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Porsche 924 Turbo

This piece was originally written for GT Porsche magazine. My ears pricked up when the editor asked me to write a column on 924 Turbo values. As a teenager, my family had a yacht on the River Hamble and there was usually a shiny two-tone silver and grey Turbo parked at the marina – it belonged to the owner of a company there – and I always drooled over its multispoke wheels, NACA duct in the bonnet and wild Pasha checked interior. As a spotty 15 year old, the Porsche was to me the epitome of cool and success, and […]

Porsche 911 Turbo – fuel economy vs depreciation

New Porsches offer remarkable fuel economy, a fact which fellow motoring writer Richard Aucock today flagged up on Twitter with this photo (above) of a Porsche 991 Turbo which he’s been testing and managed to eek 34.4mpg from on a daily commute. It’s an astonishing achievement for a supercar that packs 520bhp, and one that Porsche’s engineers should be applauded for. Making cars more frugal has to be better for the world (and for us) in the long term. But in the short term is it better for your wallet? I’ve done a few rough calculations on the back of […]

GT Porsche, April 2014

I’ve just received the April 2014 issue of GT Porsche magazine and was delighted to see that two of our cars – a brace of Porsche 968 Club Sports – are on the cover. The yellow car has now sold but we still have the red one in stock; click here for details.  It’s another packed 164-page issue with lots of interesting features. In addition to the 968 Club Sport feature, there’s a piece on Special Vehicle Preparations’ lightweight Cayman SV conversion – a car I’d love to have a drive in. A thought that also applies to the 991 […]

Will there be a Porsche 991 Turbo Targa?

There are rumours flying around that Porsche will announce a 991 Turbo Targa very soon. Tim Hutton, a graphic designer friend, created this clever image of what a 991 Turbo Targa would look like, and graciously said I could share it here. Click here to see more of Tim’s work, much of which is car-related. It’s an intriguing idea and one that makes sense, as the Turbo Cabriolet has long been a popular choice for buyers, especially in the UK (obviously because of our sunny climate!). Also, the Targa and Cabriolet share parts so, in theory, it wouldn’t be a […]

The power of the Porsche 911 Turbo

I’ve just been doing some research on the Porsche 911 Turbo and came up with some interesting power figures. Just look how the output has increased from the original 3.0-litre car of 1975 to the latest 997 Turbo S. The power has more than doubled! 1975 – 260bhp 1978 – 300bhp 1990 – 320bhp 1992 – 360bhp 1996 – 408bhp 2000 – 420bhp 2005 – 480bhp 2009 – 500bhp 2010 – 530bhp What’s more impressive is when you put this figures in perceptive against standard 911s. By 1994, the 993 Carrera had beaten the original Turbo, with an output of […]

Porsche 993 Turbo values

I’ve just been asked if I think a Porsche 993 Turbo is a good investment. That’s a tricky one. Porsche 993 Turbo prices have been on a high for some time, with good low mileage examples being around £60,000. That’s up on a few years ago but prices seems to have stabilised now. I can’t see any big jumps in prices in the short term, as the cars are expensive now, but longer term I am sure that 993 Turbo prices will go up. However, as with most Porsches, if you want a good investment you need to buy the […]

Porsche 996 Turbo – 10 reasons you need one

The Porsche 996 Turbo is a car that’s always astonished me, from the days it was a new and current model, right through to today when it’s a great used buy. Every time I drive a 996 Turbo I’m never failed to be excited and impressed by it. Here, then, are 10 reasons why you need a Porsche 996 Turbo: 1, When new it was mooted by many as the best car in the world. 2, With a 420bhp engine, it has a top speed of 190mph and reaches 62mph in just 4.2 seconds. 3, That engine is an evolution of […]

Is a written off Porsche 996 Turbo a good buy?

A friend just drew my attention to this Porsche 996 Turbo which is being sold on an auction site. It’s a Cat D write-off – which means an insurance company has deemed it uneconomical to repair. Cat D cars can be a cheap way into Porsche ownership so long as you are able to do the repair cheaply but – crucially – at the same time properly. Which you may be able to do if you have access to workshop facilities and use second-hand parts. A nearly new 911 Turbo would require massive damage to be written off but these […]

Porsche 996 Carrera 4S – a classic 911 in the making

I don’t hold with the argument that the Porsche 996 is ugly although I can see why some people find it a bit bland-looking. However, the wide-bodied 996 Carrera 4S addresses that criticism fair and square – I think it’s one of the best-looking 911s and many others think so too. Built from 2001 to 2005,  the 996 Carrera 4S follows on from other wide-bodied 911s including the Carrera Turbo-Look of 1984, and included the 993 Carrera 4S. The Carrera 4S is essentially an all-wheel drive Carrera in in a 911 Turbo bodyshell, albeit without the  Turbo’s air intakes in […]

Porsche 911 Turbo Targa SE is rarer than thought

I thought that this flatnose Porsche 911 Turbo Targa SE was one of eight right-hand drive cars made by the factory. However, I’ve just received information that suggests that, in fact, it’s one of just two such cars built by Porsche. So it’s rarer than I believed! Please click here for more details of this Porsche.

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