In 1974, production of the now-classic Porsche 911 began. In America it was named the 930, although it was firmly the Porsche Turbo 911 here in Europe. One of its most recognisabe feature is the wideness of its wheel arches, allowing for wide tires to be fitted. Its spoiler is also quite striking, going by the name “whale tail” in early versions and later on “tea tray”.
Soon, the 930 would gain a solid reputation for its accurate levels of acceleration although it could be difficult to handle. The first versions of this model had just a three litre engine, managing 256 BHP. However in 1976 a sports car version of the 911 Turbo was released, named the 934, rapidly becoming a favourite in Le Mans and many other races thanks to its superior handling and power. The models produced in 1989 were the only ones with five speed gearboxes however.
At the beginning of the 90s, Porsche released a Turbo version of its 964 series and in the first few years it had a 3.3 litre engine which was similar to that used in the 930 – providing 320 PS in total. Then came the Carrera 2 and 4 which had a 3.6 litre engine and 360 PS in just the rear wheels – unfortunately, it was eventually replaced by the Porsche 993 Turbo in 1995.
This Porsche Turbo 993 was revolutionary in a number of ways, although mostly because it was the first of the standard Porsche cars to feature a twin exhaust turbocharger. It did also have as permanent all wheel drive, although it was possible to remove this feature.
In ’97, Porsche released a limited run of the Porsche 993 Turbo S in just two hundred units – and to acclaim as the car had a higher performance rate than its predecessor. It also had a few extra features, including modifications to the actual body of the car as well as an extra 24 PS above the normal Turbo 400. Even now, the 993 Turbo is a steep price thanks to its proven reliability, power and because it is the last of the air-cooled Turbo 911s.
Later in the year 2000 the 966 Turbo was released – quite simply a Turbo version of the 966. It came with a 3.6 litre engine, four wheel drive as standard, and twin turbocharged inter-cooled, resulting in an impressive 415 BHP –allowing for 0-60 in just under four seconds. Two years later it had an upgrade and was renamed the X50 or Turbo S, making the power up to 444 BHP and with air vents in the rear bumpers and front of the vehicle.
The 997 GT3 Porsche came out in 2006 with tons of aerodynamic features but with the same 3.6 litre engine as the 996 Turbo. It actually had more power though, reaching an impressive 480 PS and managing 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds with its Tiptronic Transmission. It’s also been considered much more driver-friendly, which is one of the biggest appeals of Porsche cars as it is.