Porsche 993 Turbo Cabrio
- One of only 14 993 Turbo Cabriolets ever built
- Built by Porsche Exclusive (special order)
- Extremely rare opportunity
The Porsche 993 Turbo Cabriolet
Porsche has always been amenable to creating special road cars for its favoured clients; such orders were normally directed to the Porsche Exclusive Department, formerly known as the Special Wishes office. There, for an often-considerable price, would be crafted automobiles that fell outside what might be considered normal production parameters; in other words, these were ‘bespoke’ automobiles with hand-selected features.
Here is one such example, from a group – no more than 14 units – of 993-series cabriolets from model year 1995 ordered by Kaspar Haberl’s MAHAG Porsche distributorship in Munich. Their VINs open the door to something far out of the ordinary; you will not find them listed among the most commonly referenced Porsche databases. In fact, Porsche never offered this specific variant in an official sense.
The company had not produced a 911 Turbo in cabriolet form since the demise of the G-series 3.3 in 1989. The 993 Turbo cabriolet website notes that with the 964 Turbo model out of production and no 993 turbo package in the offing until at least 1995, the only possibility for a customer who demanded one was to have a car built to order – always a costly proposition. That is where Haberl entered the picture. After seeing the gracefully styled 993 cabriolet at its introduction in Geneva in 1994, Haberl approached Porsche management to pitch the idea of a limited-edition Turbo version. Porsche agreed, if Haberl would agree to purchase at least 10 cars, which would of course reduce the per-unit price. Haberl did not blink; the order was quickly confirmed and work began at Porsche Exclusive.
Plugging the M64/50 3.6 Turbo engine and associated G50/52 five-speed transmission from the 1994 964 Turbo into a 1995 993 was not as simple as it might seem; there were numerous differences in the new convertible’s rear-quarter sheet metal, both internal and external, from that of a Turbo coupe. However, anything can be accomplished by skilled engineers and craftsmen, especially with enough room on the bottom line. In this case, installing the 360-horsepower single-turbo flat-six, the stronger manual transmission with rear-wheel drive, the widened Turbo bodywork and rear deck spoiler of the 964 3.6 Turbo S, bumped the price of these hybridized cabriolets to a breath-taking DM 264,000, a premium of DM 112,000 over the price of a standard 993 cabriolet.
The 993 itself was a major improvement over its predecessor, the 964. Only a few components were carried over. The entire rear suspension was re-engineered; gone were Porsche’s traditional rear trailing arms and transverse torsion bars. In their place was a new light-alloy multi-link system utilising coil springs and wishbones called LSA, which the factory said stood for ‘lightweight, stable, agile’. In front remained torsion bars and coil-over struts.