It is said that only a silver bullet will kill a werewolf. Good to know because the 1995 Porsche 911 Turbo is silver, and is as fast as a bullet.
So here you have it. The last air-cooled 911 Turbo. But also the first one to get an all-wheel drive system. Back in 1995, the 993 Turbo was the most powerful production Porsche yet. And it still is quite something. The flat-six develops 408 PS, the body is 60 mm wider and it gets that huge wing that all Turbo's inherit. It could go from 0 to 100 km/h in only 4.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 290 km/h. Really not bad at all for a car that is over 20 years old.
So, this 911 Turbo is based on the last air-cooled 993. A car that many Porsche drivers consider as the pinnacle of the 911 story. It had a completely new look with more sleek design. The Turbo was known as the daddy. The most powerful 911 yet. A car that brought all the innovations of the legendary 959 into a more accessible package.
But how is it to drive? We could expect any 911 to drive brilliantly, but how does the first four-wheel drive Turbo go? First thing to notice is that it doesn't make an extensively huge noise. It doesn't scream like a Ferrari but it's more like a deep note. It's a pure flat-six sound but it could have been a tiny bit louder. Therefore, it won't draw much attention. Sorry. But the driving experience will make you forget the noise.
The car feels very stable. It won't move an inch even when driven fast. The all-wheel drive system has something to do with it. The car feels light, and with 1500 kg on the balance, it is still about 100 kg lighter than today's 911 Turbo. So, you get a car that is agile and grippy. The perfect blend for a fun car. But it is also very very fast. It's a 90's sports car so I couldn't expect a huge amount of speed. I was wrong. It's a bit scary, because the cabin is quite small compared to today's standards, and you feel so close to the windshield. It may not be the safest 911 ever, but you still get a feeling that everything in there was well engineered. Every buttons are placed where they should be, everything seems logical, easy, and well built. Yes, the 993 is also known as one of the most reliable cars of its category.
If you're looking for a car that can reach amazing speeds, that looks amazing, that has this youngtimer feel but that you easily drive everyday. The 993 Turbo is for you! We loved the fact that it's an easy car to get used to. The steering wheel is precise but not too heavy, the clutch is soft and the addition of a four-wheel drive system is a big plus. It's less scary than the 964 Turbo that was only rear-wheel drive. Is the addition of the Turbo really revolutionary? Well, you get quite a kick from it, but it's nothing like the 964's. It's much smoother and progressive. We've always loved the 993, but we just can't get enough of this Turbo. But with prices skyrocketing these last couple of years, it's going to get harder and harder to get yourself this (already) future classic.
I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Perego Cars, situated in Switzerland, for giving me the opportunity to review and shoot this car. Website: www.peregocars.com/en Facebook: www.facebook.com/peregocars/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/peregocars/
Porsche 993 Turbo