Porsche added the rear wheel drive Carrera 2 variant to the range in 1990. It was developed alongside the 964 Carrera 4, Porsche waited a year to release the Carrera 2 as a 1990 model year car. Like the Carrera 4, the Carrera 2 was available as a coupé, Targa or Cabriolet. Think of the cabriolet as a C2 coupe but with a fabric roof and more fun and you are right on the money. It was popular amongst buyers, particularly in the United States, with a total of 11,013 units sold, making it the third most popular 964 model.
Overall, the Carrera 2 packed almost the same technical specifications as the Carrera 4 model. The engine was the same 3.6 liter unit which produced 250 horsepower and a maximum speed of 162 mph while the 0 to 60 mph acceleration was made in about 5.6 seconds.
The rear-engined, rear wheel drive C2 was 220 lb lighter than its C4 sibling was more fun to drive, was sportier and was considered a true successor to the Carrera 3.2 of 1984. The Coupe was (and still is) the enthusiast sports car driver’s choice, while the Targa and Cabriolet were (and still are) popular with those who want their 911 experience with some fresh air.
From the outside the Carrera 2 looks exactly like the Carrera 4 other than the obligatory ‘2’ on engine lid versus a ‘4’ for the Carrera 4. Starting in January 1990 the Carrera 2 body styles were available with a new Tiptronic (automatic) gearbox with manual override. This 4-speed Tiptronic unit got the M64/02 engine while the 5-speed manual got the M64/01 engine.