The early 1980s were a challenging time for performance cars in the U.S. due to ever-increasing EPA regulations. So challenging, in fact, that the 911 Turbo--known as the 930 in America-- was withheld from the U.S. and Japanese markets until 1986. The flared wheelarches and whale-tail were definitive characteristics of the 911 Turbo. Despite its evident turbo-lag, the 296 horsepower, air-cooled, flat-six delivered aggressive performance and strong acceleration. Power was delivered through a four-speed, though a five-speed was available in the lesser, non-turbo Carrera. While 911s have always been born--perhaps blessed--with oversteer, when coupled with the turbo-lag, the car could be more than a handful when accelerating through a corner. Its hard to believe at this time some at Porsche considered letting the 928 replace the 911. Thanks to Peter W. Schultz, then CEO of Porsche, the 911s future was ensured and thus the continued success of the iconic 911 line and the company maintained.
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