history 1981 - 2000
date : 23rd May 2004
In the mid-nineteen eighties
Porsche had been experimenting with water-cooled cylinder
heads on its 962 Le Mans machines. These cars still used the
famous 911 flat-six cylinder layout as devised by Ferdinand
Piech. But they produced some six hundred and fifty horsepower
or close to 4our hundred and ninety kilowatts, thanks to twin
turbochargers and loads of boost.
The mid-1980s was also a time of resurgence for the entire
performance car industry, after a period of political
correctness following the oil crises and a world-wide focus on
The Porsche 959 was the product of Zuffenhausen's wildest
engineering fantasies. Initially conceived as a racing and
rally special conforming to worldwide motorsport Group B
specifications, this Porsche was indeed a glimpse into the
Just 250 examples were slated for production in 1988 and it
featured twin turbochargers, the first production Porsche to
do so, water-cooled cylinder heads, self-leveling suspension,
variable torque split four-wheel drive and a six-speed
Way back in 1989 Porsche engineers were on record that this
was in fact a testbed for many features that would be taken
for granted in production Porsches of the future.
Many of these components were in action as early as 1993 when
the 3,6-litre Porsche Turbo, in 993-series form, was
introduced. This car had four-wheel-drive, its air-cooled
motor enlarged to 3,6-litres, and twin turbochargers were
Many people feel that the 993 series Porsche, introduced in
the early 1990s with its classic 911 shell but sloped-back
headlights, was the prettiest 911 of all time.
But work was already in progress on this car's successor, the
completely re-shelled, re-engineered 911.
In 1997, when the current generation 911 was launched as model
type Nine nine six, it employed water-cooling instead of
fan-induced air-cooling. But it was still a flat six engine
true to the original, still hung out the rear of the car
behind the gearbox.
Yes, the 996 series model was definitely still a Porsche 911.
Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet
history 1939 - 1962
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