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Porsche 911 Turbo Published: 13th Aug 2018 - 0 Comments - Be the first, contribute now!

Porsche 911 Turbo
Porsche 911 Turbo
Porsche 911 Turbo
Porsche 911 Turbo
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For a huge number of 911 lovers the standard models are exciting enough to drive – so just imagine what a tarmac tearing Turbo is like! Launched almost 35 years ago, it elevated the 911 to true supercar status but are certainly not for snowflakes… They are a lot more expensive to buy and run as well so chose your next 911 carefully…


Orignal 911s were a challenging handful, adding the fact the early Turbos suffered from massive lag, which could make them a nightmare as the boost arrived just when you didn’t want it and that’s some challenge. However the real problem arises if you drive any air-cooled 911, like a modern as early cars will punish the pilot when cornering although the 4WD of the Carrera 4 ensures that anyone can drive a 911 with full confi dence. Much of the handling diffculties must be considered to have been in the minds of inexperienced drivers. There is certainly an art to driving a 911 ‘properly’ which many owners don’t grasp. Happily there are numerous driving courses, some operated by Porsche, which are well worth attending as they will help you get the most from yours, safely – what Porsche you own.

With power starting at a nominal 260bhp rising to 360bhp for the 964, rising to 480bhp on the 997, performance is hardly an issue…


Turbos sell for big money and you may need £200K for original picture perfect 930 model due to rarity; later 3.3-litre cars (1978) are half this but five-speeders from 1989, LE and some specials worth a lot more. As with normal 911s, the later the model the cheaper they become. Dearest is the all-wheel drive motorsportderived 959; expect to pay six figures.


1974 Launched at Paris Show (production for ’75) as ‘930’ relying on Porsche’s racing experience with KKK turbos. Identified by flared rear body, ‘whale tail’ spoiler

1978 930 3.3 has larger engine; 40bhp more by way of turbo intercooler, 917 racing brakes and revised, larger rear spoiler design

1984 New engine management system spells 300bhp nominal; 330bhp SE for ’86 has special nose job taken from race cars

1986 Road racer 959 has 4WD, twin turbos for 450bhp

1989 LE is same as earlier SE with but conventional styling; five-speeds at long last

1991 964 Turbo introduced with revised rear wing and 320bhp (regular model) plus new rear suspension design

1992 Turbo S has a more aggressive look, less weight and 381bhp

1993 993 range replaces 964, Turbo and GT2, Turbo S for 1998, 996 Turbo for 2001

Best models


The original in its rawest form with masses of turbo lag and fourspeeds only; later 3.3 has extra 40bhp but more forgiving handling traits.


Last of the traditional styled 911 with famous ‘tea tray’ wing. 320bhp but Turbo S is 61bhp to the good plus almost 200kg lighter with RS chassis.

996/7 Turbo & S

Final fling for air-cooled 911s and with 408bhp it was the best sorted (Carrera 4) as well as the most civilised. Later Turbo S has extra 42bhp.

Top buying tips

Expert advice

If you’ve never driven a Turbo, try a few as it will be hard to spot a bad one. Which model? A good specialist will advise you here – or whether you should go turbo at all if you’re not after performance as maintenace costs are much higher


Can rot badly, not until P-reg were bodies fully galvanised; check all the vital areas plus bulkheads,floor battery boxes and screen surrounds for repairs


Given their trickier handling, inspect all Turbo models for poor past accident damage; a HPI data check is advisable


Low oil pressure isn’t a major worry but lack of long runs can be. Look for undue smoking and uneven running signalling turbocharger wear. Check the conditon of the oil on all models. Proper rebuilds are mega dear but turbo engines do not suffer infamous RMS and IMS ills

Running gear

Condition of exhaust heat exchangers on early cars is critical as it act as heater so allows fumes in the cabin. Expect to find more wear in the suspension, brakes, clutch and transmission which is why a solid service history from a specialist is so important

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