, and you’ll be shelling out an additional €6,270. Autoblog reports that this is more than even a 911 Turbo Cabriolet in the Netherlands, and more than $240,000 in US currency.
Know what, Netherlands? You can have it. Ouch.