Porsche has boosted its profits over the past decade in part by adding a cornucopia of customizable features across its lineup, but the aftermarket industry has also stepped up its game by giving owners a wealth of choice. For those who want an even more detailed and niche car, check out the new Brabus 820, based on the Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet. And 820 is not just a random number.
German tuner Brabus actually calls this car the PowerXtra P38S-820 and it actually produces 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 get the most out of those snails. A Brabus INCONEL exhaust offers more flow and a unique sound. 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 faster than the Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet’s 640 hp and 590 lb-ft of 2.7 seconds and top speed of 330 km/h (205 mph) with the Sport Chrono package.
The company even includes two different modes for this exhaust, including “Sport” and “Coming Home” modes, which will be quieter. What won’t be quiet is the pair of BoostXtra valves which are essentially air-to-atmosphere bleed valves. That’s right, that kind of Fast and Furious sound effect has made its way to a car like this.
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A less powerful version of this Brabus convertible 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 bhp (478 kW). INCONEL exhaust is also available but not standard on the 720. With this kit, the open-top 911 Turbo S reaches 62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.6 seconds and has a top speed of 208 mph ( 335 km/h).
In terms of design changes inside and out of the standard 911 Cabriolet, this is more of an evolution than a revolution. Small, subtle carbon fiber flaps extend from a front spoiler and provide a functional aerodynamic enhancement.
At the rear of the car, a matching carbon fiber diffuser encapsulates the exhaust system and a new spoiler sits higher than the stock unit. Brabus also offers different wheels and tires that buyers can choose from.
Inside the cabin, you’ll see black quilted leather with red piping and stitching. And to put it more plainly, it’s everywhere, from seats to door cards to floor mats. That same red and black treatment is also found on hard surfaces and frankly, it looks pretty slick. It’s the type of custom 911 that won’t necessarily turn normal people’s heads, but Porsche fans will know that’s not normal.