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930 v 991: Open-top Turbos

Though it is seldom recognised, 1986 was a very important year for Porsche. A full year before ‘Black Monday’ and the ensuing global financial crisis, the 911 was flourishing, buoyed by its resurgence in fortunes under charismatic CEO Peter Schutz. Sales were strong off the back of an ever-increasing expansion to the range: Carreras were available in Coupe, Targa, or even Cabriolet form – the latter, of course, being introduced just three years earlier – all of which could be specified in either a narrow or a widebody ‘Turbo-look’ body style.

However, the significance of 1986 lies not with the naturally aspirated 911 Carrera, but its forced-induction compeer. The 911 Turbo, still very much an automotive icon more than a decade after its first release, was finally allowed back into the United States after Porsche refined the car’s emissions credentials – though the caveat was the US Turbo came equipped with slightly less power than its European brethren. Also in 1986, the Turbo became available as a Cabriolet.

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Boasting a fully electrically-operated hood (which was then also offered as an option on Carrera Cabriolets) the Turbo Cabriolet brought fresh-air motoring to those who had wallets big enough to swallow a purchase of an illustrious turbocharged 911. The open-topped Turbo was a success: nearly 3,000 were sold between 1986 and the final year of 930 production in 1989.

However, the 930 Turbo Cabriolet looked set to be the first and last of its kind – seemingly killed off with its super-rare Targa variant – as both 964 and 993 generations of Turbo remained Coupe only. Of course, the Turbo Targa concept hasn’t rolled out of Zuffenhausen since, but the Turbo Cabriolet did return in 2004, by which time the 911 had switched to water for cooling with the 996.

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Turbo Cabriolets duly followed through both generations of the 997 era (including the Turbo S of 2010) and six months after the 991 Turbo and Turbo S were revealed in 2013, Porsche again unveiled Cabriolet versions.

There’s no denying the Cabriolet has established itself as an important staple of the Turbo lineage and to celebrate that fact, we’ve gathered two high specification drop tops separated by a quarter of a century of Zuffenhausen engineering. The duo of special Turbo Cabriolets in question, a 2014 991 Turbo S and a 1989 930 with full Porsche GB-fitted LE specification (which effectively grants it status as a Turbo S of its time) share a price tag of £150,000.

To read the full feature on our 930 Cabriolet v 991 Turbo Cabriolet head-to-head, pick up Total 911 issue 129 in store now. Alternatively, order your copy online for home delivery or download it straight to your digital device.

See the Porsche 991 Turbo S Cabriolet’s Launch control in action here.

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Wing-a-ling Dragon: Porsche Offers Aerokit for 911 Turbo and Turbo S

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The masses went agog yesterday for the debut of the Porsche Cayman GT4. In some corners of the internet, the commentariat noted that Porsche and Ford had cued up a replay of the late 1960s/early 1970s at Le Mans, stealing the Ferrari 488GTB‘s thunder with the 3.8-liter mid-engined, manual-only GT4 and the hairball new Ford Focus RS. But Porsche’s not quite done with the new stuff, having also announced a new Aerokit for the 911 Turbo and Turbo S, courtesy of its Porsche Exclusive program.

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Because the planet-inhaling Turbo and Turbo S simply aren’t capable enough, Porsche’s engineers decided to see if they could preserve the cars’ coefficient of drag while adding downforce. Spoiler ahead: Yes, they managed to do it. The package consists of a new front spoiler and rear decklid, available color-matched to the car’s body or finished in gloss black.

To our eyes, the rear wing, with its black insert and winglets, recalls the whale-tail and tea tray units bolted the bums of Neunelfers from the 1970s dawn of the impact-bumper era to the birth of the 964, which ushered in the era of the retractable spoiler. Here’s the thing, though, the new Aerokit combines both of those eras. That black piece adjusts itself for maximum dynamism und efficiency, varying its angle of attack to increase or decrease downforce as required.

 



In the Speed setting, the new bits increase downforce at 186 mph by 37 pounds, to 57. In Performance, downforce increases by 40 pounds and brings the additional pressure on the wheels to 330 pounds. And because it’s a Porsche Exclusive component, the Aerokit won’t void your factory warranty. Adding it to a Turbo at the time of purchase will add $6950; if you’d like it retrofitted to your existing 991, bring more money. You’ll shell out $6885.95 for the bits, but you’re also on the hook for installation and any required paintwork. Splash out the extra coin to figure out how to make it all work on a 912E and you’ll be our hero forever.

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Porsche Exclusive Offers New Aero Kit for 911 Turbo

Porsche Exclusive Offers New Aerokit for Porsche 911 Turbo
New body pieces add style and downforce.

Porsche Exclusive, the German automaker’s in-house personalization arm, is now offering a new « Aerokit » for the Porsche 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S. More than just a styling upgrade, the Areokit has also been wind tunnel- and track-tested to improve aerodynamics as well as downforce.

 

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Official: Porsche 911 Turbo Aerokit by Porsche Exclusive

Porsche Exclusive has just unveiled its brand new Aerokit for the 991-generation Porsche 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S models. The new Aerokit for the Porsche 911 Turbo models includes an eye-catching front splitter, new subtle side skirts as well …

Official: Porsche 911 Turbo Aerokit by Porsche Exclusive

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