Sales Spotlight: Porsche 993 Turbo S
As the last in the line of air-cooled, turbocharged Porsche 911s, the 993 Turbo holds a special place in the heart of many Neunelfer enthusiasts. It therefore stands to reason that the Turbo S variant – 342 of which were built in during the last year of luftkühlung – is even more highly prized.
In standard form, the last air-cooled Turbo provides one of the best 911 driving experiences around, with the Porsche 993 Turbo S taking things to new heights. After all, a 911 has to truly earn the right to a five-star rating in the Total 911 ‘Data File’.
This added X-factor doesn’t come cheap though. 993 Turbo Ss have long sat north of the £250,000, with this even rarer right-hand drive example from The Octane Collection currently commanding an asking price of £319,995.
Like modern Turbo Ss, this extra premium does bring with it a number of standard options and revisions, not least to the 3.6-litre, twin turbocharged flat six, which gained 41hp over the 993 Turbo thanks to the X50 powerkit, bringing the total output to 456hp.
The kit comprises modified turbochargers, a larger intercooler, a tweaked ECU and a more free flowing exhaust system, identified via its two sets of twin tailpipes.
It’s not just the engine that was given a thorough seeing to though. Porsche Exclusive provided the Turbo S with a revised Aerokit and, most notably, air intakes on the rear arches (a tweak that would become a defining feature of the wide-bodied water-cooled Turbos).
The example currently available at prestige car specialist, The Octane Collection, features swathes of carbon fibre interior trim (as well as a carbon coated strut brace) while the Turbo S’s customary ‘Big Yellow’ brake calipers contrast nicely against the Basalt Black paintwork.
As you’d expect from a £300,000 Porsche 911, this 993 Turbo S has been well looked after, with a full service history at official Porsche Centres accounting for the car’s 45,610 miles.