Porsche 911 930 Turbo
– One drive in the 3.3 Carrera Turbo and you will understand why most rocket scientists are German –
A Porsche that sharpens all your senses; the Porsche 930 Turbo. Known among enthusiasts as the Widowmaker. Why? Because this ‘neunelfer’ has, besides the excellent 3.3-litre boxer engine, also a large turbo. The 911S was already known for its dual personality. It was great for touring, but when you challenged the boxer to its power, you had to be seriously careful with all the weight mainly in the rear. These characteristics were reinforced by the large turbo in the 930.
The name Widowmaker is supposed to set the senses on edge, but ‘really dangerous’ the car is not. Ferdinand Porsche finally gave the very first 930 Turbo to his daughter, Louise Piech. Apart from Porsche’s love for the 930 Turbo, even artists have described the driving experience in their songs. Think of KK Downing who wrote the song Turbo-lover or Judas Priest with his album Turbo. This hot-blooded 911 is not modest in its recognition of its potential. Perhaps the 911 Turbo lineage is a bit like the life of an average artist. It started (with the 930) vary wildly, many a person was deeply impressed and sometimes lay backwards in the hedge. Nowadays, after a lot of guidance, structure and balance, they are better but less eccentric and the experience is more ‘brazen’.
At the time, the 930 Turbo was a direct competitor to the Lamborghini Countach and Ferrari 356 GT4 BB. With its 0-100 sprint in 4.8 seconds, even today it is a very fast car. After announcing production, Porsche was overwhelmed with the number of responses and reservations. The planned production number of first editions of 500 was doubled immediately to 1,000. In the end, some 18,000 were delivered worldwide.
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