Porsche 911 Turbo – Iconic Classic Supercar
How To Restore Classic Cars today looks at the Iconic Porsche 911 Turbo first introduced in 1975.
The engineers experienced this new engine and Chairman Ernst Fuhrman decided that they could use a turbo on a production car. The first
prototype was displayed at several European shows in 1973. In 1974, the 911 Turbo went on sale and at the time it had a 3.0 liter 260 bhp engine.
This new Porsche was full of luxury. The standard Turbo had air-conditioning, electric windows, tinted glass, headlamp washers, a leather interior and Bilstein shocks. Originally, it was supposed to be a limited edition, with only 500 models to be sold. However, the demand was so high that more than 1000 cars were sold. It was now clear that the 911 Turbo would have a secure future.
This car’s huge tires, wide wheels and big rear wing are some of the features that ensnared the clients. Together with its remarkable engine, it definitely looks faster than other automobiles.
In 1978 Porsche Introduced the now Iconic 911 3.3 Turbo
It was in 1978 when certain modifications had been implemented. The engine now was larger with 3.3 liters and produced more than 40 bhp over its predessor. Even the rear wing had been altered, it was installed a little higher so that an intercooler can be incorporated.
We at How To Restore Classic Cars owned on of these fabulous Classic Supercars in 1982, and since it was sold in 1984, have missed it ever since. It was that special something that this car has – You can poodle down to the shops at 30 mph and then take to the Race Track and hammer round at 150 mph – But it never seemed to complain, just kept on doing what it was designed to do, unlike some of the other so-called “Supercars” we have owned.
In 1979 though, the Turbo was withdrawn from US and Japanese Markets, as a response to the second energy crunch.
Thankfully, it came back in the US in 1986 where flared bodywork had been redisigned. It was shown at the Geneva Motorshow in 1992 as Turbo S where the engine delivered a much improved 381 bhp. Another great feature is that Turbo S is faster than the original Turbo version since the redisign produced a reduction in weight over 120 kilograms.
In 1993 The 3.6 Litre 911 Turbo was Introduced
The engine was enhanced once again in 1993. This time the engine capacity increased to 3.6 liters. Known as the Porsche Turbo 3.6.
Basing on the 993 series, a new Turbo version was again launched in 1996. It had a six-speed gearbox, a four-wheel drive and the engine output increased, yet again, to about 408 bhp. It also was lighter by some 20% in comparison to the Turbo 3.6 due to the 5 hollowed spokes 18″ Alloy Wheels. The brakes are also more powerful and safer to use since the front wing now has air ducts to provide extra cooling when using the brakes.
After the 993 Turbo comes another model: the 996 Turbo with more features to give. Since it has improved aerodynamics, it’s considered to be the fastest model which can reach a top speed of 190 mph (305 kph approx) and can come to a full stop in 4.2 seconds 60 mph (100 kph). To easily recognize this model, it has air intakes behind the doors, a movable rear-spoiler and bi-xenon headlights.
How To Restore Classic Cars looks forward to an ever developing production of the Porsche 911, but nothing will ever replace the special feelings we have for the original classic Porsche 911 3.3 Turbo.