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2013-02-08 11:22

RELIABLE AND TRENDY: The Porsche 993 was designed with a lower slung front-end and became a favourite among Porsche lovers.


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The 911 with the internal design number 993 remains the one true love of many a Porsche driver.

The remarkably pleasing design has much to do with this. The integrated bumpers underscore the smooth elegance of its styling. The front section is lower-slung than on the earlier models, made possible by a switch from round to poly-ellipsoid headlights.

The 993 quickly gained a reputation for exceptional dependability and reliability. It was also agile, as the first 911 with a newly designed aluminium chassis.


The Turbo version was the first to have a twin-turbo engine, giving it the lowest-emissions production automotive powertrain in the world in 1995. The hollow-spoke aluminium rims, never before used on any car, were yet another innovation of the all-wheel drive Turbo version.

The Porsche 911 GT2 was aimed at the sports-car purist who cherished the thrill of high speed. An electric glass roof that slid under the rear window was one of the innovations of the 911 Targa but the real reason dyed-in-the-wool Porsche enthusiasts still revere the 993 is that this model, produced from 1993-98, was the last 911 with an air-cooled engine.

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