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Is 25 HP Worth the Extra $150,000 for a Porsche 993 Turbo S?

Two 1997 Porsche 993 Turbos are currently being auctioned on but the price differential is staggering. The Porsche 993 Turbo S that offers an extra 25 hp is currently bid for more than $150,000 over the same model year Turbo.

What makes the Porsche 993 Turbo S worth premium pricing? As noted by Sports Car Market, the Porsche 993 Turbo S has a median value of $346,000 versus the Porsche 993 Turbo being valued at $148,000.

There appear to be three primary reasons for the pricing disparity:

  1. Limited numbers

  2. Style

  3. Power and Performance

1. Limited Numbers

Only 182 examples were produced of the Porsche 993 Turbo S out of the 5,978 Porsche 993 Turbos produced. This puts the owner in a rarified club of Porsche collectors who value exclusivity.

2. Style

The Turbo S comes with a unique and more aggressive styling package both inside and out. Leather covers every surface not covered by carbon fiber, including every knob, switch, dial, vent and stalk. On the outside, a bigger and bolder wing is available along with a front spoiler with brake cooling ducts and air scoops behind the doors.

The 993 Turbo S on offer takes the over-the-top design to the extreme with a one of a kind Cobalt Blue Metallic paint color and a Metropol Blue leather interior with yellow stitching.

3. Power and Performance

The Porsche 993 Turbo S offers 25 more horsepower to produce a 424 hp performance car versus the 400 hp of the base Turbo. As MotorTrend reported in 1997 “Launch the 424-horsepower war machine with both turbos spooling, and all four Pirelli P Zero tires struggle for traction and catapult the 3307-poun car off the line.’ Motor Trend’s 0-60 speed attained is 3.6 seconds. Today’s Porsches will easily match these performance figures today, but in 1997 they produced a true high performance sports car. An extreme braking package on the 993 Turbo S outgunned both the Dodge Viper GTS and LS1-powered Chevrolet Corvette in 0-100-0 performances in 1997.

The Decision: Is The Porsche 993 Turbo S Worth the Extra $150,000?

If you are in the select world of Porsche collectors with unlimited funds, then yes, it is totally worth the extra $150,000 for the exclusivity that the Porsche 993 Turbo S provides.

However, if your budget is more limited and you want to experience the best and last of the Porsche air-cooled turbo package, save $150,000 and buy the Porsche 993 Turbo to your specs for $148,000. Buying a $150,000 car that is not seeing the road much still requires some serious bank.

1997 Porsche 993 Turbo S being auctioned on

1997 Porsche 993 turbo being auctioned on

Tags: Porsche 993, Porsche 993 Turbo, Air-Cooled Porsche Turbo

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