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Thursday 25th October 2012


YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO: 964 TURBO

Modern 911s too safe and boring? Fear not, Harris has found one that'll scare you silly


Journalists and punters didn't find the original 1992 Porsche 965 quite exciting enough, so the Germans upped the capacity of the engine to 3.6 litres, giving a decent 360hp and leaving most testers in no doubt that the days of the dangerous Turbo were, erm, safely restored.

Blingy, scary and built like a tank
Blingy, scary and built like a tank
There were other detail changes to the chassis and brakes, plus a set of rather snazzy two-piece Speedlines that would corrode within 100 miles of a suggestion of rain.

By 1994, the 911 bodyshell was nearly a quarter of a century old, but the 3.6 looked so damn good that the producers of the film Bad Boys chose one for Will Smith to roar about Miami. I watched it again the other night, and I think I reached the slightly shameful conclusion that the 3.6 is one of the few cars I could buy on looks alone. This being the case because it wasn't much cop to drive.

Massive understeer gave way to shocking oversteer, it had tragic turbo lag and the airbag weighed so much you could feel the inertia in the steering column. But when it was on full-boost, and you'd been brave enough to hoon through the front-axle push, it was one hell of a challenge.

They don't make 'em like this any more, etc
They don't make 'em like this any more, etc
But mainly it comes down to looks and build quality for me. These were assembled to withstand years of abuse, and those wide arches, the move to 18-inch rims and the slightly lower ride height over the 3.3 somehow tipped the 3.6 into car porn territory. Which makes white the ideal choice.

Any car vendor with the word joker in its name clearly requires further investigation but if this car stacks up, it will be good news in the long term.

 

 


PORSCHE 911 Turbo 3.6 (964)
Price:
109,964 euros
Why you should: A proper, scary 911 Turbo and an appreciating asset...
Why you shouldn't: ...so long as you don't bin it

See the original advert here.

 

Author: Chris Harris
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