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Porsche 993 Turbo: How to Buy

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Of all collectible exotics in recent history, none have accrued in value like the Porsche 993 Turbo. Now that modern cars are laden with driver assistance and traction control, the last air-cooled Turbo has been coveted by enthusiasts. It shares the same AWD parts as the Carrera 4S, making use of a viscous coupling in the front differential to send 5 to 39% of torque to the nose. They have proven to be very reliable since their debut in 1995, and the 993 Turbo ushered in an era of AWD performance cars.Values of the forced induction cars have skyrocketed in recent years, making a windfall for lucky owners. As a rising tide raises all ships, this wave has also renewed interest in the other siblings in the 993 series. Only 14 Turbo convertibles were built, and all sold to one dealer in Germany. So if you need the wind in your hair, a Targa or Carrera Cabrio are perfect for open-air cruising. If you don’t plan on modifying the car, the Turbo S has all the power one could ever need. 

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How To Buy A Porsche 993 Turbo:

For every pristine 993 Turbo we see, there are dozens who have been neglected and abused. Your first task is to have the car inspected by a Porsche dealer, or at least a German workshop. If you must have an automatic, factor in the cost of a rebuild into the purchase price. Look for rust and signs of bodywork and have the paint depth gauged. Turbochargers generate heat in two ways. First, they trap exhaust gasses in a turbine, making them spin a compressor on the opposite end. Compressing the intake charge also heats everything around it. Turbos tend to cook everything around them, so check for cracked hoses, melted insulation, and fatigued metal under the bonnet. It would also be prudent to have the engine compression tested to make sure all six are within a tenth of each other. An imbalance between left to right banks can be signs of an impending travesty. 

  • 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
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