Monday, August 15, 2016
1997 Porsche 911 Turbo (993)
If you ask Porsche purists what model they dream of owning, many will passionately tell you “the 911 Turbo from the 933 series”. Melding beautiful curves with exhilarating performance, it was the last of the air-cooled Porsches and the last of the handbuilt 911s, making it the last of the true Porsches as far as purists are concerned. The 993 series was probably Porsche’s most celebrated series ever, with models of phenomenal quality and performance. The bodies are smoother with more integrated headlights and bumpers than in previous models, and the Turbo model offers wider wheel arches as well as a big fixed wing. Its powerful, 3.6-liter horizontally opposed 6-cylinder engine produces 408 (PS) horses that sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds. Yet power comes on smoothly with no turbo lag or sudden boost, and there are oodles of torque for practical everyday driving. Handling is also superb thanks to a multi-link suspension that dramatically reduces the snap oversteer of previous generations and a lightweight 959-style AWD system.