Based on the Type 964 Turbo, which had been campaigned successfully in the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) Supercar Series in the United States, Porsche presented the 911 Turbo Lightweight as a design study at the Geneva Auto Show in March 1992. Positive response spurred Porsche to proceed with a limited run of this special production version.
The model was officially called the 911 Turbo S and was built in Zuffenhausen’s Exclusive Department. The Turbo S was based on the standard production Turbo II, but with extensive tuning work on the 3.3-litre turbocharged engine to increase its power output by nearly 20 percent. With an incredible 381 brake horsepower (compared to the Turbo’s 320), the upgraded engine also developed an impressive 36 foot-pounds of torque at 4,800 rpm. The prodigious power could launch the Turbo S from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.7 seconds and to a top speed of 290 km/h (180 mph).
Much like its normally aspirated counterpart, the Carrera RS, weight reduction measurements included the removal of comfort-oriented equipment and trim, such as the power windows, power locks, air-conditioning, and power-adjustable seats. Furthermore, lightweight fiberglass-reinforced carbon composite body panels were used for the front boot lid, both doors, and the rear spoiler.
Special thin-gauge glass was also used in the rear and side windows. The interior features lightweight bucket seats, removal of the rear seats, elimination of undercoating material, as well as limited use of sound insulation throughout. At just 1,290 kilograms, the Turbo S weighs in at 180 kilograms less than the production Turbo II.
This Porsche 964 is one of the rarest, only 86 Turbo S Lightweight Porsches were built, and most powerful models of the vaunted 964 platform. This limited production Turbo S Lightweight is undoubtedly one of the most exciting air-cooled 911’s. In the hands of a German Porsche collector since 2011, this superb Turbo S Lightweight comes with a broad brief case including original books and owner’s manual, German registration documents, fully stamped service booklet and invoices. The car also has a TÜV to June 2018.
Furthermore an expert report of 2015 indicating a value of €1,000,000 is attached to this superb and ultra-rare Porsche.