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porsche panamera exclusive series

For 32 years, the Porsche Exclusive Series has been precisely as advertised – a series of ultra-collectibles coming from the Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen sports car concern. The first of these was dubbed the 1983 Porsche 935 Street, a one-off variation of the 911 Turbo (930) built for a special customer.

That customer, Mansour Ojjeh, CEO of Techniques d'Avantgarde (TAG), was instrumental in bringing Porsche back to Formula One as engine supplier to the McLaren team from 1983-87. During that period, the McLaren TAG-Porsche snagged 25 victories and five world championship titles. To this day, TAG Group Holdings retains a 25 per cent interest in the McLaren Group. In other words, Ojjeh was the type of customer with the influence needed to secure a one-off Porsche from the factory.

Another famous customer, Jerry Seinfeld, also wrangled his own special-order Porsche Exclusive Series car, a "re-creation" of a 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.6 Speedster. The original one-off model was a 60th birthday present to Ferdinand Alexander (F.A.) Porsche. The so-called "Seinfeld Speedster" was a special request from the comedian to build a similar but not identical car, a conversion of a used 911 Carrera by the Porsche Exclusive team that took two years to complete.

The most recent Porsche Exclusive Series model is not as exclusive, but you've already missed your chance to buy it. Based on the 2015 Porsche Panamera Turbo S Executive, the Panamera Exclusive Series will have a global production run of just 100 examples – and the two earmarked for Canada are already spoken for.

The Panamera Exclusive Series represents the first time that the genius of the design and engineering teams at Porsche Exclusive has been applied to a four-door model. There are 13 different variations on the Panamera theme; this one represents the top of the gilded heap.

The starting point is the fastest and largest version of the Porsche currently available, the long-wheelbase Turbo S. This engineering marvel features some impressive numbers: a twin-turbocharged 4.8-litre V-8 engine, 570 horsepower, and a top speed of 310 km/h.

Almost every desirable option has been made standard on the Porsche Exclusive Series version – and there are more specialized features to boot. The most obvious of these is the two-tone graduated exterior paint scheme with jet-black metallic on top and a golden brown section along the sides of the car. This section, only visible from certain angles and in certain light, is hand-painted and unique to a fault.

The Panamera Exclusive Series also boasts a numbered plaque on the glovebox, large touchscreens mounted behind the front seats with built-in cameras for selfies and/or teleconferences, two-tone walnut inlays in the doors that mimic the exterior paint colours, and leather seating surfaces from Italian furniture-maker Poltrona Frau.

The price for this is $300,000 – $70,000 more than the regular Panamera Turbo S Executive. However, unless you're one of the two Canadians who ordered the car, you'll need to make do – at least until the next Porsche Exclusive Series model is announced.

The writer was a guest of the auto maker. Content was not subject to approval.

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