Ever since Porsche added forced induction to the 911 all the way back in 1975, the 911 Turbo has become synonymous with exhilarating performance. From the original “widowmaker” 930 to the current 992, the 911 Turbo has always offered speed without sacrificing the everyday usability that came with lesser versions.
In the video below, each generation of the 911 Turbo is pitted against each other in a drag race, so let’s see who the contestants, and their drivers, are.
1st Generation: 930 Turbo
The original 911 Turbo, the 930, is being driven by former F1 driver Mark Webber. It was produced from 1975 to 1989 and had a 3.0-liter turbocharged flat-six making 256 hp (260 PS / 191 kW) and 243 lb-ft (329 Nm) of torque. It went from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 5.4 seconds and reached a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).
2nd Generation: 964 Turbo
Being driven by Porsche factory racing driver Dirk Werner is the 964 Turbo. It was produced from 1990 to 1994 and its 3.3-liter turbocharged flat-6 engine made 316 hp (320 PS / 235 kW) and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) of torque for a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 5.0 seconds and a top speed of 171 mph (273 km/h).
3rd Generation: 993 Turbo
Former Le Mans and Formula E driver Neel Jani helmed the 993 Turbo. The 993 was the first 911 Turbo to get twin turbochargers, as well as the last air-cooled. It stayed in production from 1995 to 1998 and its 3.6-liter engine delivered 402 hp (408 PS / 300 kW) and 398 lb-ft (540 Nm) of torque. It went from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 4.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h).
4th Generation: 996 Turbo
The 996 Turbo’s styling, along with the fact that it was the first water-cooled 911, upset many Porsche purists. Made from 1999 to 2005, it was powered by a 3.6-liter twin-turbo flat-six making 414 hp (420 PS / 309 kW) and 415 lb-ft (563 Nm) of torque. It went from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 4.2 seconds and had a top speed of 190 mph (310 km/h). In this test, it is driven by former Porsche Supercup and Carrera Cup champion Earl Bamber.
5th Generation: 997 Turbo
Former Carrera Cup champion Thomas Preining sat behind the wheel of the 997 Turbo. The 997 fixed the previous-generation’s styling and did away with its “fried egg” headlights. The 997 Turbo stayed in production from 2006 to 2012 and had a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged engine making 493 hp (500 PS / 368 kW) and 480 lb-ft (651 Nm) of torque. It did the zero to 62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 3.4 seconds and had a top speed of 194 mph (312 km/h).
6th Generation: 991 Turbo
Being driven by Porsche factory driver Matt Campbell is the 991 Turbo. It was produced from 2012 to 2019 and had a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six engine making 532 hp (540 PS / 397 kW) and 487 lb-ft (660 Nm) of torque. It did the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 3.0 seconds and had a top speed of 196 mph (315 km/h).
7th Generation: 992 Turbo
Lastly, we have the 992 that’s being driven by Olaf Manthey, the first ever Porsche Carrera Cup champion. The 992 Turbo is the current-gen 911, and it has a 3.8-liter twin-turbo six making 572 hp (580 PS / 426 kW) and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque. It goes from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 2.8 seconds and maxes out at 199 mph (320 km/h).
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