Borrowing technology for the revolutionary 959 supercar, the 993 generation of Porsche’s venerable 911 would simultaneously mark the first 911 Turbo to feature all-wheel drive and the last with an air-cooled engine. Offering a twenty percent improvement in torsional strength under acceleration over its rear-wheel drive predecessor thanks to the new all-wheel drive, 0-60 miles per hour would take just 4.4 seconds. With widened rear wheel arches and fixed ‘whale tail’ rear wing housing the intercoolers, the 993 Turbo offered attractive, yet purposeful exterior styling. Ready to tackle any situation, Porsche would aptly describe the 993 as a car not built for just looking good but a true performance machine “built to depart for everywhere”.
Powered by a 3.6-liter flat-six engine with twin-turbochargers, power is sent through a six-speed manual transmission to all four wheels. The first 911 to feature multi-link rear suspension, handling is further assisted by Bilstein coilovers and 18-inch Turbo Twist wheels with Pirelli P Zero tires. Additional amenities include Xenon headlights with integrated fog lights, a power sunroof, rear windshield wiper, and polished exhaust outlets. A central tachometer and 200 mile per hour speedometer speak to the Turbo’s performance capabilities, while its white VDO instrument dials also include an analog quartz clock and six-function computerized driver information center with boost pressure gauge.
Offered with approximately 37,000 documented miles at the time of cataloging, this US-spec 993 Turbo is finished in the relatively uncommon yet striking exterior color of Arctic Silver Metallic. Porsche’s factory records confirm that the Turbo was produced on November 7, 1996, as a 1997 model, and delivered to Tom Wood Porsche in Indianapolis, Indiana with a sticker price of $110,405. The options list includes some desirable features including racing style hardback sport seats along with a very uncommon rear seat delete option. Factory aluminum trim inlays and carbon components are also noted, adding a bit of flair to the 993’s understated interior appointments.
The accompanying clean Carfax report records that the Turbo was first registered in Omaha, Nebraska, with further records indicating that it spent time in both Indiana and South Carolina through 2010, at which time it had accumulated 31,455 miles. The gradual accumulation of mileage is well documented in the Carfax, while service visits are recorded on its Porsche info pack, giving a clear impression of a car that has been well cared for and sparingly, but regularly, driven over the decades.
As the poster car for an entire generation of Porsche enthusiasts, the Turbo that ‘Kills Bugs Fast,’ is ready to be enjoyed as Porsche intended as the ultimate daily driver or special occasion sports car.
|Year of construction:||1997|
|Cylinder capacity:||3,6 Liter|
|Manufacturer color code (exterior):||Arktissilber 92T|
|New / used:||Used car|
|Ready to drive:||yes|