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When announced in February 1993, the 911 Turbo 3.6 was to be the highest-performance regular production offering Porsche had ever produced for sale in North America. This new single-turbo, rear-drive, widebody964-chassis 911 produced a shocking 355 horsepower. Porsche achieved these eye watering numbers by turbocharging its new M64 3.6-liter engine and swapping out the previous 3.3-liter powerplant.
As the 964-chassis generation drew to a close, Porsche decided to release an even more powerful variant, the Turbo S. Designed with even higher performance than the standard 911 Turbo, Porsche estimated it would build fewer than 100 of these Turbo S models.
The 911 Turbo S would include the X88 “Works Increased Horsepower” engine with modifications inspired by the Brumos Racing IMSA engine built by Andial, the California-based performance tuner with a record of building race-winning competition cars. These included a larger KKK turbocharger with increased boost, a more efficient intercooler, modified cylinder heads with larger ports, increased-capacity fuel injectors, a four-pipe exhaust, and more radical camshafts with advanced engine timing. The M64/50S X88 engine delivered a claimed 385 horsepower, nearly 30 horsepower more than the standard 3.6 Turbo. Torque was 384 pounds-feet and available at low rpms, helping resolve complaints of lacking power at lower boost levels. All this potency was transferred to the wheels through a G50 five-speed manual transaxle with a ZF-sourced 40-percent locking differential.
The Turbo S cars were fitted with the standard 3.6 Turbo suspension, including 21- and 22-milimeter anti-roll bars, front and rear, coupled with Boge shocks and struts, while Porsche racing engineer Roland Kussmaul lowered the ride height by about an inch and a half for enhanced handling.
Most of the Turbo S models were to have the new and improved “Flachbau,” or flat-nose, Version II front end, which differed from the earlier flat-nose of the 1980s. This exotic option, inspired by the legendary Porsche 935 racecar, was hand-fabricated and thus tremendously expensive, adding $60,179 to the Turbo’s $99,000 base price.
By 30 November 1993, final production numbers were announced to dealers; the United States was to receive 39 Turbo S coupes with the X85 flat-nose option. Porsche Cars North America and Porsche Canada, together with their regional managers, petitioned for a further allotment of Turbo S coupes. Their special request was granted, resulting in among the rarest of all air-cooled Porsche models ever built, the Turbo S “Package.”
These exceptionally rare, North American-delivery 911 Turbo S X85 coupes were built without the flat-nose option and are immediately recognizable by their traditional headlamp design. Like its flat-nosed brethren, the “Package” cars featured asymmetrical Porsche 959-style air intakes on both rear quarter-panels, a special front air splitter, a louvered rear wing that enclosed the intercooler, quadruple exhaust tips, and 18-inch “Speedline for Porsche” modular light-alloy wheels—eight inches wide in front and 10 inches at the rear—shod with high-performance tires.
No matter the body style, the Turbo S cars are brilliant performers, serving up sub-four-second 0–60 times and covering a standing quarter mile in about 12 seconds.
Completed in December 1993, this exceptional Turbo S “Package” is among the rarest of rare examples, being one of just two delivered new to Canada. Due to local government regulations, these Canadian units were delivered without the X93 Turbo S rear spoiler and XE four-tip exhaust and included Turbo 3.6 rather than Turbo S badges. The difference in badging is said to have resulted from the Canadian government demanding additional crash testing to rebrand the car as a Turbo S.
Delivered in the highly desirable color combination of “triple black,” this example was sold new through Downtown Fine Cars of Toronto. It is said to be one of just 10 “Package” cars specified in all-black and sports appointments from Porsche’s Sonderwunsch or “Special Wishes” factory customization program. These upgrades include extensive leather trim throughout the cabin including on the dashboard, door panels, center console, and rear deck. A power sunroof, heated front seats, and Sony XR-150 stereo with Dolby speakers and a CD-changer round out the car’s luxury features.
While its first owner is unknown, they were likely Toronto based and maintained the car through Downtown Fine Cars for the next six years before selling to the subsequent caretaker in West Vancouver with just over 10,000 kilometers logged. Several service invoices attest to maintenance the car received before being sold to its third and most recent owner in Illinois in 2000. Prior to exporting the car to the United States, the odometer was converted and recalibrated to miles by Pfaff Motors of Newmarket, Ontario on 30 March 2000. At the time, mileage was recorded at 25,084 kilometers, which was then converted to 15,677 miles, as documented by an invoice from Pfaff Motors.
With just 17 examples produced, and one of just two in this specification, the 911 Turbo S “Package” is among the rarest and most desirable of all production Porsche cars, making this superb, low-mileage specimen a must-have for serious Porsche collectors and fans of the 964-chassis 911.
This vehicle will be offered at RM Sotheby’s Miami sale, taking place 10 December. View more and register to bid online at rmsothebys.com today.