2006 Melbourne Spring Classic Auction - Monday 4th September
1982 Porsche 930 Turbo Coupe
|Engine||Flat 6-cylinder, 3299cc|
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The original Porsche supercar, the Type 930 Turbo arrived on the scene in 1975 and the pumped-up 911 bodywork hid a multitude of engineering changes based on the experience gained with a turbocharged version of the 911 RSR that had been campaigned in the World Sports Car Championship in 1974. Underneath the massive whaletail lay the familiar flat-six sporting an exhaust-driven KKK turbocharger with an oil cooler, Bosch K-Jetronicfuel injection and a 6.5:1 compression ratio to give 260bhp, making the Turbo Porsche's most powerful road car yet. With revised suspension and four-speed gearbox designed specifically for the new model (the existing five-speed from the 911 wasn't capable of handling the 406lb/ft of torque generated by the engine), the Turbo had electrifying performance. Flared guards housed wider Fuchs alloy wheels shod with massive Pirelli P7 tyres while spoilers front and rear helped generate sufficient downforce to keep the Porsche glued to the road. As time went by, a few changes were made to the Turbo's specification, including 16-inch wheels in 1977 and an increase in capacity to 3.3-litres for 1978, accompanied by a new air-to-air intercooler. With the jump in power to an even 300bhp and even greater performance, Porsche answered the one major criticism levelled at the Turbo by improving the brakes on the 3.3-litre cars using the same cross-drilled four caliper items originally found in the legendary 917 sports-racers.