The 911 Porsche 930 Turbo was genesis. The first of its kind, it was the first time Porsche turbocharged a 911 and created a completely different sort of animal that people couldn’t have comprehended till they experienced it. It was the fastest production car Porsche had made till date, and also the fastest car in Germany at its time. The Porsche 930 Turbo was the car that started a new generation of forced-induction machines from Zuffenhausen that were the topping to Porsche’s already delicious lineup.
That said, the Porsche 930 Turbo wasn’t exactly always the easiest car to drive. It was a combination of short wheelbase, rear-mounted engine and the turbo lag (specially on the first generation cars) that made the Porsche 930 Turbo quite a handful, even getting it the title of “Widowmaker”. Things did get better with the later iterations, specifically post-1978, when the engine was bored out to 3.3-litres instead of the 3.0-litre on the original 911 Turbo, while adding an air-to-air intercooler. This meant that while the car was better at not spinning off into the bushes, it was a lot, lot better at being a serious way to perform neck exercises… at least till the turbocharger kept boosting power till 6000rpm.
All the tech jargon aside, the Porsche 930 Turbo today, gives the much wanted vibe, more than ever before. You will understand why once you see this gorgeous video shot by Robbert Alblas on the equally gorgeous Saint Bernard Pass, where the Porsche 930 Turbo is being shifted to the higher end of the rev range to produce some tasty, tasty flat-six soundtrack. Enjoy!
Via Robbert Alblas on YouTube