Often the era-defining significance of certain events only becomes clear when you look in the rear-view mirror. When Porsche unveiled the new 911 Turbo in 1995, this was also a defining moment for the sports car brand.
Virtually no other model epitomises the sea change that Porsche underwent in the mid 1990s like this one: the era of the air-cooled boxer engines that had characterised the young company drew to a close once and for all. The turbocharged 911 (993) was virtually the engine’s final, and perhaps even its most exciting, iteration. At the same time, the new Turbo also marked the start of something new: biturbo technology made its way into series production cars – almost a decade after a similar engine design had given the limited-run 959 a legendary status. And just like the German super sports car of the 1980s, the 993 generation 911 Turbo came with permanent all-wheel drive.
The rear wing of the 993 generation 911 Turbo
Never before had a sports car been catapulted so undramatically from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds. Never before had a sports car been so relaxed on straights, even at full acceleration. Never before had a sports car been so pleasant to drive everyday. Those who pushed the car to its limits were still in for a surprise – just an even more pleasant one. It is also precisely this sense of serenity that distinguishes the 290 km/h 911 Turbo from both the 993 generation and its water-cooled successors, which continue to amaze again and again, even to this day, because of their ever more outstanding performance. And, in a number of ways, it had adopted good manners, including in respect of emissions: it was the first car in the world to be offered with an OBD-II system.
Porsche 911 Turbo (1995) – Technical specifications
Engine: six-cylinder boxer, air-cooled, biturbo Drive: six-speed manual transmission, all-wheel drive Displacement: 3,600 cm3 Maximum power output: 408 PS at 5,750 rpm Vmax / 0–100 km/h: 290 km/h / 4.5 seconds Kerb weight: 1,500 kg
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Oct 06, 2020 at 12:40