Page 1 of 1 At the 1994 Geneva Motor Show, Porsche had revealed the Cabriolet version of the latest 911, known internally as the 993. Its classically elegant design was immediately recognised by Porsche's distributor in Munich, Kaspar Haberl. He did feel the new 911 Cabriolet could do with a little more power than produced by the naturally aspirated flat six offered in the series production model. Haberl reckoned that the turbocharged engine could make the car even better, so he turned to the Porsche Exclusive Department. Having catered to far more outlandish requests, the former Special Wish Department, were keen to help Haberl, under the condition that he ordered at least ten examples. That proved to be no problem at all with the order book filled in no time.
In 1995, the turbo version of the Type 993 was still under development, so the Porsche Exclusive engineers had to fall back on the 3.6-litre turbo engine used in the previous generation 911. This was the ultimate development of the single turbo engine that had originally been introduced with a three-litre displacement back in 1975. Developed over the years, the 3.6-litre version was introduced in 1993 and produced 360 hp. It took the place of the similarly sized naturally aspirated engine fitted in the regular production 911 Carrera. Also carried over from the previous generation 911 was the tried and trusted, and very sturdy five-speed gearbox instead of the new-for-the-993 six-speed manual.
Compared to the outgoing 964 model, the Type 993 not only boasted a substantially revised exterior design, it also came with comprehensively re-designed suspension. Especially the rear end was addressed, which saw the familiar trailing arms and torsion bars replaced with a thoroughly modern multi-link layout. Internally ventilated discs and four-pot callipers were also fitted as standard on the 993 for the first time. Subtle and not so subtle changes were made to the 993 sheet metal to accommodate the wider wheels and more powerful engine. Among the revisions were dramatically flared wheel-arches and the addition of a sizeable wing on the engine cover that had previously been available exclusively on the limited production Turbo S.
All this custom work did come at the considerable premium of DM 112,000, nearly doubling the price of a 'regular' 911 Carrera Cabriolet and bringing the total up to a staggering DM 264,000. Although the car was never officially offered and despite of the hefty price tag, a total of 14 examples of the hybrid 911 Turbo Cabriolet were built in 1995 and all were finished to meet the individual customer's needs. Later that year, Porsche revealed the new 911 Turbo but this car was never offered as a drop-top and also featured four-wheel drive. The 993 Turbo Cabriolet remains as one of the very last truly custom models built by the Porsche Exclusive Department. Page 1 of 1