Porsche has long offered factory customizations for it’s cars. I’m pretty sure they’ll do about anything to a car, short of gold plating it (although I’m guessing if you walked in with a blank check they’d probably undertake that as well). One of my favorite customizations was the factory slant nose 911 conversions from the 80’s. That one is still on my list to own some day.
I was looking around the Porsche.com site today, doing a little constructive dreaming and happened on the Personalization and Service section that described what could be considered the ultimate Porsche: one personalized to your personal tastes. Check out these 2 programs.
The first Porsche program is one that’s been around for a long time. It’s essentially what I consider to be the “blank check” program. For us mere middle class and lower mortals, it’d be like writing a blank check. You have the option to customize your Porsche in whatever way you deem necessary. The Porsche Exclusive program site doesn’t have a lot of info since it’s highly personalized and geared toward walking a customer through every detail of building their car. Here’s a great summary of the program in Porsche’s own words:
620 Nm, 480 hp, 310 km/h (192 mph). 3.9 s from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph). All your dreams fulfilled.
We strive to make your every dream come true. How about painted air intake grilles, the passenger compartment painted in the exterior colour, or the gear/handbrake levers in aluminium or leather? Do you believe us now?
Here are some pictures from the Porsche Exclusive program…
Personally, I think flying to Zuffenhausen, Germany to do your customizations at the Porsche Exclusive Customer Center would be the ultimate way to undertake the process. Read more about the program on Porsche’s site: Porsche Exclusive
If a full blown customization process is not in the cards for you and your new Porsche, another option is the Tequipment program. You can choose from a broad range of Porsche factory accessories for not only the current model lineup, but models in the last 10 or so years.
A pretty extensive list of options is available covering everything from exterior enhancements to interior upgrades, equipment upgrades, etc. Here’s a sample from the Cayman (1st Gen) Tequipment list:
|Aerokit||Interior Materials||Porsche Child Seats|
|Exterior Trim Package||Interior Trip Packages||Luggage Partition|
|Decorative Side Lettering .||Sports-style Footrest||Luggage Net|
|Front Splitters||Floor Mats||Front/Rear Cargo Liners|
|Exterior Mirror Trim||Sun/Privacy Screen||Car Covers|
|Red Taillights||Door Sill Guards||Ice Scraper|
|Wheel Options||Sports Bucket Seats||Rechargeable Torch|
|Sports Tailpipes||Short Shifter||Tool Kit|
|Roof Box/Carrier||Audio Upgrades||Porsche Charge-o-mat II|
|Vehicle Tracking System .|
As you can see, there are a boatload of options. Most of these you can see online in the custom car configurator. If you were set on customizing your Porsche, and wanted to be sure you were using the best possible components to do it, this would be a great way to go. You’re not going to get a Gemballa “in your face” kind of look, but some of the best customizations are the subtle ones.
Here’s a sample of a Cayman with a few nice customization touches on the exterior from the Porsche Tequipment line:
Read more about the Tequipment options here: Porsche Tequipment
[Source & Pictures: Porsche.com]