Even with the proliferation of turbocharged engines across the automotive spectrum, one car still comes to mind when someone says, “I just saw a new Turbo,” 40 years after its introduction: the Porsche 911 Turbo.
After four decades, the mighty Turbo still presides as king of a 911 lineup that now numbers 20 different models. And it remains a road- and track-scorching testament to Porsche’s unrelenting devotion to its rear-engine sports car franchise.
Introduced in Europe in 1974, the Porsche 911 Turbo – officially called the Carrera Turbo and internally tagged the Type 930 – arrived on U.S. shores the following year as a 1976 model. Its fattened rear quarters covered wide tires that, along with the unique “whale tail” rear spoiler, were intended to instill [...]