An important landmark in the Porsche 911’s continuing development arrived for 1994 with introduction of the Type 993, destined to be the last to use the air-cooled engine that had been a distinguishing feature of the 911 since its introduction 30 years previously. The Type 993 is regarded by many as the most beautiful 911 of all. Over the years the 911 had received numerous aerodynamic and safety-inspired add-ons, diluting the purity of the original form; the Type 993’s arrival marked a return to basic principles, being recognisably a 911 but one in which all functions had been harmoniously integrated in a truly outstanding example of modern automotive styling. The range offered remained pretty much as before, comprising two- and four-wheel drive models, the legendary Turbo and the Cabriolet convertible, all powered by the latest 3.6-litre version of Porsche’s perennial flat-six engine.
Along with the sleeker bodywork came new multi-link rear suspension that improved both ride quality and roadholding, reducing the 911’s characteristic lift-off oversteer. The 3.6-litre engine not only produced more power than before but made it available over a wider rev range thanks to ‘Variocam’ variable valve timing and variable-length air intakes. Introduced in 1995, the Type 993 Turbo was the first Porsche production model to feature a twin-turbo-charged engine and the first 911 Turbo to incorporate permanent four-wheel drive. With 408PS (402.5bhp) on tap, the Type 993 Turbo offered a level of performance approaching that of the Porsche 959 supercar, racing to 100km/h in around 4 seconds on its way to a top speed of 290km/h.
Delivered new in july 1994 this Type 993 Turbo is finished in blue with blue leather interior, and is described by the vendor as in generally good condition. It is offered with the service booklet, tool kit, instruction manuals and French registration papers.