(2006) Porsche 911 Carrera S Club Coupe (997.1) – Ultimate Guide
In 2006 Porsche offered a limited-edition run of 50 of the 997 Carrera S Club Coupe – to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Porsche Club of America. These were 997.1 Carrera S coupes fitted with the X51 Powerkit and special badging. All fifty cars were painted Azurro California (a metallic blue).
In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the Porsche Club of America (PCA), Porsche has created an exclusive 911 Carrera’ S Coupe model featuring a distinctive exterior color, unique interior styling and commemorative touches, and a more powerful and higher performing engine. Limited to an exclusive production run of just 50 cars initially made available to eligible PCA members, the 911 Club Coupe was unveiled this past weekend at PCA’s 50th Annual Porsche Parade in Hershey, Pa.
The 911 Club Coupe’s most visual exterior feature is its distinguishing Azurro California color. This paint color is a modern interpretation of azure blue, a color made popular on Porsche 356 sports cars when the PCA was founded 50 years ago. The rear portion of the standard center console is also painted in Azurro California. As an option, the backs of the sport seats can be painted in this striking metallic blue color, as well.
In addition to sport seats, the 911 Club Coupe’s standard interior features include black instrument dials and a sport steering wheel and gear shifter. Stainless steel doorsills incorporate the 911 Club Coupe logo, and each car bears a badge on the driver’s side door trim indicating its individual number in the series of 50 cars.
The Club Coupe is the first in the current generation of Porsche 911 sports cars to be equipped with the X51 Powerkit. This feature increases output of the 3.8-liter, flat-six cylinder Carrera S engine from 355 to 381 horsepower and peak torque from 295 to 306 ft. lbs., making it the most powerful non-turbocharged engine yet offered in a Porsche 911 production car for North America. Distinguished by its carbon fiber air cleaner housing, the X51 Powerkit boosts performance through a series of engine enhancements including a larger throttle body, optimized intake airflow, cylinder heads and exhaust manifold modifications, changes in the control unit, and the inclusion of a sport exhaust system. The result produces a 0 to 60 mph time of a quick 4.4 seconds and a top track speed of an impressive 186 mph.Like the Carrera S, the 911 Club Coupe is equipped with 19-inch wheels and tires, Porsche Stability Management (PSM), and
Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) for optimal handling. The Sport Chrono Package Plus system is also standard equipment, while Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) is available as an option.
Manufacturers’ suggested retail pricing for the 911 Club Coupe begins at $99,911 US and $145,911 CDN. It is anticipated that PCA members will purchase all 48 cars offered for sale. Due to their exclusivity, the purchasing process for these cars will be initiated through a special website (www.porsche.com/911clubcoupe) that is dedicated to the model. This website contains full terms and conditions of the sales offer. There is no charge to register for the sales offer. The offer to eligible U.S. and Canadian PCA members for the 48 Club Coupes that are available for purchase will be open until August 15, 2005. On or about this date, all of the remaining 48 Club Coupes not purchased by eligible PCA members may be made available to the general public.
As part of the PCA’s Golden Anniversary recognition, one of the 50 911 Club Coupes will be randomly given away to a lucky PCA member. Sweepstakes rules and eligibility are found on the same website referenced above. No purchase necessary to enter the Sweepstakes. The Sweepstakes is open to eligible U.S. and Canadian PCA members until Sept. 12, 2005.
The Porsche Club of America is one of the largest independent, single-marque automobile clubs in the world with approximately 84,000 individual members and 139 chapters in the United States and Canada. Bill Sholar founded the club 50 years ago when he and and a small group of 11 enthusiasts held their first business meeting on Sept. 13, 1955, at Blackie’s Grille in Alexandria, Va. More information about the club and its history can be found at www.pca.org.