For a glorious 14-year period between 1975 and 1989, the Porsche 930 was the sports car to drive. This was the top of the line trim of the famous 911 series, and for a time, was the fastest production vehicle made by a German automaker. With a rear mounted air cooled flat six engine putting out up to 330 horses, the 930 could almost fly like the wind. The standard model came with a four speed manual transmission, but a five speed option was available. During the first t wo years of production, the engine was a 3.0 liter model, but that was upgraded to a 3.3 liter engine for the 1978 model year. Both hard top and convertible models were available.
Experimentation with turbocharges started over at the Porsche factory around 1968. By 1972, plans were on the drawing board for a turbocharged 911 model. While the short term objective was to build a competitive racing machine, the long term goal was to make a race car that could be sold as a street legal automobile, similar to the '73 Carrera. It was from that Carrera that the 930 was ultimately developed. At that time, the new 930 was rated at 256 horsepower, significantly more than the Carrera. In order to handle that extra power, the 930 was equipped with a sport tuned suspension system, larger brakes and a heavy duty four speed transmission. In addition, the 930 was equipped with a special spoiler on the back in order to vent more air to the engine as well as keep the rear of the car stable at high speeds. Toward that end, the 930 was also designed with wider back wheels and deeper rear fender wells in order to help the vehicle better grip the road surface.
Although the model first came out in 1974 for the '75 model year, U.S. drivers hd to wait until 1976 to get their hands on a Porsche 930. The first models were indeed very fast, but required a great deal of skill to drive, due to its short wheelbase, rear engine and a phenomenon known as "turbo lag" (the time between the engagement of the throttle and the activation of the turbocharger).
In 1978, Porsche added a larger engine equipped with an intercooler. This raised the horsepower to 300. The 930 also got heavier racing brakes. In 1980, the Environmental Protection Agency passed new emissions regulations - which meant that the Porsche could no longer be sold in the U.S. It continued to be available in Canada as well as Europe, however.
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