Personalise your sports car whatever way you want, provided safety is not compromised
A Porsche to match your nail colour? Around 90 skilled workers at the Porsche Exclusive customer centre in Stuttgart work on customising the luxury sports cars to customers' tastes -- PHOTO: PORSCHE

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, says Mr Karl-Heinz Volz, general manager for Porsche Exclusive's customer centre in Zuffenhausen in Stuttgart. 'The world is big and different, so you will see examples here that you may like to see in your garage and some you might not.'

Looking at some of the personalised Porsches being prepared for delivery, I must agree that money does not necessarily buy good taste. Then again, some people like having chilli sauce with their Beluga caviar.

Porsche Exclusive was set up 25 years ago to allow customers to fine-tune their new sports car to their specific tastes, much like a tailor-made suit. Yes, there are aftermarket tuners that also provide this service, but having it done officially means that your bespoke Porsche will be 'born' this way - with warranty intact.

Back in the pre-Internet days, if you wanted a personalised Porsche, you had to visit your local dealership where a consultant would show you leather swatches and colour samples and you made your selection from there.

Today, thanks to an online car configurator, Porsche customers can visualise how their custom-designed car will look before placing the order in the comfort of their own homes.

Mr Ulrike Lutz, equipment manager at Porsche Exclusive Stuttgart, says: 'For the 911, there are 741 possible combinations based just on stock factory exterior, interior and rim design. However, our Colour To Sample programme means you can bring us any colour you would like to use and we'll find the closest match. If it doesn't exist, we can custom mix it for you and you can even name it.'

Mr Stefan Nadj, a Porsche Exclusive executive for the last decade, recalls an unusual request of a female customer who brought in her favourite nail polish and wanted to have her Boxster painted in the same colour.

Most Porsches leave the factory with some form of Exclusive content. A common request is to have the Porsche crest on the front seat headrests. Another popular option is the Sport exhaust system offered on most models - this is specified when the car is ordered and then installed on the main production line.

From something as simple as a different colour of cabin leather to a totally one-of-a-kind interior, any request will be entertained as long as safety is not compromised and there are no changes to the vehicle's drivetrain.

For example, if you wanted the GT wing from the GT3 RS on your regular 911 Carrera and the engineers believe that it will affect the car's aerodynamics, you might be advised to get a set of door sills with Walter Rohrl's signature instead.

An in-house shop on the Stuttgart factory grounds has around 90 skilled workers making a wide variety of special interior parts and installing them in the individual car cockpits.

Console and door cards of your Cayenne covered in 'whipped cream' leather? No problem. Painted gauges for your Panamera instrument panel? Not an issue. Different coloured stitching for the left and right seats of your Cayman? Go right ahead. Entire interior trimmed in canary yellow Alcantara? They can do that, too.

The one thing Porsche Exclusive will not do is change the colour of the brake callipers. They come in black, red or yellow. 'Dressing' them probably goes against Porsche's no-nonsense sports car philosophy.

So, you can 'play' with the cabin, but you should not mess with the engineering.