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This is what makes the Porsche 930 Turbo one of the best classic sports cars

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In a world where cars are increasingly complicated by intrusive electronic aids that get in the way of the fun of driving and a multitude of hard rules that limit new releases, the automotive community is exponentially turning to the classic scene.


Cars that first hit the market many years ago with the simple bare bones of what a car needs, giving the driver a visceral driving experience, are increasingly popular today. In fact, many infamous cars of the past are becoming so desirable that their value skyrockets above that of most homes.

With the popularity of older cars overwhelming the market, it’s time we took a look at the best classic cars money can buy. And with a brilliant engine, stylish design mixed with sharp details, the original Porsche Turbo should be an excellent shout. The 930 generation of Porsche 911 Turbo is notorious among flat-six enthusiasts, and rightly so. This is what makes it one of the most macho classic cars out there.


Porsche 930 looks better than the original turbo

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After the first iteration of the Porsche 911 had run its course, the German marque decided to refresh the rear-engined sports car. The result was certainly nothing more than an evolution of the proven design, but it certainly worked. The second iteration, known to many as the G Series, with a curvaceous rear but a more aggressive front end, was a beautiful car. Somehow the Porsche design team managed to make the soft 1960s design work a decade later.

The success of the first turbocharged 911 was of course partly due to this brilliant look.

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Not only does the original Porsche 911 Turbo benefit from belonging to the glorious second generation of the famous car, it also brings its own little unique parts that help it stand out. The Turbo enhances the already bulky bumpers of the standard 911 and gives the car a look that screams “rough and ready.” You could even say that the Porsche 930 Turbo has a brutal design that frightens all other road users.

However, that all changes when you get a view of the rear. Above the turbocharged six-cylinder is a huge rear wing, which shoots up at the ends. In the center, an open grille draws air into the engine, allowing it to breathe while keeping it cool. Yes, this model indeed dates from a time when Porsche’s creations stood still cooled by nothing but air. No liquid coolant finds its way through the engine on this unique monster.

The origin of a legend

Porsche 911 Turbo from 1994
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The Porsche 930 Turbo was nothing but a success. So much so that most picture it with its upgraded body kit and aggressive whale tail rear wing when they think of the second generation 911 as a whole. As such, every generation of the 911 since has had a Turbo in its lineup. Additionally, many non-911 ranges that fall under the Porsche umbrella have carried the Turbo moniker from the poor man’s Porsche, the 944 all the way up to today’s all-electric Taycan.

In fact, today the name no longer means what it used to be. Back in the day, Porsche just put the Turbo nameplate on its cars whenever they threw a turbo on the car’s engine as well. Nowadays the name simply refers to the top model, something the original car can certainly be proud of.

Performance to worry about Today’s sports cars

Porsche 930 Turbo - Reat
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Under the Turbo body of the 930 is a completely different car. The 930 Turbo is originally coming out Porsche’s desire to enter the fast-paced world of motorsport with the 911. In fact, with a certain number of road car sales needed to bring a race variant into endurance racing, Porsche built the 930 Turbo to homologate the 934 model in Group 4 racing. Not much later, the 935 came along with the popular and aerodynamic sloping nose design.

With such a focus on motorsport, the 930 Turbo is certainly a great driving model, both from a chassis perspective and thanks to a brilliant engine.

RELATED: 10 classic European sports cars we’d buy instead of the new BMW M2While Porsche engineers a turbocharger of the 917/30 Can-Am car on the 911’s 3-liter six-cylinder engine, the 930 Turbo was able to send more than 260 horsepower to the rear wheels. The rear wheels were just below the engine, providing fantastic traction and eye-pleasing acceleration figures. Many claim that the 930 can go from a standstill to 62 mph in less than 5 seconds, despite an old-fashioned manual gearbox. Compare that number to modern sports cars with more than twice the power, and you’ll wonder why we don’t go back to weight reduction as a philosophy instead of staggering power figures.

The Porsche 911 930 Turbo is a creation of its time that greatly influences the way Porsche makes – and names – its top models today. Without it, many of the models we look up to today simply wouldn’t exist.

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