The Porsche 911/Type 993 was sold between January 1994 and early 1998 (with U.S. based models going on sale from 1995-1998.) The Porsche 911 (Type 993) was developed by Porsche as the replacement to the Porsche 964 model (which had been introduced in 1990 as a successor to the earlier 911 platform.) Considered by many Porsche enthusiasts as the “ultimate 911”, the type 993 represented a unique blend of power and simple elegance. The car had a more streamlined look and was “lower slung” than earlier versions of the 911. The air-cooled engine was mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission – making the 993 the first-generation of 911 to feature a six-speed transmission (all earlier variants had either 4- or 5-speed gearboxes.) The 993 also received a redesigned suspension system specifically developed to produce improved handling characteristics during inclement weather while retaining the stability and this transformed the 911 driving experience. A Turbo-version of the Type 993 Porsche 911 was also introduced in 1995 and featured a bi-turbo engine that was at the top of the performance pack for the time. The discontinuation of the Porsche 993 in 1998 officially marked the end of the air-cooled Porsches.