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In 1973, Porsche introduced the legendary 911 RS in response to the realization that the weight of its top-tier 2.4-liter 911S production model limited its racing potential. To address this, Porsche created and homologated a special lightweight variant for competition.

This resulted in the 1973 Carrera RS (RennSport), which used thinner-gauge metal in the doors, roof, trunk lid, and floors to reduce weight. After exceeding the 500-car production threshold required for FIA homologation and meeting higher-than-expected consumer demand, the lightweight RS was discontinued after producing 1,590 units.

The Carrera name persisted on Porsche’s top models, and from 1974-1976, a limited number of high-performance lightweight Carreras were made for the European market. Known as “Euro Carreras,” these models retained the renowned Type 911/83 2.7-liter, 210bhp engine with Bosch mechanical fuel injection (MFI), the same as the 1973 Carrera RS 2.7.

These cars were available in the new 911 body style with features similar to the M472 ‘Touring’ designation of the more luxurious ’73 RS. Optional tail spoilers and Targa versions were also offered. A total of 1,647 Euro-spec MFI Carrera coupes and 631 Targas were produced during this period, closely matching the original 1973 Carrera RS production.

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