The last air-cooled Porsche Turbo.
The 993 chassis was the end of an amazing era, and Porsche sent the Turbo out with a bang – huge power, new driveline, and performance to beat almost every other car globally available in 1996 at the time of launch.
Twin turbo charging and a large intercooler brought 400hp and 400 lb./ft. of torque out of the 3.6L flat six to the new AWD system. 0-60mph was dispensed in as little as 3.7 seconds by some of the motoring press in period, as well a 12.1 second ¼ mile at 113mph. This is still quite quick by today’s standards, but to put that in perspective in the late 1990s…
From the June 1995 Motortrend article by C. Van Tune – “To beat this Stuttgart screamer into submission requires a force no less wieldy than the million-dollar 627-horsepower V-12 McLaren F1. And we’re still not wholly convinced that Uncle Sam will ever allow any of those little gems onto our shores. The 611-horsepower quad-turbo V-12 all-wheel-drive $350,000 Bugatti EB110 may indeed be certified for abuse in the land of the free(way), but its peaky powerband (max power isn’t generated until 8250 rpm) and hefty 3940-pound curb weight put it behind this Porsche in off-the-mark and quarter-mile scoot…..In the realm of machines attainable by mere mortals, the pressurized 911 continues its merciless onslaught of ego destruction. Big-brag Ferraris like the 512TR, 456GT, and F355 get their lightweight doors vacuumed off in short order. Stars-and-stripes flag-wavers like Dodge Vipers and Corvette ZR-1s are left to slink home in humiliation. Even the all-awesome, all-wheel-drive Lamborghini Diablo VT can’t keep pace with this angry German’s face-smearing accelerative force.”