Porsche 930 Turbo Convertible: symbol of the 80’s

Published on Monday, March 11, 2019.
Updated on Friday, August 30, 2019.

The 80’s were the money years, where one “showed off”, while the new liberalism created the newly rich, supporters of flashy cars, mainly in Germany (where the tuning market developed) and in USA, where showing one’s success to everyone came naturally. Given this context, the Porsche 930 Turbo Cabriolet was a revelation those days, combining Turbo’s rage and power, through the indolence of a cabriolet: a surprising choice, even disconcerting for that matter, leading to one of the most desirable cars in the market, those days.

A Turbo Cabriolet proto was presented in 1982, without the coupé wing. The series version recovered it, eventually.

Usually a convertible is cushy. Of course, it can have some horsepower under the hood, but its lower stiffness curbs its sports intentions. No need for strong accelerations to enjoy a convertible, the simple fact of just “cruising” makes many happy. With the 930 Turbo Cabriolet, one made way in another world: a beastly look, “pie server” type extended wing and 300 hp, just for the sake of offering incredible performance, those days.

It took 4 years for this prototype to become a series reality.

From 930 Turbo 3 liters to 3.3 convertible

The 930 Turbo in its 3-liter (260 hp) coupé version was launched in 1975, making the most of the Turbo experience acquired by Porsche, in competition with the Carrera RSR Turbo Group 5. In 1977, the flat six turbocharged moved onto 3.3 liters and achieved 300 fateful horsepower. In 1981, a first convertible prototype was presented, but one had to wait for 1986 to see the Convertible and Targa versions, in production.

La 930 Turbo knew two « airy » versions: the Convertible but also the rare Targa.

Porsche’s precaution very well proved that this genres blending wasn’t easy, but the pressure from the American market who yearned such a model, was stronger than ever. This is how the 930 Turbo Cabriolet was launched on the markets. Still equipped with the 4-speed gearbox, it received the new BVM 5 ratio G50, 1988 onward.

930 Turbo convertible: a teen idol

It might have been unseemly, but the Turbo convertible was a dream for several teens during the 80’s. The power evoked through its curves and confirmed by its flat six turbocharged, did nothing but seduce the young men those days. It didn’t matter if it was tasteful or not.

Produced from 1986 until September 1989, the Turbo Cabriolet found 1 642 clients, (of which 724 models with the G50 box), which makes it a rare model (the Targa with only 297 units, was even rarer). Expensive those days and still the case today, with a price of more the 200 000 euros, according to Flat6 magazine.

Beastly, hair in the wind

However, despite a major entrance ticket, the Porsche 930 Turbo Cabriolet did offer pleasure: besides from the glory of riding this iconic car during the 80’s, enjoying the sun and the wind, it was like reverting back to hard-core sportiness. No power steering, an engine whose power popped out at 3 500 rpm, latency time for Turbo, its brutal force didn’t make it easily, tamable.

This is definitely the genuine quality of this car: getting back to the fundamentals, with a specific balance of a 911. Of course, she is hard to ignore. But this was the idea those days and still is today: one wants to be seen with the 930 Turbo Cabriolet. However, it’ll be tough to find one, whose owner is willing to part with the latter. But she’ll remain more within reach, compared to her sisters, 964 Turbo Cabriolet (8 models) or 993 Turbo Cabriolet (14 models). Otherwise, in the same lines of the “debauched” cabriolet of the 80’s, there is always the BMW M3 Cabriolet.

Caractéristiques techniques


Porsche 930 Turbo Convertible

1986 - 1989


Engine 6 flat cylinders
Cubic capacity 3 299 cc
Alimentation Bosch K-Jetronic, Turbo KKK 3 LDZ
Engine power 300 hp à 5 500 trs/min
Engine torque 43,8 mkg à 4 000 trs/min


Length 4 290 mm
Width 1 775 mm
Height 1 310 mm
Weight 1 335 kg


Drive wheels Back
Gearbox 4 or 5 speed AT (G50)


Maximum speed 260 km/h
0-100 km/h 5,4s
Total production 1642


Average price (LVA) €200 000

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