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Oh Cool Porsche Exclusive Made An Exclusive Lexus SC430

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Porsche has a customization program called “Porsche Exclusive,” which is “exclusive” in the same way that buying a normal Porsche is “exclusive.” Basically, you just pay a bunch of money, and you’re admitted to the club automatically – unlike some automakers. To show it off, they mostly put a bunch of wood on a convertible.

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Technically, the car is a Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet with some additional exterior bits, and technically, the “wood” is a rich mahogany with many brown leather-bound seats, but just look at it. And now, just look at a 2002 Lexus SC430, which also dabbled in copious amounts of dead trees and pulled the look off better with a high-contrast aesthetic:

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Now I know that wood has its place in lightweight sports cars – the Porsche Carrera GT paid homage to that, with its balsa wood shifter – but this is just, well, a bit ugly, if we’re being honest. Wood styling has moved beyond high-gloss medium brown chestnut or walnut or maple or whatever. It doesn’t necessarily look cheap anymore, like the sort of finishing you’d never actually have on any home furnishings.

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Good wood nowadays looks like this, in cars like the Volvo XC90:

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Mmmm, yeah. That’s great wood. Stylish, classy, full of fiber.


Contact the author at ballaban@jalopnik.com.
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