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Porsche 993 Model Guides
The 993 generation was the last in the line of the “classic” Porsche experience for many enthusiasts. The 993 had several variants, as its predecessors, varying in body style, engines, drivetrains, and included equipment. The Carrera was available in rear- and all-wheel drive versions. The Cabriolet, introduced simultaneously alongside the coupé in April 1994 for the 1995 model year, featured a fully electrical and hand-stitched soft top. Porsche also offered the 993 Carrera as an all-wheel drive version called the Carrera 4. The Targa version of the 993 was introduced in the 1996 model year and was the debut of the so-called "greenhouse" system. The 993 Turbo coupé was introduced in 1995. It featured a new twin-turbocharged engine displacing 3.6 liters and generating a maximum power output of more than 402 hp. During the second-to-last year of production of the 993 (1997), Porsche offered the 993 Turbo S, which was manufactured by Porsche Exclusiv department. The most interesting mainstream models introduced during the 993 generation was the Carrera 4 S (1996) and the later rear-wheel drive Carrera S (1997). They both shared the Turbo model's bodyshell, but housed the naturally aspirated engine in the rear. Both of the S models had slightly lowered suspension as compared to standard Carrera models.
Porsche 993 Special Models
Just like its predecessor, the 993 spawned a couple of higher-performance versions. There was the Carrera RS and the GT2. The latter was the first of its kind, kicking off a new twin-turbo flat-six era. The first GT2 was developed as a full-fledged race car for GT2 class racing, but Porsche also created a road-going version for homologation purposes. Powered by a twin-turbo 3.6-liter flat-six rated at 424 horsepower and 432 pound-feet (586 Nm) of torque, it was Porsche's most potent vehicle back then. In 1998, the output increased to an even more impressive 444 horses. The race-spec GT2 was the most radical incarnation of the 993 with its twin-turbo flat-six delivered 450 horsepower and was tweaked for endurance racing. Porsche also created a GT2 Evo version for GT1 class racing that was good for 600 horsepower. The most interesting special model in the 993 range is the 993 Turbo Cabriolet, a limited edition run that actually had a 993 body with 964 Turbo running gear. While the Turbo Cab was rare at 14 units, the 993 Speedster was the ultimate unicorn, with only two units ever produced. The 993 Carrera RS is a lightweight, stiffer version of the naturally-aspirated 993 Carrera meant for ultimate street performance. At its heart was the 3.8-liter normally aspirated Type M64/20 engine producing 300 bhp.
Porsche 911 Type 993 Specs & Performance Summary
Porsche 911 Type 993 (1994-1998) Technical Specs
Forget the summary, here is every fourth generation Porsche 911 (Type 993) broken out by model year and variant and the technical specifications for each one. Car data nerds, let us unite.
Porsche 911 (993) Pictures, Galleries & Videos
The Porsche 911 (Type 993) was a revelation when it was first released. It was small, fun and relatively fast, a real upgrade versus the prior 964 generation 911. While finding original review videos is hard, we did uncover a few. More recently, as the Type 993 increases in value and nostalgia, we have found lots of new content and videos to share.
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