Another highlight of our trip to the 2014 Essen Techno Classica was this Porsche 968 Turbo S, spotted on the Porsche Centre Bensberg stand. OPC Bensberg has built a strong reputation for finding rare Stuttgart machinery, and the 968 Turbo S is one of the very rarest ’90s Porsche products.
Weissach made just 16 of these cars: turbo 4-cylinders with the late 3.0 block and larger 8-valve head, giving 304 horsepower, 368 ft/lb of torque, sub-5 seconds to 60 and a top speed of 180 mph. The interior is trimmed, but stripped to lightweight buckets with a rear seatback delete.
It’s one of those machines that new Porsche would not contemplate, but the pressured Porsche of 1993 was all for, to get some press interest going. 1993 was the middle of some tough times at Stuttgart: then along came Wendelin Wiedeking.