When Porsche revealed that the original 911 would be replaced by the new Type 964 in 1990, it was announced that a special, limited-edition ‘LE’ batch of 50 Turbos would be built. At the end of production in 1989, Porsche decided to mark the occasion with this very special Limited Edition 930 – a car Porsche called the ultimate Turbo. At the time, the 911 Turbo was not expected to play a part in the new 964 generation, so it really felt like the LE edition was the apparent end for Porsche’s forced-induction 911.
A small number of the last assembly batch of standard 3.3-litre, five-speed G50 gearbox cars were taken off the line and sent to the ‘Exclusive’ team at Zuffenhausen to be finished by hand. The LE Turbos incorporated as standard features that previously had been available only as factory optional extras. These included rear wheel air intakes, side skirts and a front spoiler, creating a look reminiscent of the Type 935 Le Mans sports racers. A Getrag five-speed gearbox was already standard on the Turbo, to which the LE version added a limited slip differential.
The 930 LE was truly limited edition, with only 50 units made. The 911 Turbo Limited Edition comes equipped with the 330 bhp power unit normally only available in the 911 Turbo with Sport Equipment, an extra 30 bhp over the regular model, making it the most powerful variant built to date.
Other options, included colour-coded wheel centers and a top-tinted windscreen. What’s more, any colour from the standard range could be used for the body, with colour-to-sample available at an extra cost. Inside, the choice was similarly expansive, with any combination of standard leather colors possible for the electrically adjustable seats. The use of leather extended to the handbrake gaiter, while the steering wheel was a three-spoke design, similar to the original 1974 Turbo’s. Sitting at its centre was a gold Porsche crest, complemented by a similar emblem on top of the gear knob.
There was also a Sport Equipment version that gave you rear wheel air intakes which looks cool. The “Exclusive” front spoiler (with integral oil cooler) had not been available previously on a production car. Think of this as essentially an SE without a slantnose front, the LE had the same engine, front spoiler, sill extensions and side air intakes. The fully specced interior and ‘Limited Edition’ status meant the LE was initially thought by many to be the last ever 911 Turbo. Of course, that wasn’t the case. A 930 LE was made for every OPC of the time.
Any colour from the standard range could be used for the body, with paint-to-sample available at an extra cost. The final touch was a gold plaque on the centre console highlighting the LE’s place at the end of the Turbo’s 15-year tenure as one of the most fearsome sports cars ever produced.