The Top 10 Scariest-Handling Cars of All Time
Porsche 911 Turbo (930)
It may be a well-behaved sports car in its current 991 form, but in the early days, the Porsche 911 was quite treacherous when pushed hard, particularly if you were to abruptly lift off the gas on corner entry. But compared to the initial 911 Turbo (codenamed 930), the original 911s are AWD slot cars with magnets on the bottom. Installing a turbocharger on a larger 3.0L air-cooled flat-six yielded 256 horsepower in European trim, or about 100 ponies more than the regular 911’s non-turbo 2.7L unit.
It all worked reasonably well in a straight line, but Ferdinand help you if you encountered a turn: Not only did the Porsche 930 still have the lift-throttle snap oversteer of its more pedestrian sisters, but also massive oversteer on exit. You see, there was so much turbo lag that the throttle basically functioned as an on-off switch…an on-off switch with a delay of a couple seconds. The turbo lag (coupled with abnormally tall gearing due to the fact Porsche chose to equip the car with a 4-speed rather than a 5-speed manual transmission for reliability reasons) meant it was super slow if you waited until corner apex to get back on the gas. Consequently, many 930 buyers tried hitting the go pedal early, figuring that by the time the turbo spooled up and unleashed its full fury, they’d already have the steering wheel straightened out again. Sometimes, this technique worked. But usually, it ended with a “Whale Tail”-first trip into the trees.