• The Evolution of the Porsche 911 Turbo - A Video Packed With Nostalgia

Watch Porsche drag race all 911 Turbo models from 1975 to 2020

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More than 50 years old as of 2020, the Porsche 911 is one of the most iconic sports cars ever built. But not just for the fact that it has been produced continuously since 1963 with pretty much the same design cues, it’s also because the modern version is as quick as a full-fledged supercar in Turbo trim. Porsche takes great pride in this version of the 911 and set up an emotional video in which seven different generations of the Turbo are being drag raced at the same time.

The Evolution of the Porsche 911 Turbo - A Video Packed With Nostalgia
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Porsche launched the original 911 back in 1963, but it needed more than a decade to turbocharge it. The first 911 Turbo, called the 930, arrived in 1975. And since then, every version of the 911 was offered in Turbo (and Turbo S) trim. The 911 Turbo has come a long way since 1975. While the original 930 Turbo came with 256 horsepower on tap, the latest 911 Turbo is rated at 572 horses. That’s more than double the output of its ancestor. And while the 930 Turbo hits 62 mph in 5.4 seconds, the 992 Turbo reaches the same benchmark in scant 2.8 clicks. Almost twice as quick!

Porsche celebrates 45 years since the original 911 Turbo was introduced by drag racing seven generations.

The starting grid includes cars from 1975, 1991, 1995, 2000, 2009, 2015, and 2020.

It’s quite obvious that the highly advanced 911 Turbo from 2020 wins while the original 930 Turbo comes in last, but that’s not the point of race. As Porsche puts it, the 911 Turbo is more than just a version of the 911. It’s a "spearhead model, a high flyer, and the limit of what is feasible."

The Evolution of the Porsche 911 Turbo - A Video Packed With Nostalgia
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But even through the latest 911 Turbo is clearly the fastest and most powerful, the 1975 original remains my favorite and pretty much the classic I’d buy in a heartbeat.

Drag racing aside, it’s worth noting that the 911 Turbo isn’t the quickest and most powerful 911. Porsche also offers the 911 Turbo S, which features the same 3.7-liter flat-six tuned to deliver 641 horsepower. But we shouldn’t forget about the 911 GT2 RS, the ultimate turbocharged 911. Porsche has yet to create a 992-generation model, but the previous 991 version is nothing to sneeze at with a maximum output of 690 horsepower. It’s safe to say that the 992-gen GT2 will take it to the next level with more than 700 horsepower.

Ciprian Florea
Ciprian Florea
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Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read full bio
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