The Porsche 911 Turbo

As you sit there the eyes of the viscious 911 Turbo glow down upon you with overwhelming power. It sees your every move, as you amble helplessly along in your RX7, Supra, Ferrari, Lambo, Vector, whatever. You are oblivios to this machine. It owns you. It controls you. It will KILL you.

The above bad boy, the 1996-98 Porsche 911 Turbo, is the most ultimate street car to come along since the 959. With its all wheel drive, twin turbochargers, 6-speed transmission, and Porsche engine, it is far and beyond any other competitor's offering in engineering, style, form, performance, comfort, and most importantly, driving PLEASURE! I Cannot think of any other automobile known to man that can even come anywhere close to being in the same category as the Turbo. (Except the 959, of course).

As always, the Nine-Eleven retains the basic qualities shared by its 1963 ancestors as well as spawning some new additions. The Type 993 Turbo body represents the most voluptuous sculpting of metal ever to brandish the Porsche badge. Even the '55 Spyders and 356s envy the smooth curves of this Porsche.

In 1987, when the 959 was finally on the road as a legitimate production model, the world grew silent. Never before had anyone seen such technology and performance in such a beautiful automobile. In the decade since, the 959 has easily put anything to shame that has come along. However, when this 911 Turbo was introduced in 1995, the reigning 959 übercar finally met a formidable competitor.

The 1996--1998 911 Turbo is somewhat of a standout compared to all the other Turbos in recent history. Never before has a Turbo Porsche sported AWD, or a 6-speed box. Never before has the car had two turbochargers.



Horizontally opposed 6-cylinder; SOHC, 2 valves per cylinder; lightweight aluminum-alloy block, heads and pistons
Bore and stroke: 3.94" x 3.01"
Displacement: 3.6L. or 3,600cc
Horsepower: 400@5,750 rpm
Torque: 400 lb-ft @4,500 rpm
Compression ratio: 8.0:1
Cd: .33
Fuel system: Motronic electronic fuel injection and single-plug ignition with knock control
Induction: Twin intercooled turbochargers


Full-time all-wheel drive, limited-slip differential, ABD (automatic brake differential) traction system, 6 speed manual


FRONT: MacPherson struts, aluminum control arms, stabilizer bar
REAR: Independent multilink LSA axle with toe correcting characteristics, stabilizer bar


Unit steel


Curb weight: 3,307 lbs
Wheelbase: 89.4"
Length: 167.8"
Width: 70.7"
Height: 51.8"

Brakes and Wheels:

Dual-circuit, vented and cross-drilled discs, 4-piston aluminum-alloy fixed calipers, ABS-5
Cast alloy, 8Jx18 front, 10Jx18 rear

Fuel Economy:

13/19 mpg


0-60mph: 3.7 seconds
0-1/4 mile: 12.1s @ 116 mph
Top Speed: 192 mph

The base price for it was $99,000, absolutely no markup from the 1994 Turbo 3.6. And, in my opinion is kinda reasonable. I mean think about it: You're getting the fastest accelerating and braking production car in the world, all the leather you can ever need, and an everyday drive-to-work car at that. BUT I know that some of you just aren't satisfied with 400 horsepower, and a 911 Turbo just isn't, well, "exclusive" enough for you, that is why Porsche went and made a 911 Turbo S. You will be satisfied.

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