The Porsche 911 Turbo – or Type-930 as it was known internally – has sort of a reputation for being a widow maker. Boost pressure came on quickly and without warning, and during cornering, many owners’ instinct was to lift off the throttle. Unfortunately, that unloaded the rear axle, which would then often quickly snap to positive camber without the engine’s mass to keep it squat.
Despite this (or perhaps partly because of it), the early Porsche 911 Turbo is a highly sought-after classic, which is why Matt Farah of The Smoking Tire would have been remiss to decline driving one through the canyons in Los Angeles.
But the Porsche 911 Turbo in-question isn’t just any example; it’s a 1986 model year car, with a rebuilt motor counting around 20 to 30 thousand miles. The 3.4-liter motor has been built up, too, fed by a (more progressive) aftermarket turbocharger flowing through a larger intercooler. It also has a water/methanol injection kit to cool the intake charge and allow for more timing advance.
The result is a 1986 Porsche 911 Turbo putting out around 400 HP at the wheels, or about 120 more than stock (according to the owner). Want to see if Matt Farah can keep all that mighty German muscle in-check through some winding mountain passes? Watch the video below: