Remembering the Short Lived Run of the Porsche 930

The Porsche 930 is a remarkable vehicle that was produced by the prestigious automaker in Stuttgart, Zuffenhausen, West Germany from 1975 through 1977. During production, it was known by this name, but the general public knew it as the 911 Turbo. The 930 was at the top of the line in its family and although its run was short it left behind a legacy.

The fastest production car in Germany

The Porsche 930 was the embodiment of fine detailing and sports aesthetic in both form and function. At a glance, the sloping curves of the exterior of the vehicle let onlookers know that it could cut through the atmosphere like a rocket with little resistance as the wind would sweep down the sides and funnel over the downward curve of the rear of the car. The 930 was properly classified in the sports car genre with a 2 door body style offered in the 2 +2 coupe version and the 2+2 convertible versions. The layout featured rear wheel drive and a rear-engine with the platform based on the Porsche G series.

The powertrain and dimensions

The Porsche 930 was equipped with a 3.0-Liter Single turbocharged that was mated with a 4-speed manual transmission. In dealing with the performance aspect of the 930, the engine output was 256 horsepower with 243 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. It bested the standard Carrera in this wise. The suspension was revised and it was equipped with a strong gearbox and larger brakes. along with upgraded tires, wider rear wheels with flared wheel arches and more grip to make the machine more stable. The dimensions featured a wheelbase of 89.4 inches, a length of 169.9 inches, a width of 69.9 inches and a height of 51.6 inches. The curb weight was 1,668 lbs.

The history

The 1975-1977 Porsche 930 was the product of a decade or more of innovations in new automotive technology. Turbocharging was being experimented with at Porsche starting in the late 1960s with their race car engines. Work for the 930 began as early as 1972 when Porsche was required to come into compliance with homologation regulations. They were looking to produce a street-legal racer that would capture the essence of the sport yet meet with all requirements for being within the laws established for vehicles driving on public roadways. The early 930 was referred to as the Turbo Carrera when it was introduced to the world at the Paris Auto Show held in France in October of 1974. Sales commenced in early 1975 with sales in the United States starting in 1976.

The pros and cons

The 930 in its time was a beauty to behold and it didn’t fall behind when it came to performance on the road. For its size, the fully optimized direction of its power along with the rear engine layout and short wheelbase made it somewhat of a challenge to drive. Was it fast? In a word, yes, it was very fast, but the downside of driving this sexy and sporty Porsche was somewhat spoiled by the tendency for turbo lag and its proneness to oversteer.

A collector’s item.

Although the Porsche 930 made a brief appearance on the scene, it’s not been forgotten. There were only 2,819 ever produced between the years of 1975 and 1977. It was the car that was designed and built to replace the Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.0 and it did so for a few years before being replaced by the Porsche 964 Turbo. Although the production numbers do not qualify for being a limited edition per se, there are few of them still on the road today. Instead, savvy collectors who’ve restored them to their former glory usually prefer to keep them locked in a safe and environmentally controlled atmosphere where they’re safe and sound. Part of the current value of the Porsche 390 is in its age as well as its rarity, but even more is the history behind the car and the innovations made during the era that it was built.


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