• Jul 1, 2010
Ask anyone with the Centurion card from American Express and they'll tell you black is the new gold. The new platinum, even. Now the exclusive credit card has launched a special edition Porsche, just for card holders.

The Porsche 911 Carrera S Centurion Edition is distinguished by matte black paint with blacked-out wheels, and an interior decked out in black leather, Alcantara and carbon fiber trim. Oh, and there are special badges, of course. But that's about it.

Only three of them will be made – available exclusively in Hong Kong – which is probably just as well considering each costs nearly a quarter million dollars. No word on whether you can pay it off entirely on your credit card, though.

[Source: GTSpirit.com]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Well thats just ridiculous, I bet i can walk in to a porsche dealership and spec the exact same car (black this, matte that...) through their personalization option Nd it wont cost anywhere near 1/4million bucks.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ speed12sil , the 911 turbo is Porsche's GT cruiser , it accelerates very fast , but it's still a soft and comfortable cruiser.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not the special badges.

        I'd actually mention this to one of our CEOs, except:
        (a) we're not in Hong Kong
        (b) It's not a Turbo or GT3 so he wouldn't want it

        [Both "co-CEOs" of my employer carry Centurion cards]

        Also, not enough research went into this article. Yes, you could pay the car off entirely with the card. People have purchased private jets with the thing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The fact that you can talk to your CEOs means you're either very high up or your company is small enough you get to talk to them without going through the secretary. My guess is the former, in which case you yourself can probably afford the car too :P

        BTW completely related, but saw a 997.2 black turbo cabriolet during the lunch break today. Some ~50 yr old man with his female companion in it with no plate yet(it's Cali afterall). Damn that looked nice. Never do get the point of turbo cab though... Cabs are more for cruising than getting the passenger to wet him/herself. The coupe does it better than the cab anyway.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Braden - You cant "pay the car off with the card".
        You can put the car on your card...and then you get to enjoy paying the interest as well. WOW, what a deal!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Apparently you don't realize how much cars cost in other parts of the world...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man, this article is confusing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Black is not the "new" gold. It has been that way for years and years.
        • 4 Years Ago
        How can it be new if it's been that way for years?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm sure you can purchase the car with this card...I mean, why would American Express offer it if the cardholders can't buy it with the card?

      Plus, anyone wealthy enough to own this card, in Hong Kong, will probably have no trouble buying the car should he or she be interested in it. The card itself is made of metal, adding to the G factor.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You sure can use the card for it. There is no preset spending limit on American Express, and the Centurion requirements are high enough that most Centurion card holders could purchase the vehicle without requiring a callback from Amex.

        Just remember that the Centurion card, like all traditional Amex cards, are charge cards and not credit cards. This means you MUST pay off the balance at the end of the month, and you carrying forward a balance is a bad bad bad thing. Even the original blog post gets this wrong.

        People who aren't familiar with the Centurion program should read up on it before commenting on what benefits it conveys, but then again, this is the internet...

        The only problem with this is that it is likely sold out already since Centurion members got emailed this before it hit the public, it's right hand drive so mainlanders find it a pain, and probably has no aesthetic room for dual license plates (HK and PRC). Otherwise they probably could have sold 30.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like someone found a way to get a nice bonus this year....suckas!

      Cuz really...what else is the point?
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is in Hong Kong, where there is a heavy tariff on cars. A 997 Carrera S costs about $220k USD ($1.7M HKD) over there. $250k USD ($2M HKD) is not really that outrageous for the market.
        • 4 Years Ago
        in case you dont know, tariff does not go to porsche it goes to the government
        so there is no profit gained. At least not from the tariff
        • 4 Years Ago
        1, Build special edition car
        2, Sell to the Chinese
        3, Profit!
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