For all its difficulties in the early 1990s, Porsche remained passionately dedicated to racing – and to devising “race-and-ride” 911s capable of sweeping up trophies at the track, then hauling them home in reasonable comfort. A trio of 993-series models carried on this grand tradition. Though the Carrera RS, Carrera RSR, and 911 GT2 all came and went in 1995, well before the last air-cooled Porsche 911s were built, they were a dramatic climax for one of the great eras in automotive history.
The RS was basically a lightweight Carrera coupe with a big-valve, non-turbo Varioram engine bored out to 3.6 liters, good for some 300 horsepower. The body crouched an inch lower in front and 1.5 inches lower in back, necessitating Turbo-like flared wheelarches. Split-rim 18-inch wheels enclosed larger disc brakes with four-piston calipers and adjustable anti-roll bars appeared at each end.
Predictably, engineers removed weighty power accessories and most sound insulation. They also specified thinner glass, replaced the steel hood with an aluminum replica, ditched the back seat, and fitted lightweight racing-style front buckets. Thus stripped for action, the RS weighed just under 2,800 pounds, about 220 less than a stock six-speed-manual Carrera coupe.
Air conditioning and twin airbags were also deleted, though available as options.
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