The Porsche 911 Turbo LE of 1989 offers all the benefits of the SE but without the Slant-Nose styling. The 911 Turbo SE of the mid-1980s offered a useful 30bhp extra power over the 300bhp produced by the standard Turbo of the day. The problem, though, was that part of the Special Equipment (which SE stood for) included a Slant-Nose front end. Instead of the 911’s distinctive wings and round headlamps you got a wedge-shaped front with pop-up headlamps, which even then were getting somewhat passé. To put it into some sort of style perspective, the Triumph TR7 which was […]
Porsche has just announced details of its latest incarnation of the 911 Turbo Cabriolet. Here’s what the company has to say about it: The dynamic range of the new 911 Turbo models1) multiplied by the driving pleasure offered by an open-top sports car: This is the succinct formula behind the two new leading 911 Cabriolet models. Some 50 years after the 911 first made its début and to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the 911 Turbo, the open-top versions of the 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S are making their global début. The vehicles will be unveiled for the […]
Here’s an interesting photo I found in my archives. It’s a press shot of a Porsche 911SC and 911 Turbo from 1976, showing each car with its respective engine. The turbocharger is clearly visible on the lower left side of the Turbo engine and, even back then, the engine was tightly packaged. Note that that Turbo is badged ‘Turbo Carrera’ which is how the car was marketed in the USA for a short period.
I’m not a big fan of YouTube videos of cars driving around a track, but this one is different. It shows the yet to be released Porsche 991 Turbo being tested on the Nürburgring. If nothing else, it shows that the 911 Turbo is almost ready for production and, if the footage is anything to go by, it will be an astonishing performer. But then we wouldn’t expect anything less from a 911 Turbo. Frustratingly, the video doesn’t give much away about the 991 Turbo’s appearance – the cars are disguised to look like 997 Turbos. However, it doesn’t take […]
I had a call yesterday from a chap wanting to buy his first 911 – a 996. As soon as he said his budget was around £23,000, I immediately thought ‘Carrera 4S’. A few moments later, he said he fancied a 4S but was concerned it may be too extreme for a first 911. Not at all. The Carrera 4S is basically a standard 996 enhanced with a wide Turbo bodyshell and Turbo brakes and suspension, plus a classic full-width rear reflector. To my eye, it’s the best-looking 996 of all (especially from the rear) and is lovely to drive […]
This was shared by the Facebook Porsche in the movies page, and is a trailer for a 1980s Australian film called Freedom! It shows a young man fantasising about a Porsche 911 Turbo and a beautiful woman, while he’s playing a computer game (or at least that’s my interpretation of it). There’s some wonderfully mad driving in the silver 911 Turbo, including getting it airborne and taking it off road, plus a cool soundtrack. Crazy stuff and a lot of fun to watch! The Porsche gets written off in a spectacular crash and, looking at the footage, it looks like […]
Here’s a very rare Porsche 911. It’s a 1988 Turbo Targa. Porsche only made Targa versions of the Turbo in 1988 and 1989, and just 297 were sold worldwide in that time. Few 0f those were right-hand drive cars sold in the UK. This low-mileage example is in beautiful original condition and is available for sale now. Click here for full details and photographs of this highly collectable Porsche 911.
I had a call from a chap who was considering buying a 996 Carrera 4S. The 4S is the Turbo-bodied car and sells for a premium over the standard car. He explained that he was concerned it was too cheap at £19,000. Now that is cheap for a decent 4S – they’re usually start at about £23,000 for a half-decent example. He said it had 88,000 miles on the clock, had a full service history and had been serviced 4000 miles ago. An HPI check had proved clear and the car seemed sound if a bit dirty. The seller, apparently, […]