Porsche has increased its profits over the last decade in part by adding a cornucopia of customizable features throughout its lineup, but the aftermarket industry has stepped its game as well offering owners a flurry of choices. For those who want a car that’s even more detailed and niche, meet the new Brabus 820, based on the Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet. And 820 isn’t just a random number.
German tuner Brabus actually calls this car the PowerXtra P38S-820 and it does in fact make 820 PS or 809 hp (603 kW) and 700 lb-ft (950 Nm) of torque. Upgraded Brabus turbochargers provide more boost and recalibrated ECU tuning helps to get the most out of those snails. A Brabus INCONEL exhaust provides more flow and a unique sound. The performance mods result in a 0-60 time of 2.5 seconds and a top speed of 211 mph (340 km/h). That’s slightly quicker than the standard 640 hp and 590 lb-ft Porsche 911 Turbo S Convertible’s 2.7 second 0-60 time and 205 mph (330 km/h) top speed with the Sport Chrono Package.
The company even includes two different modes for that exhaust including ‘Sport’ and ‘Coming Home’ mode which will be quieter. What won’t be quiet are the pair of BoostXtra valves that are basically vent-to-atmosphere blow-off valves. That’s right folks, that sort of Fast and Furious sound effect has made its way to a car like this.
A less-powerful version of this Brabus drop-top is also available which makes a total of 720 PS (711 hp / 529 kW). It’s called – you guessed it – the Brabus PowerXtra PS38S-720. Unlike the 820, this version just gets an ECU update but still offers a nice boost over the stock 640 hp (478 kW). The INCONEL exhaust is also available though not standard on the 720. With this kit, the open-top 911 Turbo S hits 62mph (100km/h) in 2.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 208 mph (335 km/h).
In terms of design changes to the interior and exterior of the standard 911 Cabriolet, they’re more of an evolution rather than a revolution. Small subtle carbon fiber flaps extend from a front spoiler and offer functional aerodynamic enhancement.
On the rear of the car, a matching carbon fiber diffuser encapsulates the exhaust system and a new spoiler is set higher than the stock unit. Brabus also offers different wheels and tires for buyers to choose from.
Inside the cabin, you’ll see black quilted leather with red piping and stitching. And to put that more clearly, it’s everywhere from the seats to the door cards, to the floor mats. That same red and black treatment finds its way onto the hard surfaces too and frankly, it looks pretty slick. This is the type of customized 911 that won’t necessarily turn the heads of normal folks but Porsche fans will know that it’s not normal.