Review by 9Once Plus magazine of the Turbo 3.0 book:
Ryan Snodgrass, entusiasta del mundo del automóvil especializado end Porsche, acaba de publicar su segundo libro dedicado esta vez a los 911 Turbo 3.0 y que cuenta con un total de 536 páginas y 1.508 fotografías, la mitad de ellas nunca antes publicadas. Un libro fantástico e imprescindible para cualquier propietario, historiador o restaurador, que tiene muchísima información sacada de los archivos de Porsche. Todo ello le ha valido el [nominación para] "Motoring Book of the Year 2018". Pero si queréis un ejemplar tendréis que daros prisa porque se trata de una edición limitada de 2.500 ejemplares que tiene un precio de €399.
Rough English translation:
Ryan Snodgrass, enthusiast of the world of the specialized automobile Porsche, has just published his second book dedicated this time to the 911 Turbo 3.0 which has a total of 536 pages and 1,508 photographs, half of them never before published. A fantastic and essential book for any owner, historian or restorer, with much of information the sourced from the Porsche Archives. All this has earned him [a nomination] for "Motoring Book of the Year 2018". But if you want a copy you will have to hurry because it is a limited edition of 2,500 copies that has a price of €399.
Review of the Turbo 3.0 book in Octane magazine's October 2019 issue:
We'll come clean: this book was released last year but our review copy was mislaid during Octane's hastily carried-out office relocation form Bedfordshite to London. It's author, Ryan Snodgrass, very kindly offered to send us another one—and we're so glad he did, because this is a truly exceptional work.
A companion volume to Snodgrass' previous magnum opus, Carrera 2.7, this mammoth 536-page tribute to the Porsche 911 Turbo is printed on creamy archival paper and presented in a stout slipcase. Pay extra for the 300-off Publisher's Edition and you get an even stouter clamshell box that additionally houses convincing reproductions of Porsche ephemera such as press releases and photos, and actual 35mm colour slides, plus a 20-page supplement on how the book was put together.
Is either version worth the money? Emphatically yes, because the level of detail and the production values are stunning. To give just two examples: expert financial book-keepers were hired to check the production data for all 2819 Turbos built; and because no detailed cutaway drawing was ever made of the Turbo, noted cutaway artist Makoto Ouchi was commissioned to draw on. The print specification—which apparently involved '15-micron stochastic hybrid screens' and 'special wide-gamut inks'—will have any bibliophile salivating over their silkscreened linen slipcase.
Every possible aspect of the 1975–77 Turbo is covered in depth: development, build, mechanical, design, one-offs and special editions, racing versions... There's even a spread devoted to specific tyre inflators, jacks and plastic gloves supplied by Porsche for the Turbo's space-save tyre.
As you'll have gathered, we're impressed. It's taken a while for Turbo 3.0 to make it into these pages, but it was well worth the wait.
"Ryan Snodgrass's book on early Porsche Turbos is probably the greatest single model book that I've ever seen in my life. I have not been able to put it down since getting it. It is just full of every bit of geeky goodness about those cars. It is phenomenal."
Of course, when asked at 0:28:07 by Mark Green if manifested into a car, what kind of car would Robb Sass be, his affinity for the Turbo was clear. Sass answered he'd like to be a 1975 or 1976 Turbo Carrera, the first generation Turbo: "I think that they are kind of a little bit edgy. It was the height of the malaise era. A car I really respect as when everything else was slow and crappy, you had this car that would go 0 to 60 in about 5 seconds. Performance on par with a muscle car from ten years before at a time when people were building the Mustang II. If I could aspire to be any car...I'm not a 75-76 Turbo Carrera, but if I could that is probably what it would be as it was so shocking and so surprising and a little bit unpredictable." "Porsche never got the memo that the malaise era was going on."
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