Porsche 911 964 (1988-1994)

Premiere: Mondial de l'Automobile Paris Motor Show, September 28, 1988

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MY1989/K MY1990/L MY1991/M MY1992/N MY1993/P MY1994/R
Normally aspirated street cars Carrera 2 Coupé 3.6 184 kW
Carrera RS 3.6 Lightweight 191 kW Carrera RS 3.8 221 kW
Carrera RS 3.6 M002 Touring 191 kW
Carrera RS 3.6 M003 Competition 191 kW Carrera RS 3.8 M003 CS 221 kW
Carrera Cup USA Edition 3.6 191 kW RS America 3.6 184 kW built from 1/1992
Carrera 4 Coupé 3.6 184 kW
Carrera 4 Coupé Turbo-look 3.6 184 kW
Carrera 2 Targa 3.6 184 kW
Carrera 4 Targa 3.6 184 kW
Carrera 2 Cabriolet 3.6 184 kW
Speedster 3.6 184 kW
Carrera 2 Cabriolet Turbo-look 3.6 184 kW Speedster Turbo-look 3.6 184 kW
America Roadster 3.6 184 kW (incl. America GS 3.8 by Porsche Exclusive)
Carrera 4 Cabriolet 3.6 184 kW
Turbocharged street cars Turbo 3.3 235 kW Turbo 3.6 265 kW
Turbo 3.3 X33 WLS 261 kW Turbo 3.6 X88 WLS 283 kW
Turbo S2 3.3 240 kW
S2 conversion in MY93
Turbo S 3.3 280 kW Turbo 3.6 Package 283 kW
Turbo 3.6 Flachbau X83 283 kW
Turbo 3.6 Flachbau X84/X85 283 kW
Turbo 3.3 Cabriolet 235 kW
Racing cars Carrera Cup 3.6 195 kW Carrera Cup 3.6 M001 202 kW
Carrera 4 Lightweight 3.6 195 kW Carrera RSR 3.8 257 kW
Turbo S LM 3.2 349 kW
Turbo 3.3 IMSA Turbo S2 3.3 IMSA Turbo 3.6 IMSA
MY1989/K MY1990/L MY1991/M MY1992/N MY1993/P MY1994/R
Tiptronic for Carrera 2
New type engine for Carrera from 12/1990 or 01/1991
Aero-mirrors and 17" wheels for Carrera, new rear brakes for C2
K-Jetronic
L-Jetronic

After the MY1984 911 Carrera 3.2 had entered the markets, the plans for the next generation 911 were set. In March-April 1984 the future 911 Carrera was internally designated as project 964 and the successor to the 911 Turbo as project 965. Although the 964 doesn't look so different to the previous G-model 911, it is mostly a new car. Visually new are the bumpers, side sills, rear lamp panel and rear spoiler - the design work of Benjamin Dimson. He was the lead exterior designer of the 944 Turbo, 928 S4, 959, 911 Speedster and 911 964. Porsche unveiled the 964 photos in July 1988, presented the car in autumn in Paris and first journalists got to test it in November. While the 964 was ready and very well received, Porsche AG had really hard time with the 965 project.

964 designer Benjamin Dimson here working for Mercedes-Benz (2008 photo) © Mercedes-Benz

The first modification of the 964 introduced was the 4-wheel-drive Carrera 4. In normal driving conditions it had 31% of the drive force on the front axle and 69% on the rear axle. For slippery surface the axles can be locked (50% front/50% rear).

4WD of 964 Carrera 4. Compared to the 4WD 959, the 964 Carrera 4 was 4 times cheaper. © Porsche
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For the photo the airbags were deployed without front-end crash© Porsche
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911 964 Carrera 4 in 1988. The automatic rear spoiler erects at 80 kmh/50 mph and goes back in when the speed drops below 10 kmh/6 mph. © Porsche
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Interior photo showing the 'heavy' airbag steering wheel that was initially optional and then became standard (first for the US-cars and then for the rest) © Porsche

The 3.6-litre dual ignition engine was new. It got 184 kW, the same amount the 944 Turbo had. The 964 C4 costed 37% more than the Carrera 3.2, but was still considered a bargain compared to the ancient G-model 911. Compared to the outgoing 170 kW-version Carrera 3.2, it had 14 kW more, but was soon to be found not so durable as the 3.2-litre. With the new 964 Porsche tested building engines without gaskets between cylinders and heads. The aluminium on aluminium contact proved to be a bad idea as it wasn't strong enough to withstand the combustion pressure and the cylinders started to leak. Not much, but still. Unfortunately, there was no easy fix to this problem as it was not possible to install gaskets on these early engines.

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911 Carrera 4: Start in eine neue Porsche-Generation ("Start in the new Porsche generation") © Porsche
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For 964 the torsion bar suspension was replaced by more conventional springs. The 964 got power steering and ABS brakes as standard. The heating system was new and as in the G-model it was so out of date, that little change only could be the reason to prefer 964 over the pullet-proof G-model Carrera 3.2.

For some period the rear-wheel-drive G-models with their bodies made in the old body plant and the 4WD 964s with their bodies made in the new body plant, were produced in parallel and the RWD 964 Carrera 2 was introduced a bit later as a 1990 model. Thanks to saved weight (-100 kg/220 lb) and rear-wheel-drive the Carrera 2 was more fun to drive, more Porsche. The Carrera 4 was more a product of the marketing department as "4WD" was the magic combination in the end of the eighties and nobody really cared that the rear engined car with no weight on the front axle, cannot benefit from the drive force there. The 911s had always had the traction comparable to 4WD cars thanks to the engine putting more force on the rear axle the harder the driver accelerated. The second minus later found with the Carrera 4 was its braking system that didn't last. The 1989 model Carrera 4 had a few differencies compared to the later cars: the wheels were 16" ClubSports (known from 928 S4 ClubSport), catalyst was not standard (optional), there was no switch for the electric rear spoiler, only automatic functioning, rear seat belts were manual, not yet automatic.

The only visual difference between the Carrera 4 and Carrera 2 is the "4" or "2" on the rear lid © Porsche

In 1989, for 1990 model year the Cabriolet and Targa body variants were also introduced in addition to rear-wheel-drive. For the RWD cars the Tiptronic gearbox was introduced, too. So, now you could choose between 9 combinations of body, drivetrain and gearbox: C2 Coupé/Targa/Cabriolet with 5-speed manual or 4-speed Tiptronic and C4 Coupé/Targa/Cabriolet with manual.

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Cabriolet, Targa, Coupé - what a nice set, what a nice photo © Porsche
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The MY1990-1991 964 Carrera 16" wheels were called 'Design 90'. The 1989 model year Carrera 4's had 16" ClubSport wheels. Design 90's are very similar to ClubSport wheels (that were created for the MY1988 928 S4 ClubSport), but ClubSports were forged and not casted like the Design 90s. © Porsche
Tiptronic, an automatic gearbox with manual gearchange control. The first Tiptronic gearbox was introduced for the 1990 964 Carrera 2 and it had 4 speeds. Tiptronic was important for Porsche's marketing department in coaxing customers from Mercedes and other luxury car brands. Tiptronic is patented by Porsche. Audi has used Porsche's patent on its models from early on. © Porsche
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Tiptronic lever gate shows it has 4 speeds. If you wouldn't want a manual 4-speed, why would you want to have an automatic 4-speed? © Porsche
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Carrera 2 Tiptronic and Carrera 4 manual © Porsche
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The removable Targa roof can be folded and stored in the front trunk © Porsche
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This Cabriolet has a fully electrical soft top © Porsche

Porsche had ran a one make championship with 944 Turbos from 1986 to 1989 and switched to 964s from 1990 season. This initiated the birth of the Carrera Cup series and 911 Carrera Cup cars. These lightweight cars based on Carrera 2 had to sacrifice even the power steering that was just introduced to 964 street models. Power was up by 11 kW (195 kW).

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Porsche's Weissach Development Center production manager and Carrera Cup manager, former racing driver Herbert Linge with 964 Carrera Cup prototype in late 1989. Most Porsche prototypes use the "BB" number plates issued by the district of Böblingen where Weissach is situated. © Porsche
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1989 964 Carrera Cup prototype © Porsche

The only visual difference between the 964 Cup prototype shown in 1989 and the actual racing car of the 1990 were the wheels. The 1990 racing car got 5-spoke 17" wheels, later referred to as Cup 1 wheels. For the Carrera Cup car they were made of magnesium, which is 1/3 lighter than aluminium.

1990 964 Carrera Cup car © Porsche
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What a pleasant place to be © Porsche

In 1990 the Carrera Cup was ran only in Germany (France still continuing 944 Turbo Cup for 1990) and the first season was won by Olaf Manthey, a Porsche-person who doesn't need introduction.

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1990 Carrera Cup Germany - Olaf Manthey running away from the crash scene in his green 964 #33 © Porsche
1990 April 1 Zolder, Porsche Carrera Cup

From September 1990 one strange model was available for wealthy customers of Porsche Motorsport. Called the 964 C4 Lightweight (or Leichtbau in German), the car was hand built in Weissach under the direction of the customer sports department leader and Le Mans winner Jürgen Barth. As the car used many exotic components, it came out very expensive (more than two times the price of the Carrera Cup car), so it wasn't interesting for the racers anymore. As it was built as a race car, it couldn't be registered for street traffic - instead of the 17-digit VIN, the 964 C4 Lightweights have 6-digit chassis numbers (964001 etc.). There were no customers for C4 Lightweight and only 20-22 were made in total, for collectors.

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964 Carrera 4 Lightweight © Porsche

Weight was saved eveywhere. To mention a few spots, the fixed rear wing was made of Kevlar, the doors and trunk cover of aluminium and windows of Plexiglass. Power steering was deleted. At around 1100 kg /2425 lb the car was 350 kg / 771 lb lighter than the street legal Carrera 4. Unbelievable and respectable achievement.

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Note the two exhaust pipes (other normally aspirated 3.6 cars had one pipe) © Porsche

If the 964 C4 L would have had offroad suspension, it would have been a successor to the Porsche 953 (911 Carrera 3.2 4x4 Paris-Dakar rally car) as it has the 953 4WD and short-ratio gearbox that was geared for 210 kmh/130 mph in fifth gear. But as the lowered suspension was taken from the Carrera Cup car it could only be used on the race track. Why would you want to have 4WD on tarmac in a rear-engined car? And there's not enough speed for the fast tracks with 953 gearing and you wouldn't feel confident racing a car with lightweight aluminium rollbar anyway. So, it is a collectable, not a car for racing. The cars were built over two year period (averagely not even a car per month) and each one was unique in details.

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Oil filler flap on the right rear wing reminding the MY1972 cars © Porsche
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The twin-plug engine (standard feature in any 964 Carrera) is the fine tuned 195 kW version of the Carrera Cup car © Porsche

Porsche had started to develop the successor to the 911 G-model Turbo already in 1984 under the code name of 965, but the project was not meant to be an easy one. The plan was to stop 911 Turbo after G-model and to make a completely new high-end model with 4WD, almost as extreme as 959, but cheaper.

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Check out the wheels on this mock-up. The same design wheels were used on the Porsche 944 prototype many many years earlier.© Porsche
Note the mirror panels behind the half model of the 965 to make the illusion of a complete car. The front design of this 965 model was many years later used for the 911 993.© Porsche
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As the project had followed the design lines of the 959, in May 1988 it was decided that the 965 will enter the markets in 1990 as a Porsche 969. Unfortunately, in December 1988, it was clear that the 969 would be too expensive and they were also unable to decide what engine should it have. A watercooled flat-6 3.4-litre bi-turbo with EFI and 350 PS (257 kW) was on the table and even the V6 and V8 were considered. The PDK (Porsche DoppelKupplung) double-clutch gearbox was considered as an option.

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The only surviving 965 prototype (L7) in the storage of Porsche Museum. The other 15 prototypes were scrapped when the project was cancelled. © Porsche
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Quite similar to the 959 without sharing any lines © Porsche
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This 3.6V8 184 kW engine is from Ferdinand Piėch's new limousine, the 1988 Audi V8 © Porsche
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Another V8 in the back of the 965 - this prototype doesn't exist anymore © Porsche

The engineers ran out of time while Porsche already needed to make money with the replacement of the G-model Turbo. Although a long way was travelled, everything was shed aside and the new top of the line model was made based on the 964.

Porsche introduced the 964 Turbo at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1990. Unfortunately, they had kept the old K-Jetronic 3.3-litre engine of the 911 Turbo G-model. Like the prototype, the production model was also internally called the 965. You cannot read it from the VIN, like with many other Porsches, but the spare part codes start with 965. Despite the production 965 wasn't anything the engineers planned years before, its design later earned the status of the Porschest Porsche. The car had new aerodynamic mirrors, that would also become trademark items.

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911 964 Turbo 3.3 - fantastic lines by Benjamin Dimson unfortunately mated to the old engine without electronic fuel injection. © Porsche

The 17" wheels on the Turbo got their design from the 964 Carrera Cup car, but they were made of aluminium instead of magnesium. Magnesium is not a durable material for wheels in long term as it corrodes with air and especially with water, so when the wheel is scratched it has to be repainted immediately. Magnesium wheel manufacturers sometimes only rent the wheels to racing teams for them to be returned and melted after the season.

High suspension US-model - it's not that the roads are bad in USA, but as the American national sport is to sue everybody for everything, it is safer to sell the Porsches with off-road-style ground clearance. © Corel Photos
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The left one is the wastegate pipe and the right one is the exhaust pipe. The tea-tray rear spoiler is carried over from the predecessor. © Porsche
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964 Turbo 3.3 © Porsche

The production of the 235 kW 964 Turbo started in late 1990. At the time of the change of the year (12/1990-1/1991) the 964 Carreras finally got new engines with gaskets between the cylinders and heads eliminating the leakage problem seen in the earlier cars. The good engines start with the engine number 62M06837 for manual and with 62M52758 for Tiptronic cars.

The 964 Turbo arrives in USA a bit later, but is immediately entered into 1991 IMSA Bridgestone Supercar Championship from its second round on June 30 at Watkins Glen. Hurley Haywood wins the first event entered and by the end of the season also the championship for Brumos Porsche racing team. In Europe the 964 Turbo 3.3 is also available with 261 kW (+26 kW) X33 WLS powerkit (WLS stands for Werks Leistungssteigerung = factory power increase).

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964 Turbo built for IMSA Bridgestone Potenza Supercar Championship. Here the car is red, but the races it entered in Brumos' traditional white with red and blue stripes. © Porsche
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964 Turbo IMSA © Porsche

For model year 1992 the company had huge news for its customers. In the best handling car category the 944 was replaced by the 968 and in the GT category the 928 S4 and GT were replaced by the 928 GTS. In the 911 model range new modifications were introduced. The C2 Cabriolet was now available with Turbo's wide body. The car was called 911 Carrera 2 Cabriolet Turbo-look or C2 WTL Cabrio in short (WTL = Werks Turbo-Look, factory turbo-look). As from 1992 USA required to have 3-point seatbelts also for the rear occupants and Porsche couldn't install 3-point belts in the back of its 964 and 968 cabriolets, the cars for USA were made without rear seats and there was a luggage compartment instead. As the sales to Canada were managed by Porsche North America, the Canadian cars had US VIN codes, but interiors of the Europen models - with rear seats and of course with kilometer speedometers.

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964 Carrera 2 Cabriolet Turbo-look © Porsche

In the USA, the open 911 with Turbo body was sold as the 911 America Roadster. Although any open car with only two seats is called a roadster, and not a cabriolet, PCNA kept selling the 2-seater narrow body versions as 911 Carrera 2 Cabriolets. The widebody cars PCNA sold to Canada were called as their European versions: 911 Carrera 2 Turbo-look Cabriolet. The brakes and 17" wheels were from the Turbo, but the Turbo-look cars didn't get the rear wing of the Turbo. One of the America Roadsters with Tiptronic gearbox was so extensively modified by the Porsche Sonderwunsch (Porsche Exclusive) department that it received a special designation: America GS.

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'America Roadster' was a name given by Porsche Cars North America. The cars left the factory without the insignia on the rear lid. "Roadster" signs seen on the cars were not installed at the factory. © Porsche

The aero mirrors introduced a year before on the 911 Turbo, were now standard on all Porsche models including 968, 911 and 928. The 17" Cup-style wheels were standard on widebody 964s, 928 GTS and optionally available for 968s and narrowbody 964s. Carrera 2 finally got decent brakes at the rear (now same as 964 C4, originating from 944 Turbo). The airbags that were standard for the US-models, are now standard in European models aswell (they were optional up to MY1991 European 964s). Porsche was the first car maker in the world that had both front airbags available for all its model lines.

The street version of the 964 Carrera Cup race car, the Carrera RS was in the plans from early on and the Carrera RS prototype was shown on September 17, 1990, at the Birmingham Motor Show. The production-ready version was shown at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1991 and the production started in September 1991 as 1992 model. It was available in three forms: Lightweight, M002 Touring and M003 Competition. When the early Cup cars were based on the Carrera 2, starting from MY1992, the Cup cars were based on Carrera RS. The MY1992 Cup cars based on the Carrera RS have 7 kW more power. Option code 001 (M001) was allocated for Cup cars based on RS cars. Compared to the Carrera 2, the shell of the Carrera RS was strengthened with additional hand-crafted seam welding, there were no rear seats, aluminium front lid was fitted along with thinner side and rear window glass, lightweight rear bumper and magnesium Cup wheels in the sizes of 7.5/9.0-17" which saved 10.6 kg/22 lb. For comparison the Turbo had 7.0/9.0" and Carrera had 7.0/8.0" Cup-style aluminium wheels. So the rear wheels were as wide as in the widebody Turbo and the front wheels even wider, despite the Carrera RS having the narrow bodywork. The 964 Carrera Cup, Turbo and RS all have big brakes. Confirmed by the Porsche racing drivers, the steering was heavy as there was no power steering in LHD cars (RHD cars did have the power steering).

911 964 Carrera RS. The only visual difference to the Carrera 2 is the 'RS' sign on the rear lid, the 40 mm / 1.6" lowered suspension and the central part of the rear bumper with slightly different design © Porsche

In addition to the basic lightweight model the Carrera RS was available with option M002 Touring package. With this came dual mass flywheel, standard wiring, sports seats instead of buckets, regular doorpanels, rear window heating, electric windows, alarm, central locking, interior lights, electric mirrors, full trunk carpeting, sound deadening, undercoating, large windshield washer bottle etc. making it 100 kg / 220 lb heavier (almost as heavy as the Carrera 2). In addition for the Touring model the AC, seat heating, radio, headlamp wash and sunroof were optionally available. The Touring version was a poser's car - 'RS' on the rear lid, but basically a Carrera 2 with harsh suspension. With the Touring package you installed back most things that were eliminated from the Carrera 2 to make a Carrera RS. While with the M002 option you destroyed the nature of the Carrera RS, with the M003 Competition option you could take it even closer to the M001 Carrera Cup car. The M003 Competition version was somehow street legal. In comparison to the Lightweight version, the M003 had no engine compartment insulation, no trunk carpeting, no interior carpets, no headliner, sunvisor on driver's side only and a rollcage installed (it was optional for basic lightweight version, but standard for M003).

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964 Carrera RS Lightweight (basic model) © Porsche
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964 Carrera RS M003 Competition © Porsche
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Late 1991: as can be seen, on this photo the MY1992 M001 Cup car has the 17" wheels, although by the season started in 1992 they were replaced by the 18" 3-piece Speedline wheels. © Porsche
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The same car in 1992 with the 18" 3-piece wheels. © Porsche
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1992 M001 Cup car with the production car mirrors. Most of the teams ran their cars with smaller older mirrors. © Porsche

For the 1992 season there was an idea to introduce the Carrera Cup also in the USA. As the US customs considered Carrera Cup cars as street cars, they had to meet Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) laws. Not to speak of the Carrera Cup cars, it was even not possible to import the European spec Carrera RS cars, so the Carrera RS cars for USA were fitted with airbags, electric windows, alarm system, American lighting, American bumpers, aluminum wheels, and standard seats. This all just for the import procedure, for them to be converted to racing cars at Andial after they were declared in to the USA. The Carrera Cup USA racing series was to function as a support race for the CART racing series. 45 cars were imported and after 25 of them were converted to racing cars, it was clear that the series is too expensive for the teams and as not enough sponsors were found, the series was cancelled before it began. The 25 cars were converted back to street trim and all of the 45 cars were silently sold through the Porsche dealer network. These cars were approximately 90 kg/200 lb lighter than normal Carrera 2 US-versions.

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911 Carrera Cup USA Edition cars after conversion by Andial © Porsche

Porsche Cars North America being desperate about the sales, showed a new 911 modification in January 1992. It was called the 911 RS America and as a marketing trick it was immediately sold as a 1993 model (altough Porsche's model year starts in August). Its visual distinction was the whale tail rear spoiler, the 'RS' decals on the sides just in front of the rear wheels, and the 17" wheels were fitted as standard on this model. It had a sports suspension, but with US-model standard ride height. To reduce weight, the power steering was deleted, mirrors were manual, flat door panels were fitted from the European RS, radio and AC optional (otherwise standard in US Carrera), cruise control, seat heating and headlamp washer not available at all (were optional for Carrera). For some reason the rear seats were replaced by the luggage shelf for MY1993 (cannot see weight reduction here), but they were back for the 1994 model. The front seats were cloth covered sports seats. The RS America was listed by PCNA as weighing 2954 pounds (1340 kg), 77 pounds (35 kg) lighter than the weight listed for the stock US Carrera 2 (which was heavier than the European C2). The RS America had standard C2 brakes, engine and gearbox.

911 RS America - the Carrera 2 without the power steering © Porsche

Comparison: C2, RS, Cup

Carrera 2 USA Carrera 2 Euro RS America RS Touring Carrera Cup USA RS Lightweight RS Competition Carrera Cup
Street legal yes yes yes yes yes yes yes no
Mechanicals/electric Carrera 2 USA Carrera 2 Euro RS America RS Touring Carrera Cup USA RS Lightweight RS Competition Carrera Cup
Power steering yes yes no LHD optional, RHD yes no LHD no, RHD yes no no
Ride height +10mm standard +10mm -40 mm -40 mm -40 mm -40 mm -40 mm
Front/rear stabilizer bars 20/20 mm 20/20 mm M030 22/20 mm 24/18 mm, adjustable 24/18 mm, adjustable 24/18 mm, adjustable 24/18 mm, adjustable 24/18 mm, adjustable
Shock absorbers Boge (steel) Boge (steel) M030/964 Turbo Boge (steel) Bilstein (aluminium) Bilstein (aluminium) Bilstein (aluminium) Bilstein (aluminium) Bilstein (aluminium)
Rear spring rate standard standard M030/964 Turbo racing racing racing racing racing
Front spring rate standard standard standard racing racing racing racing racing
Spring upper strut mounts rubber rubber rubber ball joint ball joint ball joint ball joint ball joint
Front lower control arm bushing standard rubber standard rubber standard rubber hard rubber hard rubber hard rubber hard rubber hard rubber
Rear trailing arm control mount standard standard standard modified modified modified modified modified
Strutbar no no no no yes no no yes
Engine M64/01 184kW 310Nm M64/01 184kW 310Nm M64/01 184kW 310Nm M64/03 191kW 325Nm M64/03 191kW 325Nm M64/03 191kW 325Nm M64/03 191kW 325Nm M64/03 191kW 325Nm
Engine mounts hydraulic hydraulic hydraulic solid rubber solid rubber solid rubber solid rubber magnesium
Flywheel dual mass dual mass dual mass dual mass lightweight -7kg lightweight -7kg lightweight -7kg lightweight -7kg
Gearbox G50/05 G50/05 G50/05 G50/10 G50/10 G50/10 G50/10 G50/10
Syncros standard standard standard steel steel steel steel steel
LSD optional 40% fixed lock optional 40% fixed lock optional 40% fixed lock 964 Turbo 20/100% variable lock 964 Turbo 20/100% variable lock 964 Turbo 20/100% variable lock 964 Turbo 20/100% variable lock 964 Turbo 20/100% variable lock
Transmission mounts standard standard standard hard rubber standard hard rubber hard rubber hard rubber
Brakes 298/299mm 298/299mm 298/299mm 322/299mm (like Turbo) 322/299mm (like Turbo) 322/299mm (like Turbo) 322/299mm (like Turbo) 322/299mm (like Turbo)
Wheels 7+8x17 aluminium (optional) 7+8x17 aluminium (optional) 7+8x17 aluminium 7.5+9x17 magnesium 7+8x17 aluminium* 7.5+9x17 magnesium 7.5+9x17 magnesium 7.5+9x17 magnesium, Supercup: 8+9.5x18" 3-piece
Battery 75 Ah 75 Ah 75 Ah 36 Ah 36 Ah 36 Ah 36 Ah 36 Ah
Master el.switch no no no no yes yes yes yes
Wiring standard standard standard standard standard simplified simplified simplified
Interior Carrera 2 USA Carrera 2 Euro RS America RS Touring Carrera Cup USA RS Lightweight RS Competition Carrera Cup
AC standard optional optional optional no no no no
Cruise control optional optional no no no no no no
Seat heating optional optional no optional no no no no
Seats basic, optional sport basic, optional sport sport sport basic* buckets, optional sport 2 buckets 1 bucket
Radio/speakers standard standard optional optional no no no no
Door panels standard standard basic with speakers standard basic basic basic basic
Carpet standard standard lightweight lightweight lightweight lightweight no no
Short shifter/gear lever no/standard no/standard no/standard yes/28mm taller yes/28mm taller yes/28mm taller yes/28mm taller yes/28mm taller
Airbags yes yes yes no yes* no no no
Rear seat area seats seats MY93 luggage tray/MY94 seats no seats luggage tray* no seats no seats no seats
Rear window heating yes yes yes yes no no no no
Windows electric electric electric electric electric manual manual manual
Alarm incl. central lock yes yes yes yes yes* no no no
Interior lights yes yes yes yes yes no no no
Headliner, pillar covering standard standard standard standard standard* standard no no
Sunvisors standard standard standard standard standard* standard driver side only no
Trunk carpeting standard standard standard standard spare tyre cover only spare tyre cover only no no
Body Carrera 2 USA Carrera 2 Euro RS America RS Touring Carrera Cup USA RS Lightweight RS Competition Carrera Cup
Headlamp wash optional optional no optional no no no no
Sunroof optional optional optional optional no no no no
Front bumper alloy beam yes yes yes yes yes* yes yes no
Bumper shocks standard optional standard optional standard* no no no
Third braking light yes no yes no yes* no no no
Mirror electric electric manual electric manual manual manual manual
Fender edges rolled no no early cars only yes yes yes yes yes
Rear spoiler retractable retractable whaletail retractable retractable retractable retractable retractable
Int.sound dampening yes yes reduced yes no no no no
Front hood steel steel steel aluminium aluminium aluminium aluminium aluminium
Side glass 4.7mm 4.7mm 4.7mm 3.0mm 3.0mm 3.0mm 3.0mm 3.0mm
Rear glass 4.7mm 4.7mm 4.7mm 3.0mm 4.7mm 3.0mm 3.0mm 3.0mm
Seamwelds no no no yes yes yes yes yes
Rear bumper style standard standard standard lightweight standard* lightweight lightweight lightweight
Door beams yes yes yes no yes* no no no
Fog lamps yes yes yes no yes no no no
Undercoating/warranty yes/10years yes/10years yes/10years yes/10years no/3years no/3years no/3years no/3years
Hood pins no no no no yes no no yes
Engine belly pan yes yes yes yes no yes yes no
Engine compartment insulation standard standard standard standard standard standard no no
Windshield bottle 7.4 L 7.4 L 7.4 L 7.4 L 7.4 L 1.0 L 1.0 L 1.0 L
Rollcage no no no no no* optional yes yes
Fuel tank 77 L 77 L 77 L 77 L, optional 92 L 77 L 77 L, optional 92 L 77 L, optional 92 L 77 L
Weight 1370 kg/3031 lb 1350 kg/2976 lb 1340 kg/2954 lb 1320 kg/2910 lb 1286 kg /2835 lb ** 1220 kg/2690 lb   1120 kg/2469 lb

* shows how the Carrera Cup USA left the factory, not the Andial conversion
** real weight measured by Bob Cagnon

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In June 1992 in Weissach started the limited hand-made production of the 1993 model year 964 Carrera RS 3.8. Compared to the Carrera RS 3.6, the power was up by 30 kW (221 kW). In addition to the aluminium front lid, the doors are also of aluminium on the 3.8-litre RS. Like the Carrera RS 3.6, the 3.8 didn't have power steering. The car was lean enough for the 3.8 engine to propel it from 0 to 100 kmh / 62 mph in 4.9 seconds and to the top speed of 270 kmh / 168 mph. The weight with fuel is 1210 kg/2668 lb and that is 140 kg/309 lb down from the European C2. Dry weight is only 1140 kg/2513 lb. The front brakes of the Carrera RS 3.8 are bigger than those in the RS 3.6 and the rear ones are the same, just that the calipers are now painted red. The RS 3.8 was optionally available with radio and driver or both front airbags or with the M003 Clubsport safety package (roll cage, fire extinguisher and 6-point harness).

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911 964 Carrera RS 3.8 with ultra wide 3-piece Speedline wheels 9+11x18" and massive tyres unseen before - 235/40-18 and 285/35-18 supplied only by Dunlop and Pirelli © Porsche
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Front air intakes direct air to an additional oil cooler © Porsche
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Porsche 911 964 Carrera RS 3.8, Walter Röhrl, 1993
Walter Röhrl © Porsche
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As can be seen this prototype has black brake calipers in the rear (on 299 mm discs) and red calipers at front (on 322 mm discs) © Porsche
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A large rear wing, integrated into the newly-shaped plastic engine lid, has 6 adjustment positions © Porsche
The small label on the side of the rear wing reads 'RS 3.8' © Porsche

The reason for the Carrera RS 3.8 was to homologate the Carrera RSR 3.8. It was created for the next season (1993) 24 hour races and ADAC GT Cup. According to ADAC GT Cup Division 1 rules of 4 kg/PS formula, Porsche had to rise the weight from 1120 to 1300 kg and detune the engine from 350 PS/257 kW to 325 PS/239 kW.

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911 964 Carrera RSR 3.8 © Porsche
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RSR 3.8 © Porsche

The total production of the RS 3.8 was 55 cars and RSR 3.8 51 cars.

In 1992, one of the best Porsches ever, the 3.3 litre Turbo S was introduced as 1993 model. It was a mix of 964 Carrera RS and 964 Turbo - a very light car with Turbo's wide body and modified engine to produce 280 kW. It was one of the fastest cars on the road. Like the Carrera RS, it didn't have comforts and steering was without servo. Lightweightness was the recipe for the first and the ultimate 911 Turbo S, but that was soon forgotten. The following Turbo S models all were the heaviest 911s in production. The first and original 911 Turbo S 3.3 created in 1992 was a car to dream of.

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964 Turbo S 3.3 prototype. The VIN of this car is WP0ZZZ96ZNS470612 which means it is a 1992 model. The production cars were made as 1993 models. The front bumper air inlets seen here instead of the fog lamps were later massively used by the Carrera RS 3.6 owners, although they didn't have them from factory. © Porsche
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964 Turbo S 3.3 is the first Porsche with red brake calipers as it was introduced a bit earlier than the RS 3.8 © Porsche
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Prototype interior showing the H-steering wheel. Production model had the 3-spoke steering wheel or in the case the original buyer didn't understand the idea of performance and lightweightness, he could order it with airbags, too. © Porsche
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Before the Turbo S had been constructed, the IMSA SuperCar Championship was won by 964 Turbo in 1991 © Porsche
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As can be seen, the prototype had "turbo" written on the rear, not 'turbo S'. The rear wing is a whaletail modified to house the intercooler under it. © Porsche

In the middle of the 1992 IMSA Supercar Championship the racing 964 Turbos were equipped with powerkit and the cars were called 911 Turbo S2. The first Turbo S2 entered a race on July 17, 1992 at Laguna Seca in the hands of Hans-Joachim Stuck. Hurley Haywood was running the original car in this race and after a week they both already had Turbo S2's at the Portland race.

While in 1991 the driver and manufacturer titles were won, in 1992 only the manufacturers title was won. © Porsche

Due to different reasons, the 261 kW powerkit for the Turbo 3.3 nor the 280 kW Turbo S 3.3 weren't available for US customers. What PCNA did was to order Andial in the end of 1992 to convert the engines of the twenty 3.3 Turbos. Not to catch the attention of EPA and DOT, the TS2 powerkit had 240 kW (+5 kW) on the paper. The powerkit installed wasn't the one that converted European cars to 261 kW, but more likely the modifications seen on European Turbo S 3.3 with 280 kW. PCNA marketed the modifed cars as Turbo S2 (like the IMSA cars used from the middle of 1992). This was not an official name from Porsche as wasn't the name of the powerkit - TS2. As the larger turbocharger had much longer lag, the car was a bit slower in acceleration up to speeds of 100 mph. The top speed was naturally higher compared to the regular 235 kW Turbo 3.3. While the European Turbo S 3.3 was a lightweight car, the Turbo S2 had the usual US equipment meaning the European 'S' was hundreds of kilos or pounds lighter.

Porsche released the 964 Turbo 3.6 in the beginning of 1993. It featured a turbocharged version of the 3.6-litre 964 Carrera M64 engine, but still fitted with ancient K-Jetronic fuel injection. The normally aspirated 911s had electronic fuel injection from 1983, when the Carrera 3.2 appeared and 944 Turbo had electronic fuel injection since its launch in 1985. The 3.3-litre G-model 911 Turbo didn't get the electronic fuel injection, neither did the 964 Turbo 3.3 or 3.6. Go figure! Compared to the 3.3-litre the Turbo 3.6 had 29 kW more, now 265 kW. Compared to the 3.3 WLS, the 3.6 WLS also had 29 kW more (now 283 kW). Less than 1500 Turbo 3.6 cars were made, making it one of the rarest Porsches produced. For the 1993 IMSA Supercar Championship season the 911 Turbo 3.6 was also used.

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911 964 Turbo 3.6 with its 18" Speedline wheels © Porsche
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Differencies to the 3.3-litre: the Carrera RS's central part of the rear bumper and the 'turbo 3.6' script in chrome © Porsche
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By the end of 1993 the IMSA Supercar Championship would be won by Hans Joachim Stuck - third season in a row for Porsche. © Porsche

As Porsche was in need of cash, the 30 years 911 anniversary model was launched in advance, introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1993. The prototype of the original 901/911 was introduced in September 1963 as 1964 model and the production started in the end of 1964 as 1965 model, so the 1993 model 964 Carrera 4 Turbo-look '30 years 911'-anniversary model arrived 29 model years after the introduction of the prototype and 28 model years after the actual production started. There were 911 cars of the anniversary model made, with around 84% of them being Viola dark purple metallic (usually with Rubikon gray leather), ~14% Silver (usually with black leather) and ~2% Amethyst violet-purple metallics. The M096 'Jubiläumsmodell' was produced during model years 1993 and 1994.

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30 years 911 anniversary model was a 964 Carrera 4 Coupé with Turbo-look body © Porsche
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Viola Metallic was the most common color for the '30 years 911'-anniversary model. © Porsche
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30 Jahre 911 'Jubi' label of the prototype (no. 000)

For the 1993 season, a special racing car was created. The 964 Turbo S LM had a 3.2-litre 962-type engine which developed 349 kW with two 34 mm air restrictors. Lightened from the already light Turbo S, the Turbo S LM was reduced to 1000 kg/2200 lb (weight minimum set by the rules). The car was created with 1993 Le Mans 24H in mind, hence the abbreviation "LM" in the name, but first used for the Sebring 12H in March, where it took class win (7th overall), piloted by Walter Röhrl, Hans-Joachim Stuck and Hurley Haywood. With the same drivers at Le Mans 24H in June the car was leading its class, but had to retire due to an accident.

Walter Röhrl in the 911 964 Turbo S LM. "You have to know what you are doing inside the hammer, otherwise you would not get far." has he said about the Turbo S LM. © Porsche
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911 964 Turbo S LM © Porsche
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1993 June 19 Le Mans 24H: #46 964 Turbo S LM of Walter Röhrl/Hans-Joachim Stuck/Hurley Haywood retired after 79 laps due to an accident leaving the GT-class victory to #47 964 Carrera RSR of Joël Gouhier/Jürgen Barth/Dominique Dupuy © Porsche

While in 1991 Carrera Cup France was also started, for the 1993 season the Porsche Supercup series was also created. The difference between the Carrera Cup and the Supercup wasn't big - Carrera Cup was a national series and Supercup events were international, mostly run before the Formula 1 races. The cars were basically the same, just that it took more money and offered more fame when participating in Supercup. Interestingly, with a tuitition from Walter Röhrl, guest driver Mika Häkkinen won the 1993 Supercup race in Monaco although he had no previous experience with the 911. Some drivers even participated in both series in the same season. For example, the 1993 Supercup winner Altfrid Heger scored second in Carrera Cup Germany on the same season, which meant he raced almost every week.

1993 June 27, Norisring, Porsche Supercup (not Carrera Cup as the video is labelled)
1993 September 19, Hockenheim, Porsche Supercup. Watch the dogfight of Altfrid Heger (race and season winner) and Uwe Alzen (race and season second) starting from 02:30. Is it Supercup or Offroad Cup?

In the summer of 1993 Porsche Exclusive (Sonderwunsch) department created six 964 Turbo 3.3 Cabriolets. It was an easy job - a C2 Turbo-look was equipped with the rear spoiler and turbo engine (note: Turbo 3.3, not 3.6).

As the 30 years 911 anniversary model had not been available in the USA, for the MY1994 the Carrera 4 Turbo-look Coupé was also sold in the USA, but without the M096 Anniversary model option. All European model C4 widebodies were M096.

With the 964 production nearing its finish, the Speedster was launched in the middle of 1993. The 964 Speedster was sort of an open top Carrera RS, with -70 kg/154 lb weight reduction compared to the European Carrera 2 Cabriolet. Around 15 cars were also made with the Turbo-look body by Porsche Exclusive. For these cars, 964 Turbo brakes were also an option.

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911 964 Speedster © Porsche
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356 Speedster, 911 G-model Speedster Turbo-look, 911 964 Speedster © Porsche
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Speedster with its manual roof closed © Corel Photos

In August 1993 Porsche announced that they will build a few Slantnose (also called Slopenose, Flatnose, Flachbau) 964 Turbos around the year change. While the version for Japan, the X83, got the G-model Slantnose front wings and side design, the X85 US-version and X84 Rest of World-version had the 968-style pop-up headlights. The wheels were 3-piece Speedlines 8+10x18" with 225/40 and 265/35 tyres. The 964 Turbo 3.6 Slantnose version included the X88 powerkit and was 60% more expensive than the standard Turbo 3.6. Official performance data for the X84 ROW model reads as follows: 280 kmh / 174 mph, 0-100 kmh/62 mph in 4.7 seconds, 1 km from standing start in 23.3 seconds, 1470 kg/3240 lb.

964 Turbo 3.6 Flachbau X84 ROW/X85 USA - note the fully painted one-piece teatray rear spoiler unique to this model © Porsche
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964 Turbo with 968-style pop-up lamps was more expensive than the 964 Turbo and 968 together © Porsche
964 Turbo 3.6 Flachbau X83 for Japan © Jingu

In addition to the Slantnose cars there was a 964 Turbo 3.6 "Package"-version made for USA, which incorporated many X-goodies from the price list of Porsche Exclusive. No wonder, the "Package" cars are sometimes referred to as 964 Turbo S 3.6 as they have the X88 powerkit, X92 Exclusive front spoiler lip, X99 Side air inlets for engine cooling and the X93 Exclusive rear spoiler.

Turbo 3.6 comparison

Turbo 3.6 Turbo 3.6 WLS Turbo 3.6 Package Turbo 3.6 X85 USA/X84 ROW Turbo 3.6 X83 Japan
Engine standard 265 kW X88 283 kW X88 283 kW X88 283 kW X88 283 kW
Body standard standard X92 Exclusive front spoiler lip X92 Exclusive front spoiler lip X92 Exclusive front spoiler lip
X93 Exclusive rear spoiler X93 Exclusive rear spoiler standard rear spolier
X99 Side air inlets for engine cooling X99 Side air inlets for engine cooling Side air vents of G-model Flachbau
standard side sills standard side sills Side sills of G-model Flachbau
Front air inlets for oil cooler Front air inlets for oil cooler
968-style pop-up headlamps 924-style pop-up headlamps
ROW: 320 kmh speedometer
928 roof antenna
Front bucket seats, no rear seats
Number built 17 66 (X85 USA: 39 / X84 ROW: 27) 10

Comparison: European specs 911 964

  Carrera 4 Carrera 2 Carrera 2 Turbo-look Cabriolet Speedster Carrera RS Lightweight Turbo 3.3 Turbo 3.6
Fuel feeding system L-Jetronic L-Jetronic L-Jetronic L-Jetronic L-Jetronic K-Jetronic K-Jetronic
Power 184 kW 184 kW 184 kW 184 kW 191 kW 235 kW 265 kW
Transmission 5-speed manual 5-speed manual, 4-speed Tiptronic (MY92-> enhanced 1st gear, MY93-> with Keylock/Shiftlock) 5-speed manual, 4-speed Tiptronic (enhanced 1st gear, MY93-> with Keylock/Shiftlock) 5-speed manual, 4-speed Tiptronic (enhanced 1st gear, MY93-> with Keylock/Shiftlock) 5-speed mnual 5-speed manual 5-speed manual
Drivetrain 4WD RWD RWD RWD RWD RWD RWD
Top speed 162 mph/260 kmh Manual 162 mph/260 kmh, Tiptronic 159 mph/256 kmh Manual 158 mph/255 kmh, Tiptronic 156 mph/251 kmh Manual 162 mph/260 kmh, Tiptronic 159 mph/256 kmh 162 mph/260 kmh 168 mph/270 kmh 174 mph/280 kmh
0-62 mph/100 kmh 5.9 sec. Manual 5.7 sec.
Tiptronic 6.6 sec.
Manual 5.7 sec.
Tiptronic 6.6 sec.
Manual 5.7 sec.
Tiptronic 6.6 sec.
5.3 sec. 5.0 sec. 4.8 sec.
Stabilizer bars MY89-90 20/18mm, MY91-> 20/20mm, optional 22/20mm MY90 20/21mm, MY91->20/20mm, optional 22/19mm 21/22mm, optional 21/21mm 20/20mm, optional 22/19mm 24/18mm, both adjustable 21/22mm 21/22mm
Brake discs Vented Vented Vented, larger diameter Vented Vented, larger diameter Vented and drilled, larger diameter Vented and drilled, larger diameter
Brake calipers front 4-pot 4-pot 4-pot 4-pot 4-pot 4-pot 4-pot
Brake calipers rear 4-pot MY90-91 2-pot
MY92-> 4-pot
4-pot 4-pot 4-pot 4-pot 4-pot
Standard wheels 6+8x16, MY89 ClubSport, MY90-91 Design 90, MY92-> Cup-Design 6+8x16, MY90-91 Design 90, MY92-> Cup-Design 7+9x17 Cup-Design 7+8x17 Cup-Design 7.5+9x17 Cup-Design 7+9x17 Cup-Design 8+10x18 3-piece
Tyres 205/55 & 225/50 ZR16 205/55 & 225/50 ZR16 205/50 & 255/40 ZR17 205/50 & 255/40 ZR17 205/50 & 255/40 ZR17 205/50 & 255/40 ZR17 225/40 & 265/35 ZR18
Limited slip differential Optional for manual transmission Optional for manual transmission Optional for manual transmission Standard Standard Standard
Rear spoiler Automatically erecting, switch from MY90 Automatically erecting Automatically erecting Automatically erecting Automatically erecting Static, houses the intercooler Static, houses the intercooler
Mirrors MY89-91 rectangular, MY92-> aerodynamic MY89-91 rectangular, MY92-> aerodynamic Aerodynamic Aerodynamic, with manual adjustment Aerodynamic, with manual adjustment Aerodynamic Aerodynamic
Fuel tank 77 L 77 L 77 L 77 L 77 or 92 L 77 L 77 L
Steering wheel H-style, 2/91-> Airbag H-style, 2/91-> Airbag Airbag 3-spoke 360 mm H-style Airbag Airbag
Audio equipment Coupé 8 speakers, Cabriolet 6 Coupé 8 speakers, Cabriolet 6 Radio Blaupunkt Symphony with additional amplifier, 6 speakers 4 speakers Radio Blaupunkt Symphony or Stuttgart with additional amplifier, 8 speakers Radio (MY93 Blaupunkt Symphony, MY94 Blaupunkt Bremen) with additional amplifier, 6 speakers
Rear seat belts MY89 manual, MY90-> automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
Standard equipment Board computer standard with Tiptronic Full leather interior, board computer Full leather interior, board computer Full leather interior, board computer

Transmission codes 911 964

  MY1989 MY1990 MY1991 MY1992 MY1993 MY1994
Carrera 4 5-speed manual G64.00, Switzerland G64.01 5-speed manual G64.00, Switzerland G64.01 5-speed manual G64.00, Switzerland G64.01 5-speed manual G64.00, Switzerland G64.01, Taiwan G64.02 5-speed manual G64.00, Switzerland G64.01, Taiwan G64.02 5-speed manual G64.00
Carrera 2 5-speed manual G50.03, Switzerland G50.04, 4-speed Tiptronic A50.01 5-speed manual G50.03, Switzerland G50.04, 4-speed Tiptronic A50.01 5-speed manual G50.03, Switzerland G50.04, USA G50.05, 4-speed Tiptronic A50.02, USA A50.03 5-speed manual G50.03, Switzerland G50.04, USA G50.05, 4-speed Tiptronic A50.02, USA A50.03 5-speed manual G50.03, Switzerland G50.04, USA G50.05, 4-speed Tiptronic A50.02, USA A50.03
Carrera RS 5-speed manual G50.10
Turbo 3.3 5-speed G50.52 5-speed G50.52
Turbo 3.6 5-speed G50.52 5-speed G50.52

964 Carrera Cup racing series and champions

964 Carrera Cup Germany
1990
1. Olaf Manthey
2. Rüdiger Schmitt
3. Wolfgang Land
1991
1. Roland Asch
2. Wolfgang Land
3. Jürgen von Gartzen
1992
1. Uwe Alzen
2. Bruno Eichmann
3. Jürgen von Gartzen
1993
1. Wolfgang Land
2. Altfrid Heger
3. Bernd Mayländer
1994
1. Bernd Mayländer
2. Harald Grohs
3. Wolfgang Land
944 Turbo 964 Carrera Cup France
1991
1. Jean-Pierre Malcher
2. Dominique Dupuy
3. André Bourdon
1992
1. Dominique Dupuy
2. Jean-Pierre Malcher
3. Michel Maisonneuve
1993
1. Dominique Dupuy
2. Alain Ferté
3. Fabien Giroix
1994
1. Christophe Bouchut
2. Dominique Dupuy
3. Jean-Pierre Jarier
964 Supercup 993
1993
1. Altfrid Heger
2. Uwe Alzen
3. Enzo Calderari

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Roof rack © Porsche
Designer Ferdinand Alexander Porsche with father Ferdinand Anton Ernst Porsche © Porsche

With the end of the 964 production, the last classic Targa was produced in the form of a MY1994 911 Carrera 2 Targa. The "safety cabriolet" was in production since MY1967, for 27 years! While the last special versions of the 964, the Speedsters and flatnose Turbos were made, the production of the next generation 911, the 993 had already started in the end of 1993.


Article © James Herne / Stuttcars.com



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