The Porsche 911 Turbo has many names. It is also known as the Porsche 930 and early units in the United States were called the “Turbo Carrera.” When it was introduced, it was the fastest production car that one could buy in Germany. That’s quite a sterling achievement indeed.
The total output from the engine in the original model was 256 horsepower, which went well beyond what the standard Carrera could do at the time. The vehicle was designed to get the most out of that horsepower, too. The brakes were made larger, the suspension was completely revised, and a rear spoiler was installed to create more down force at the rear of the vehicle and to vent more air to the engine. Ultimately, changes like these (as well as the wider rear wheels and flared wheel arches) made the 911 Turbo that much more stable even as it reached faster speeds.
The early models of the 930 may not have been the easiest to drive, but they went incredibly fast. Porsche would make changes for later models of the 930/Turbo, to stabilize the vehicle further as well as to meet changing emission regulations in the US and Japan. As with many other Porsche models, Targa and Cabriolet variants are available.
Discontinued in 1989, the Turbo/930 holds a special place in Porsche history. Car and Driver magazine tested the 1978 and 75 Turbo, as they tied for first place as “Quickest Cars of the 70s.”