1998 Porsche 911 Turbo S (993)
Most Porsche aficionados will agree that the 993 iteration of the famed 911 is the most quintessential in its 60-year lineage, and for good reason.
It is the last of the air-cooled Porsches, with perfect compact proportions, supermodel sexy curves, and skin stretched so tight it looks like it will rip if teased out any further. Yet the 993’s designers did just that – they pushed and stretched the 993’s rear body to bursting point with the introduction of the wide-bodied S, 4S, Turbo and Turbo S variants.
These last variants are the best to drive, but one also derives just as much pleasure from looking at them, and admiring their sheer fluidity and design harmony.
The beast within
For the Turbo S the 3.6-litre engine is annexed with two KKK K16 turbochargers that lift power from the base Turbo’s already mighty 300 kW to 330 kW, while torque jumps 50 Nm to 590 Nm. These were unheard-of outputs for the time. Grip was maximised with viscous coupling all-wheel drive. But the 993 Turbo S is not an easy beast to tame. Its slightly offset, old-school, floor-hinged pedals make for tricky inner city driving, but once you’re on the open road and the beast is unleashed it exhilarates your mind and body and takes your senses to the fourth dimension.
The 911 Turbo S is a phenomenal car – the pinnacle of automotive design, performance and German sports car engineering for the late 1990s. Just 183 were said to have been built and the best one in Australia resides in Zagame Collection.