The 993 Turbo S was a stunning success for the brand. When the Turbo launched in 1995, Porsche engineers were hard at work to extract even more power from the engine. The result was an $18,000 option package that included larger turbos, intercooler and a performance tuned computer. Known internally as the X50 Package, it could be added at the dealer and covered under factory warranty. The difference is that factory built cars have different exterior styling in the spoiler and exhaust, and a carbon fiber interior package. Turbo S models also had yellow calipers instead of red on the Turbo. As the flagship of the street legal 993 series, they commanded a premium price when new. But now you have an opportunity to get into the scene without breaking the bank.
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How To Buy A Porsche 993 Turbo S
Your first consideration should be performance. If you plan on modifying the car, the Turbo S is a potent starting point. But if you choose the path of modification, your car might become tainted in the eyes of collectors. It should be noted that modern 993 Turbo upgrade kits offer much more power than the factory X50 parts; so it would be cheaper to start with a Turbo instead of Turbo S. Do your research; because you might enjoy a Targa or Cabrio at a fraction of the price. If the looks are all you need, the widebody Carrera 4 S and Carrera S are a viable alternative. Find out of the car was a Porsche factory built Turbo S or a dealer modified car. Since the turbo cars were probably driven in a spirited manner, pay close attention to the steering gear. The power steering rack has rubber boots that must be sealed. Wandering or loose steering might be a sign of a failing rack. The power steering hoses run the length of the car, so it’s a time intensive repair.
- Horsepower: 424
- Torque (lb-ft): 431
- 0-60 mph (seconds): 3.5
- 0-100 mph (seconds): 8.9
- 1/4 Mile: 11.9 @ 116
- Weight (lbs): 3,307
- Production: ~ 345