The 911 Turbo 3.3, codenamed as 930, is an updated variant of the original 911 Turbo and the fastest production car of the first generation Porsche 911. It was initially released for the 1978 model year and replaced in 1990 by the 964 model generation.
The early 1980s were a challenging time for performance cars in the U.S. due to ever-increasing EPA regulations. So challenging, in fact, that the 911 Turbo -- known as the 930 in America -- was withheld from the U.S. and Japanese markets until 1986. The flared wheel arches and whale-tail were definitive characteristics of the 911 Turbo. Despite its evident turbo-lag, the 296 horsepower, air-cooled flat-six delivered aggressive performance and strong acceleration. Power was delivered through a four-speed, though a five-speed was available in the lesser, non-turbo Carrera. While 911’s have always been born -- perhaps blessed -- with oversteer, when coupled with the turbo-lag, the car could be more than a handful when accelerating through a corner. It’s hard to believe at this time some at Porsche considered letting the 928 replace the 911. Thanks to then-CEO Peter W. Schultz, the 911’s future was ensured and its legendary status continued.
Visually, the 3.3 Turbo differs from regular 911 models by having bigger fenders in order to fit wider tires and a large 'ducktail' rear spoiler with small vent openings that draw in more air to the engine.
The 3.3 Turbo has an flat-six powertrain mated to a four-speed manual transmission and is boosted by a turbocharger complemented by an intercooler. It offers 296 hp (300 PS; 221 kW) and 304 ft·lb (412 Nm) of torque, allowing the 3.3 Turbo to still have competitive acceleration times as shown by a 0 to 60 mph time in 5.1 seconds and 0 to 100 mph time in 12 seconds.
The 3.3 Turbo can still keep up with modern sports cars when accelerating from a standstill, although its acceleration does start to wear off at higher speeds due to long gearing. The rear-engine characteristic allows the 3.3 Turbo to have quick steering but also makes the rear more susceptible to oversteer if pushed too hard. In medium-speed corners, the 3.3 Turbo often needs to shift down to receive more torque for acceleration, which in turn can also overwhelm the rear tires with improper throttle control.
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