The 964 generation of the Porsche 911 is best remembered for being the last iteration cut from the same cloth as the first 911s 30 years prior. Underneath its timeless body, however, the Stuttgart-based automaker’s latest offering was said to be 85 percent new when compared to its Carrera 3.2 predecessor.
Leading the way was an all-new naturally aspirated air-cooled 3.6-liter flat six-cylinder known as the M64. This engine was all aluminum with dry-sump lubrication, twin-spark ignition, and seven main bearings on a forged crankshaft. The chassis saw the first major suspension redesign since the 911’s inception, with coil springs and shock absorbers replacing the previous signature torsion bars. Power steering and antilock brakes were also added for the first time, both as standard equipment. In February 1993, Porsche finally announced the 911 Turbo 3.6, the highest-performance regular production car the company had ever produced.
Fed by a single KKK K27 turbocharger, power increased to 355 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. The engine shared most internal parts with that of the stock 964, but new pistons and camshafts provided the required 7.5:1 compression ratio. Road tests of the period reported a 0–60 time of just 4.0 seconds. The 964 3.6 Turbo was only sold for the 1993 and 1994 model years, with fewer than 1,500 cars produced in total.
Displaying less than 6,300 miles from new as of cataloguing time, the U.S.-delivery 964 Turbo offered here is an exceptionally well-preserved example wearing Guards Red over Cashmere leather. The car was factory optioned with supple leather seats, electric sliding sunroof, and remote operated CD changer. An assortment of books, tools, service records, and a copy of its window sticker accompany the sale.
Porsche 964 Turbos represent the peak of the firm’s air-cooled technology as developed on the legacy 911 chassis. This example, is particularly appealing for its exceptionally low mileage and stunning level of preservation.
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