The first of the 911 Turbo’s was known as the “930” to separate it from a standard 911. Porsche was experimenting at the time with putting Turbo chargers into their competition vehicles, and decided to develop a Turbocharged 911. The result, was a very special Porsche indeed, in fact, it was the fastest production vehicle available in Germany of the 70’s. Up until this point, Porsche was never known for it’s raw power, instead it was popular for the handling and driving characteristics, but the Turbo certainly changed that. Adding to the appeal, the 930 was the first to fashion the “Whale Tail” spoiler, which helped to keep the large rear tyres planted at speed.

The top speed of this amazing car was over 155mph and it had been recorded to do 0-60mph in 4.9 seconds. With speed like this, and the technology in cars at the time, the Turbo gained a reputation for being “unforgiving” when in the hands of a less experience sports car driver. As a result of the huge success of this car, turbocharged 911’s were here to stay.

The car proved very popular in North America and Europe, 2,819 models of the 3.0 911 Turbo were sold. Later, in 1978, an updated 3.3 was made to 1989, with a further 18,770 produced.

How to spot

  • Whale tail rear spoiler
  • Boost gauge on dash
  • Intercooler atop engine
  • Larger brake discs and calipers


Capacity: 2993cc

Compression ratio: 7.0:1

Maximum Power: 256bhp @ 5500rpm

Maximum Torque: 343Nm @ 4000rpm

Brakes: Front: 304mm discs; rear: 309mm discs

Suspension: Front: MacPherson struts with telescopic dampers and torsion bar springs; rear: trailing wishbones with telescopic dampers and transverse torsion bar. Front and rear antiroll bars

Wheels & Tyres: Front: 15x7J with 185/70VR tyres. Rear: 15x8J with 215/60VR tyres

Length: 4491mm

Width: 1775mm

Weight: >1300kg

Did you know?

Early U.S. models were badged “Turbo Carrera” and then was later the vehicle was simply badged as “Turbo”.