You Know You Want To: 964 Turbo

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

See the original advert here.


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  • Bucketeer 25 Oct 2012

    Is it possible to de-chrome wheels?
    De-chromed and de-spoilered = delightful

    Edited by Bucketeer on Thursday 25th October 13:04

  • simonigrale 25 Oct 2012

    Bad boys, bad boys, what ya gonna do when they come for you !!! laugh

  • 365daytonafan 25 Oct 2012

    Didn't Steve Sutcliffe's attempt to buy and run one of these not end very well for his (or Haymarket's) bank account?

    Cool car though.

  • chiefski26 25 Oct 2012

    Nice old skool 911.

  • Remagel2507 25 Oct 2012

    simonigrale said:
    Bad boys, bad boys, what ya gonna do when they come for you !!! laugh
    Eighty thousand dollars for this car and you ain't got no damn cup holder?
    It's $105,000 and this happens to be one of the fastest production cars on the planet. Zero to sixty in four seconds, sweetie. It's a limited edition.
    You damn right it's limited. No cup holder, no back seat. Just a shiny dick with two chairs in it. I guess we the balls just draggin' the fk along.

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