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Porsche 993 911 Introduction

Evolution is supposed to be a gradual process, but Porsche packed 50 years of innovation into their 993 series  911 models. The limited run lasted only 1995 to 1998, and it brought the 911 into the modern age. That is why many Porsche purists run the 993 series as the basis for their collection. If you are considering  Porsche 993 for sale, follow along with us for a synopsis of these four model years in order to make an informed decision.

Allow us to take you on a quick tour of what the Porsche 993 911 has to offer. It exists as the last air-cooled Porsche model. Innovations like All Wheel Drive and ABS were released to the masses.

Porsche 993 911 Carrera

Carrera S: the wide rear quarter panels are easy to see

As their entry-level offering, the Carrera appealed to the naturally aspirated masses. If you are considering a Porsche 993 911 for sale.  It was offered in coupe, convertible, and Targa bodies, in narrow or widebodies. The latter was only offered on the Turbo and S versions. A widebody Porsche 911 Carrera S makes an impression from a mile away, and the traction offered by the wider rubber is fun in any situation.

Porsche Carrera 993 Specs:

Horsepower: 268 (1995) 286(96-97)
Torque (lb-ft): 243
0-60 mph (seconds): 4.7
0-100 mph (seconds): 12.1
1/4 Mile: 13.4 @ 104 mph
Weight (lbs): 3,080
Production: 22,271

Porsche 993 Carrera: The End Of An Era

The Porsche 993 911 Cabriolet offers a powered hand-stitched soft top along with an automatic wind deflector. Be sure to check the seams and operation of the top if you are considering a Porsche 993 Carrera for sale. The Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S models were the first to offer torque vectoring. Both the front and rear differentials would cut power to the inboard wheels while cornering.

The center differential was a viscous coupling. It didn’t need complex electronics because the torque bias was fixed. Although never legally imported, the Porsche 993 Carrera RS was a stripped out model aimed at racing, and the 993 RS Clubsport lacked heat, A/C, radio, and upholstery. Porsche didn’t see a profit model in importing them, but they offer every part of the Carrera RS package so you can build one yourself.

Porsche 993 Targa

Building on the reinforced chassis of the 993 convertible, the 993 Targa arrived in 1996. It shocked the world with a glass roof that could retract under the rear glass. Targas offer the open-air feeling of a convertible with the closed cockpit of the coupe. Like many other motorized hardtops, they will require more maintenance than a coupe. This includes special weatherstrips and inspection of the top mechanism on a periodic basis.

Porsche Targa 993 Specs:

Horsepower: 282
Torque (lb-ft): 250
0-60 mph (seconds): 5.9
0-100 mph (seconds): 14
1/4 Mile: 14.3 @ 101 mph
Weight (lbs): 3,249
Production: 4,583

Porsche 993 Targa Trivia

Because weight was increased while using the base model engine, the Targa is not optimal for motorsports. They make great cruisers and their limited production has allowed them to become sought after. If you like the best of both convertibles and coupes, the Porsche 993 Targa for sale should be considered.

993 Turbo

By far, the most well-known 911 of this era is the Porsche 993 Turbo. Every example arrived with All Wheel Drive and a wide body. An evolution of Mezger’s 964 engine, the 3.6 liter sported twin turbos, intercoolers, and catalytic converters. This allowed it to be one of the cleanest burning sports cars of the 90s.

Porsche Turbo 993 Specs:

Horsepower: 402
Torque (lb-ft): 398
0-60 mph (seconds): 3.6
0-100 mph (seconds): Fast
1/4 Mile: 12.1 @ 113 mph
Weight (lbs): 3,307
Production : 5,978

Porsche 993 Turbo: What To Look For

The 18″ wheels are hollow and are among the lightest Porsche wheels ever made. For 1997-98, the transmission’s input shaft was revised to handle AWD launches, and the engine computer was able to be reprogrammed for the first time. If you are looking for  Porsche 993 Turbo for sale, you should know they are the last air-cooled turbo models. They represent an end of an era in terms of interior and exterior design. The ever-complex entertainment and safety systems of the newer generations have added weight and complexity, so it makes the Porsche 993 Twin Turbo a time capsule back to a simpler time. If you are looking for a Porsche 911 for sale, the Porsche 993 Turbo Cabriolet is among the most sought-after cars on the market, and that’s why you deserve one.

993 Turbo S

Innovation never sleeps, so engineers while the Porsche 993 Turbo was arriving at dealers, a new engine upgrade package was being developed. The X50 power pack has larger turbos, intake and exhaust upgrades, and a new computer. This transformed the Porsche 993 Turbo into the Porsche 993 Turbo S. To differentiate the cars from all lesser models, the interior was accented by carbon fiber, and the exterior had air intakes behind the doors. All Porsche 993 Turbo S examples have yellow brake calipers and quad-tip exhaust to further set them apart. If you can find, a Porsche 993 Turbo S for sale, it is a great investment.

Porsche 993 Turbo S: Got Boost?

Porsche 993 GT2

Track days can be expensive if your car is not built for racing, so that is why the Porsche 993 GT2 makes a great platform for competition. In order to dominate the GT2 series, the AWD system was dropped, as it was banned in most racing classes. Only a handful of cars were built to homologate the racing versions, and they were rated at 465 horsepower and 494 lb-ft of torque. If you find a Porsche 993 GT2 for sale, dust off your helmet and dig out your fire suit. The ultimate version was the 1996 GT2 Evo. They are rated above 600 horsepower, but you might get lucky and find one that has been federalized. They are the ultimate Porsche for sale.

Porsche 993 Speedster

Unlike the previous 964 series, Porsche only built two examples of the 993 Speedster. The first was a dark green 1995 Tiptronic model with 17″ wheels. It was built for Dr. Porsche’s 60th birthday. The 2nd example was a silver 1998 six-speed ordered by Jerry Seinfeld.