The Porsche 911 Turbo, known within the Porsche company as the Porsche 930, was manufactured between 1975 and 1989, and was considered Porsches top-of-the-line offering for its entire production duration. It also holds the distinction of being the fastest production car available in Germany at the time of its introduction. Although Porsche had started experimenting with turbo charged engines on their race cars during the late 1950s, the first Porsche 911 Turbo would be unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show of 1973 to test the market potential of the design. The production version was released at the Paris Auto Show in 1974 before being put into production in Europe for the 1975 model-year, marketed simply as the 911 Turbo. Models bound for the United States did not hit the market until 1976. Although the Porsche 911 Turbo was quite demanding, prone by its short wheelbase and rear engine layout to oversteer, sports car enthusiasts of the era loved the Porsche 911 Turbo. The first and most significant upgrades would come in 1978, when the engine was enlarged to 3.3L and an air-to-air intercooler was added. Later variations would include the popular Slant Nose in 1981, the fastest 911 Turbos starting in 1984, and the 911 Turbo models introduced in 1989 with the G50 transmission, a 5-speed manual.
The classic Porsche 911 Turbo symbolizes everything Porsche is known for distinctive body shape, wide wheel arches, large rear spoiler and incredible, be it legendary, Porsche power. If youre thinking about buying a Porsche 911 Turbo, or Porsche 930 as it was marketed in the States, here are a few Buyers Tips to keep in mind. First, in the United States, the very first 911 Turbo models were badged as Turbo Carrera models. Be on the lookout for these early examples. Second, it is important to understand that the driving experience may not live up to what youve been expecting. As with most 1980s turbo cars, the interior feels dated, the engine can feel sluggish at low revs and then there is the issue of turbo lag. Yet, once the turbo kicks in, youre in for an exciting and wild ride. The good news is that the Porsche 911 Turbos image is often more famous than its performance. So youll certainly enjoy the perks of ownership as onlookers stare with interest.
Buying a classic Porsche 911 Turbo can be an exciting time, but with so many options available to you, it is vitally important that you be patient in finding the example that best suits your needs. Learn more about the various Porsche 911 Turbo models throughout this website. Should you have any questions or would like more information, The Beverly Hills Car Club is always just a phone call away. Connect today to get started!
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