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Porsche Of The Day: 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo

In 1993, Porsche introduced the Type 993, widely regarded as the most user-friendly and elegantly designed 911. Over the years, the 911 had accumulated numerous aerodynamic and safety enhancements, which had somewhat compromised its original design purity.

The Type 993 marked a return to the 911’s foundational principles, presenting a cohesive and outstanding example of modern automotive styling. The lineup included two- and four-wheel-drive models, the iconic Turbo, and the Cabriolet convertible, all powered by the latest 3.6-liter version of Porsche’s classic flat-six engine.

The 993 Turbo, launched in mid-1995 for the 1996 model year, upheld its status as the most powerful 911 variant while further advancing the model’s evolution. It featured an electronically controlled viscous coupling all-wheel drive system, a first for a turbocharged Porsche since the 959, significantly enhancing the Turbo’s performance.

Beneath the engine lid, which sported a distinctive spoiler, lay the 3.6-liter flat-six engine with twin KKK K16 turbos, integrated wastegates, and dual charge air intercoolers. Enhanced with larger brakes, wider tires, a broader stance, and specially designed ‘Technologie-Rad’ alloy wheels, the 993 Turbo was among the fastest cars of its era, achieving 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds, 100 mph in 5.7 seconds, and exceeding 180 mph.

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