The Porsche 911 Turbo S was introduced as the first-ever model of its kind in 1997 and built for only two years by Porsche Exclusive Department. A big step up over the standard 911 Turbo in terms of exclusivity, performance and price, the Turbo S was 50% more expensive than the Turbo and performance was not far off. Of the acclaimed Type 993 produced from 1994 to 1998, the Turbo S was among the last of the air-cooled 911s and was capable of performance that still impresses today.
The heart of the Turbo S is a flat six-cylinder engine fitted with a pair of K-24 turbochargers. Power is put to the ground through a six-speed manual transaxle and all-wheel-drive system that was developed for the earlier 964 Carrera 4. Porsche altered the Bosch Motronic engine-management system and added an additional oil cooler to handle the increased heat load. Large, 12.68-inch power-assisted ventilated and cross-drilled multi-piston disc brakes with yellow calipers delivered impressive stopping power from any speed.
The Porsche Exclusive Department built only 345 examples of the Turbo S, and this incredible rare car is easily identifiable by its numerous unique features throughout. The front fog lights were removed and replaced with air ducts to aid front brake cooling, the exhaust system was replaced with a modified unit that has quadruple rear tips, the flared rear fenders sprouted large air inlets, and the rear deck featured an impressive “Aerokit II” biplane spoiler to increase downforce.
Unlike some other special-edition models, Porsche did not sacrifice creature comforts and usability for track performance with the Turbo S. Inside was a luxurious full leather interior with generous amounts of carbon fiber trim on the lower portion of the dashboard, around the gauges, along the doorsills, and on the center console, door panels, and door pulls. It even has an electric sunroof.
The Turbo S delivered stunning performance in a package as luxurious and exclusive as discerning Porsche customers had come to expect. It really was the ultimate supercar that could comfortably be driven as a daily commuter. Collectors today value the Turbo S for its rarity, performance, and the timeless styling of the final iteration of the legendary air-cooled Turbo.
BACKGROUND AND HISTORY:
In 1993, Porsche introduced what is regarded by many as the most beautiful 911 of all—the Type 993. Over the years the 911 had received numerous aerodynamic and safety-inspired add-ons, diluting the purity of the original form. The Type 993's arrival marked a return to basic principles, being recognizable a 911, but one in which all functions had been harmoniously integrated in a truly outstanding example of modern automotive styling. The 993-range offering was comprised of the familiar two- and four-wheel drive models, a Cabriolet convertible, the Turbo, but also included the new range topping 1997 993 Turbo S. All were powered by the latest, 3.6-liter version of Porsche's perennial flat-six engine.
Among the new features on the 993 Turbo was an electronically controlled viscous coupling all-wheel drive system—something Porsche had not offered on a turbocharged model since the 959—the system greatly improved the performance of the Turbo. Under the engine lid—now topped with a sculpted spoiler tail with downturned edges—resided the 3.6-liter flat six fed by twin KKK K16 turbos, each featuring integrated wastegates and two charge air intercoolers. Combined with bigger brakes, fatter tires, a wide body and stance, and specially designed "Technologie-Rad" cast alloy wheels, the 993 Turbo was one of the fastest cars on the planet.
However, Porsche's Exclusive Department was not yet satisfied. On a mission to produce the world's highest performing, most technologically advanced 911 variant to ever leave Stuttgart, the 1997 993 Turbo S was created. Packing 424 horsepower, the Turbo S featured a myriad of updates throughout. The Turbo S was visually distinguished by vented rear fenders, yellow brake calipers, a special rear spoiler, four-tipped exhaust system, and an Aero kit front spoiler with special ventilation and fog-light placement. From its introduction, the Turbo S was—and remains—a tour de force as one of the most powerful and sophisticated Porsche models ever unleashed.
Thanks to its status as the final air cooled 911, popularity of the 993 has steadily increased as the years go by.
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