One-off Porsche Classic ‘Project Gold’ 993 Turbo revealed
Bespoke 993 generation 911 Turbo marks 20 years of the end of air-cooled Porsche 911s
Taking one and a half years to conceptualise and build by specialists at Porsche Classic’s restoration workshop in Stuttgart, Project Gold is now officially the final air-cooled 911 Turbo to be produced, and marks 20 years since the end of full production of air cooled 911s.
Compared to the original 993 911, few design changes have been made. It’s an original 993 Turbo bodyshell featuring the side air intakes equipped on the more potent Turbo S model, made available as an option on the regular 993 Turbo in its final year on sale.
The body is finished in a vibrant Golden Yellow Metallic shade, which references the 599bhp 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series – revealed last year as the most powerful 911 Turbo ever made. Project Gold’s paint finish has been applied using the same techniques used on today’s Porsches, while it gets modern day corrosion protection too. It rides on iconic 993-era 911 ‘hollow twist’ wheels, painted gloss black and featuring golden yellow details and rim edges.
The interior follows the exterior theme, being period in design and layout but unique in finish. Golden weave carbon-fibre panels are found on the lower section of the dashboard and doors, and the black leather upholstery contrasts with golden stitching on the seats, dashboard and steering wheel. The instruments have been given a unique Project Gold twist too.
Powering Project Gold is a brand new 3.6-litre twin-turbo flat-six, the same in design as the original engine and developing 444bhp, matching the power output of the 993 Turbo S. Parts used to make the manual transmission and all-wheel-drive system have been sourced brand new from Porsche Classic’s catalogue of official parts.
Project Gold will make its full public debut at the Porsche Rennsport Reunion at the Laguna Seca circuit in California on 27 September, and will then be auctioned off to a private buyer in October. However, whoever takes possession of Project Gold won’t be able to take it for a spin on the road – this Porsche Classic creation is limited to private track use only.
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