- Less than 8,300 original miles
- One of only 183 produced for the American market
- Traditional Porsche Guards Red over Black
Introduced in 1997 and built for only two years, the Type 993 Turbo S was a huge step up in performance, looks, exclusivity—and price—over the standard 911 Turbo. The Turbo S was among the last of the air-cooled 911s and was capable of performance that is still very much impressive today. The 0–100 sprint of only 8.9 seconds was half a second faster than that of the standard Turbo. If the driver was brave enough, the car would reach a top speed of 184 mph.
Like all Turbo Ss, at the heart of chassis number 375758 is a flat six-cylinder engine fitted with a pair of K-24 turbochargers that output 430 horsepower in U.S. specification. Power is driven to the ground through a six-speed manual transaxle and all-wheel-drive system that was developed for the earlier Type 964 Carrera 4. The Bosch Motronic engine-management system is upgraded to produce more power and an additional oil cooler was added to handle the increased heat load. Large, 12.68-inch power-assisted ventilated and cross-drilled multi-piston disc brakes with yellow calipers deliver impressive stopping power from any speed.
Unlike some other special edition models, Porsche did not sacrifice creature comforts and usability for track performance with the Turbo S, and chassis 375758 is no different. Inside is a luxurious full black leather interior with generous amounts of carbon fiber trim on the lower portion of the dashboard, around the gauges, along the doorsills, and on the center console, door panels, and door pulls. The included window sticker notes the optional addition of black floor mats, carbon leather steering wheel, racing style seats, and a digital sound package with a six-disc CD changer. Rounding out the optional extras is an infra-red security system.
The CARFAX report notes this Porsche has had five owners, having originally been delivered to Bert Smith International in St. Petersburg, Florida. Moving to an owner in the Chicago area in 2001, the Turbo S completed its 6,000-mile service in 2004. Another large maintenance was performed with the third owner in Ohio in 2007, before the car passed to Colorado. Most recently, the Turbo S has resided in California with an avid Porsche collector and has been maintained and inspected as one would expect of such an impressive Porsche.
The Turbo S delivered stunning performance in a package as luxurious and exclusive as Porsche’s discerning customers had come to expect. It really was the ultimate supercar that could comfortably be driven as a daily commuter. Collectors today value the Turbo S for its rarity, performance, timeless styling, and as the last iteration of the air-cooled Turbo.