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There’s some­thing uniquely spe­cial about the Porsche Turbo. A car that took the 911 into a new strato­sphere when launched in 1975, it gave gen­uine su­per­car cre­den­tials to Zuf­fen­hausen’s sports car icon with its bulging body­work and ex­plo­sive per­for­mance. The ap­peal of the Turbo since has been ev­er­last­ing. Launched amid a global oil cri­sis it nev­er­the­less flour­ished, be­com­ing a sym­bol of ex­cess by the mid-1980s and sur­viv­ing pro­longed ex­clu­sion from the United States and Ja­panese mar­kets in the process.

Now in its fourth decade of con­tin­u­ous pro­duc­tion, the Turbo has also proved it’s still rel­e­vant today, beat­ing away an­other ex­is­ten­tial threat, this time from within Porsche. 2015 saw the en­tire 911 Car­rera range fol­low the Turbo’s suit by adopt­ing forced in­duc­tion: no longer a unique chap­ter of the 911 dy­nasty, many pre­dicted used Turbo val­ues would fall as a re­sult. As it hap­pened they held firm, at a time when prices of nearly ev­ery nat­u­rally as­pi­rated 911 took a tum­ble in­stead.

The Turbo’s fu­ture, how­ever, re­mains chal­leng­ing. Aside from ever-strin­gent emis­sions reg­u­la­tions which Porsche must some­how en­sure it ad­heres to, there’s a greater so­ci­etal threat as the con­cept of a gas-guz­zling per­for­mance car looks in­creas­ingly at odds with the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try’s dash to­wards e-mo­bil­ity.

Porsche will at­tempt to com­bat this with hy­brid tech­nol­ogy. You can ex­pect to see a Turbo S e-hy­brid at some stage of the in­com­ing 992 gen­er­a­tion’s life­span, though this is a tem­po­rary fix. Look­ing fur­ther into the fu­ture the stark re­al­ity is with fully elec­tric ve­hi­cles leg­is­lat­ing their way onto our roads, a 911 Turbo surely can­not sur­vive.

But that’s for an­other day: in this mo­ment we in­tend to cel­e­brate the Turbo with a look at some of its most re­mark­able of­fer­ings, from 930 to 991, with some Ruf mad­ness thrown in to boot. Long live the 911 Turbo!

“The ap­peal of the Turbo has been ev­er­last­ing”

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