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Porsche Of The Day: 1992 Porsche 911 Turbo S Lightweight

In 1992, Porsche unveiled a limited-edition masterpiece – the 964 Turbo S Lightweight, also known as the Leichtbau. Originally planned for a run of 25-50 units, Porsche later increased production to 80, catering to the high demand for a lighter, more powerful 911.

True to its name, the Turbo S Lightweight was a force to be reckoned with. It boasted both increased power and significant weight reduction compared to the standard Turbo. This translated into sharper handling and a more exhilarating driving experience.

The heart of the beast was a thoroughly reworked engine. Porsche engineers equipped the Type M30/69 SL engine with sportier cams, larger fuel injectors, and a more efficient KKK turbocharger. This resulted in a remarkable 61 horsepower boost, pushing peak output to 381 bhp at 6000 rpm. To signify this enhanced performance, the intercooler housing and air filter proudly sported a coat of red.

Visually, the Turbo S Lightweight distinguished itself with several unique touches. Borrowing from the legendary 959, it featured rear-quarter vents. New front air intake ducting and a distinct deck spoiler completed the look, setting it apart from its standard brethren.

Production for the 1993 model year commenced in July 1992. While some sources suggest Porsche built six extra cars beyond the planned 80, precise production figures remain somewhat elusive. Regardless of the exact number, the 964 Turbo S Lightweight remains a coveted icon in the Porsche world, a testament to the brand’s relentless pursuit of performance and driving perfection.

Photos by Stephan Bauer courtesy of RM Sotheby’s