Turbo Titans: 993 v 997

Buyers with £60,000 to spend on a Porsche 911 have an interesting dilemma: they are £13,000 shy of a brand new one, so the next best step is to look at Porsche-approved nearly new models, where they’ll be able to secure a two-year-old Carrera 4 without too much trouble.

Sounds sensible, so what exactly is this dilemma? Well, that there are so many other amazing Porsche 911s out there for very similar money, such as the late-model 993 Turbos or even the more contemporary-feel but no less explosively fast 997 Turbos. Open your mind out to these and, for some, a normally aspirated 997 won’t cut it.

So, enter two Turbos with two turbos apiece, every wheel driven and at least 400 horsepower channelled right through them. Sitting at the top end of their respective ranges, both are more than simply Porsche 911s: they are 911 Turbos. How can they fail to excite?


Excite they both do, but which is of these blown 911s offers the best driving thrills for 60k? To find out, we’ve pitted the evocative 993 Turbo against the mesmerising Gen1 997 Turbo in a battle of forced induction greats in the latest edition (issue 103) of Total 911.


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Comments (3)

  • Basil Tan

    For any die-hard Porsche 911 enthusiast, do yourself a favour, get behind the wheel of a 993 Turbo. The acceleration is amazing….even in 5th or in 6th gear! Of course, the newer technology and conveniences of the newer models cannot be overlooked but every single trip in my 993 Turbo never cease to put a smile on my face. I had a 993 C2 before and I love my 993 Turbo. It has taken me 4 years and across 2 countries (Singapore and Malaysia) before I could locate mine! No regrets whatsoever and it is not for sale either! By the way, I have driven most of the newer Porsches (including the 997 Turbo & 997 GT3) during my Porsche Sports Driving School training. They are all very good Porsches but the 993 Turbo is special! Just listen to the engine as you fire it up.

  • Basil Tan

    Total 911 Team, I think you made a couple of errors about the 993 Turbo data, 0-60 mph and the Top Speed. Check this against what you have in your Data File section. The 993 Turbo can accelerate faster and has a higher top speed! : (

  • Damon Adrian

    i agree that the 993 is special. but you have to face it. the components are are harder to fix and such an old car breaks down faster. just go with a 997 and save yourself some fixing money