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Following the close of 930 Turbo production in 1989, hard-core Porsche fans had to wait until 1991 for the new-generation Turbo, based upon the 964-Series Carrera 2 with an updated version of the 3.3-liter 930 Turbo engine. While a definite improvement in several key areas over the prior 930 Turbo, insufficient time to develop a turbocharged version of the new 3.6-liter M64 engine forced Porsche to continue – albeit with improvements – use of the 3.3-liter turbocharged engine from the outgoing 930. When Porsche did finally unleash 3.6-liter 964 Turbo in January 1993, the critics were silenced with the new car’s larger-displacement M64 engine delivering 360 horsepower at 5,500 rpm in US specification. Off-boost performance and drivability were greatly enhanced with the camshafts, fuel-injection system, and single KKK turbocharger of the Turbo 3.6 optimized to deliver greater torque at lower engine revolutions than ever before. All this newly found power was harnessed by wider 18-inch Speedline wheels, lowered and stiffened underpinnings, and for the first time, large red-finished Brembo brake calipers.
To say the new Turbo 3.6 was a blistering performer is a serious understatement, with the vehicle reported by Car and Driver to be the best-performing U.S.-legal production car when new. Capable of acceleration from rest to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds, the Turbo 3.6 delivered 12.4-second elapsed times in the quarter-mile at 114 mph and equally impressive braking distances with 1.2 g deceleration forces. By the time Turbo 3.6 production ceased at the end of 1993, just 1,587 examples were produced for worldwide markets, spanning the 1993 and 1994 model years. As one of the least numerous Porsche production models since the 959, the ‘964’ Turbo 3.6 was, and remains, highly sought-after by committed driving enthusiasts worldwide.
This fully sorted, numbers matching 3.6 Turbo is one of just 466 R-Program cars built for North American markets for the final 1994 model year of this renowned 964-series Porsche model. All maintenance work is up-to-date, performed by the Porsche specialists at Import Autohaus, Huntington Station, New York. Show-quality inside and out, this 3.6 Turbo is unadulterated and offered in full factory specification. It is also extremely rare, being one of just 7 produced with a desirable root wood dash, shift lever, and brake handle. Other highlights include a sunroof, CD changer, very rare rear-window washer, and original Speedline split-rim alloy wheels. Remaining accident-free, it is an original Arizona car, subsequently relocated to California, where it was owned by an elderly collector and literally babied under his care. Most recently, it was purchased by the Consignor and brought to New York, where it has continued to enjoy proper climate-controlled garage storage and maintenance.
Benefiting from full servicing, it remains mechanically flawless and needs nothing. The radio was sent out to for installation of a smartphone connection. As offered, this stellar and highly desirable Porsche Type 964 Turbo 3.6 comes with original owner’s manual, previous invoices, warranty card, a dealer directory, sales literature, original tools and corresponding Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. Exceedingly rare, collectible, and sought-after, it stands tall as one of the all-time finest Porsche driving machines.