Porsche 911 (993) Turbo S (1994-1997)
The 911 (993) is sublime and it is the darling of Porsche enthusiasts around the globe. This was the last classic air-cooled Porsche, and the contrast between it and the modern 911 (991) series is striking. The earlier 911 is more compact, bullet-like and head-turning.
The (993) Turbo is all pumped-up to extremes amd those 6cm-wider rear fenders look butch and exaggerated. The rear wing is nicely OTT, and with those steamroller rear tyres, it’s every inch the squat tarmac-melter its reputation implies.
Porsche itself refers to the 993 as “a significant advance, not just from a technical, but also a visual perspective. The exterior featured all-new front and rear ends. The bodywork was smoother than on the 964, and the 993 came with a noticeably more aerodynamic front end somewhat reminiscent of the 959.
Lighter and more aerodynamic than the previous 964 Series, this 911 has big lungs and tremendous punch. Twist the Porsche’s key and you know immediately that you are in for something special. Even blindfolded, one will always recognise the feel of the Porsche, but once that flat-six engine burst into life, the whirring of all the mechanical pieces express themselves with a leap off the line similar to a cheetah sprinting after a helpless gazelle.
The main mechanical difference with this turbo is that was the first 911 Turbo to get all-wheel drive. That change alone meant that the 911 Turbo could take full advantage of the 400hp and 400 lb.-ft. of torque it had on tap. It now had the traction and power mix to hit 60 mph in four seconds flat and did the quarter mile in 12.4 seconds at 114 mph.
Back at its launch, MotorWeek even went so far as to call the 993 Turbo “one of the most capable road cars ever built.”
By today’s standards, the 911 Turbo can still post some impressive numbers.