(1993) Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet (964) – Ultimate Guide
For those who wanted something that resembled a Turbo coupe, Targa or Cabriolet but at a lower price point, there was the ‘Turbo-look option’, M491, which included widened bodywork, a whale-tail rear spoiler, uprated suspension, brakes and wheels but retaining the standard, normally aspirated C2 powertrain.
The Turbo-look Porsche 964 has always been a very desirable automobile, among them 1,532 Carrera 2 Cabriolets constructed worldwide. Within that group, there were some cars that were even more specialized. The Register says six Turbo-look cabriolets were pulled off the production line in Zuffenhausen and transported to the Porsche Exclusive shop in Weissach. Formerly known as the Sonderwisch (‘Special Wishes Department’), this dedicated unit created and managed by the redoubtable Rolf Sprenger has the enviable task of providing moneyed clients with new Porsches in whatever paint and interior scheme and whatever equipment or accessory requested – provided that a cheque in the appropriate amount arrives with the order form.
Three of these six powerful and luxuriously equipped drop-tops were equipped with left-hand drive for buyers in Germany (Code C00), and the other three were fitted with right-hand drive – two for the UK (Code C16) and one for Australia (Code C23).
It is thought that these models got the tastier 3.3 liter turbo engine, fitted with the X33 ‘S’ package, which boosted output from 320 to 355 hp. This type M30/69S engine included much componentry sourced from the Turbo S, including a G50 five-speed manual gearbox, uprated Boge struts, strengthened half-shafts, larger ventilated and cross-drilled and ventilated power-assisted disc brakes identical to those of the Carrera RS and 928 GTS. There were also larger anti-roll bars and light-alloy five-spoke, 17-inch-diameter Cup 1 wheels, 7 in. wide in front and 9 in. wide in the rear, mounted with Pirelli 205/50 ZR 17 and 255/40 ZR 17 tyres.