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911 Turbo

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FLAWED BUT WHO CARES? STILL GOT THE ATHENA PRINT. STILL WANT THE CAR

Wait for it, wait for… boom!

Built: 19751989 I En­gine: 2994cc lat-six, 256bhp I Top speed: 153mph

Forty-three years on it’s still hard for some of us to hear the ‘T’ word in any con­text with­out be­ing trans­ported to a whale­tail day­dream, speci‰ically the one with the big, fat un­der­side that ar­rived with the in­ter­cooler and an ex­tra 300c of ca­pac­ity in ’78: the 911 Turbo is the turbo.

The orig­i­nal blown 911 was a rad­i­cally dif­fer­ent car from the 2.7 Car­rera also avail­able that year. Heav­ier, more plushly trimmed in pe­riod ’70s tar­tan and e“or­t­lessly quick, it was more GT than race re­fusenik, although it ac­tu­ally had a track cousin in the RSR Turbo.

But it was also ‰lawed, with even more weight slung out be­yond the rear axle, and, un­til 1989, avail­able with just four for­ward gears that only drew at­ten­tion to the lag. Who cares? Still got the Athena print. Still want the car.

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