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If you're a car enthusiast of a certain age, you're probably fairly familiar with the Porsche 930. With its iconic styling and engine noise, it was instantly recognizable by its large spoiler and wide stance. Manufactured between 1975 and 1989, the Porsche 930, known to many as the Porsche 911 Turbo, was a top of the line model and, when it was introduced, was the fastest car available to drivers in Germany.

On-the-Track Speed, On the Road

Development on the Porsche 930 began in 1972, originating from Porsche's experiments with turbocharged race cars, which began in the late 1960s. Born from a need for a new model that would meet new racing regulations, marketing experts at Porsche initially intended to introduce the 930 as a street-legal racing car. These new racing regulations from the FIA required that cars entered in races be available for consumer purchase through manufacturer dealer networks.

Incredible Speed for the Era

The 1000th Porsche 930 finished being manufactured on May 5, 1976, making it eligible for FIA racing during the 1976 season. The Porsche 930 started out as a 3.0 liter Carrera RS 3.0 with turbo technology that was initially developed for the 917/30 CAN-AM. While the Porsche 930 was internally known as such, consumers are more likely to recognize it by its other name, the Porsche 911 Turbo.

Despite its origins in the Carrera, the 930 surpassed the Carrera by leaps and bounds. With a total power output of 191 kW, 256 horsepower at 5,500 RPM and 243 pounds per foot of torque at 4,000 RPM, the 911 Turbo was a lot of power in a small package. The developers at Porsche made sure to make the most of the high power output of the engine by making changes to the suspension, adding larger brakes, and increasing the strength of the gearbox. The four-speed transmission was a small disappointment for consumers when compared with the five-speed transmission available on the Carrera, but this was a small price to pay for sheer power.

The Iconic Spoiler

The Porsche 911 Turbo is instantly recognizable by its large spoiler. While spoilers on many sports cars today tend to play a more cosmetic role, this was not true for the 911 Turbo. The "whale tail" rear spoiler was included in order to vent more air to the engine and create greater downforce. Another iconic feature, the wide stance, also played a practical role. The wider rear wheels and flared wheel arches increased the total width and grip of the car, allowing it to be more stable, on the whole.

Coming to America

In Germany and other European markets, the Porsche 930 was marketed and branded simply as "Turbo." In the United States, early models were first known as the Turbo Carrera before the 911 Turbo branding came into heavy usage. The model was introduced at the Paris Auto Show in October 1974 and put on the market in 1974. Porsche began exporting the vehicle to the United States in 1976.

Always Improving

Though it was fast, and perhaps because it was fast, the Porsche 930 was prone to turbo-lag and oversteer. In 1978, Porsche made significant changes to the model to answer these complaints and several others. Despite early issues, there's no debating the 930 was a popular vehicle that was fun to drive.

Whether you know it as the Porsche 930, 911 Turbo, Turbo Carrera, or simply Turbo, this vehicle was and continues to be a testament to Porsche's innovation. It's no question that a Porsche vehicle, whether a pre-owned model from years past or a brand new model, will be fun to drive. If you'd like to get into a brand new Porsche Cayenne, give us at Suncoast Porsche a call at (855) 473-9055 or visit us any Monday through Saturday at 5005 S. Tamiami Trl. We'll be more than happy to answer any questions you may have and get you into the car of your dreams.

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