Porsche has spent 2023 celebrating two main milestones: its seventy fifth anniversary and 60 years of the 911. Whereas 2024 is on the horizon, the 12 months is not over but and neither are the celebrations. The model offered a one-off 911 Turbo impressed by the unique mannequin from 1974.
Unveiled in Dubai, the one-of-a-kind coupe was created collectively by Porsche’s design division, its Unique Manufaktur division, its Center Japanese division, and folk from its Heritage & Museum arm. It is completed in a shade of silver that echoes the paint utilized to the primary 911 Turbo, it rides on black-finished Fuchs-look wheels, and it options “PORSCHE” decals on a tartan background above the rocker panels.
Quite a few small particulars add a crowning glory to the look, similar to black paint on the outside door handles, an old-school “TURBO” emblem on the again, and an “A” sticker on the precise aspect of the rear license plate. The letter stands for Austria, which could initially look odd; Porsche is predicated in Stuttgart, Germany. Nonetheless, the unique 911 Turbo was constructed for and given to Louise Piëch, Ferdinand Porsche’s daughter, for her seventieth birthday. She was born in Austria, she lived there (she notably owned the nation’s Porsche importer), and she or he’s buried there.
It does not sound like Porsche made mechanical adjustments to the one-off 911 Turbo, so energy comes from a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six. It develops 572 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, and it spins the 4 wheels through an eight-speed computerized transmission. For context, the primary series-produced 911 Turbo launched in 1975 used a 3.0-liter air-cooled flat-six fitted with a single turbocharger and rated at about 260 horsepower in European tune (the American market bought a much less highly effective model of the automobile). This mannequin was referred to as 930 internally.
Proven above, Piëch’s automobile — which is a part of the Porsche assortment and infrequently displayed within the firm’s museum — stands out from later, series-produced vehicles in a number of key methods. It shares its slender physique with the usual 911 Carrera, it is outfitted with purple tartan upholstery (therefore the decals on either side), and it is powered by a turbocharged, 2.7-liter flat-six engine rated at roughly 240 horsepower.
We do not know what’s subsequent for the one-off. It might additionally find yourself within the Porsche museum, or it would already be in a non-public assortment.