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Porsche 964 Carrera RS v 993 Carrera RS: Luftgekühlt Legends

Roland Kussmaul, you’ve got a lot to answer for! The undeniable talent of one of Porsche’s most esteemed motorsport engineers hasn’t made my job easy today. The sun is fast approaching the horizon and I need to choose which Porsche 911 I’m grabbing the keys to for the drive home.

Do I want the 964 Carrera RS or the 993 variant? I know, right. This is the enviable dilemma facing me atop Ditchling Beacon, one of many stunning vantage points in the South Downs, an area of the UK renowned for its natural beauty.

However, the vista – bathed in a warm dusk glow – can’t take my mind off the task at hand. This has to be the toughest decision I’ve had to make at Total 911. I mean, how are you really meant to choose between the two?

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Leviathans of the air-cooled era, the 964 and 993 Carrera RS represent a golden age for the Rennsport philosophy. After a hiatus during the 1980s – the SC RS of 1984 wasn’t really intended as a production road car – Porsche revived the lightweight legacy in 1991 with the launch of the 964 Carrera RS.

After the 911’s future had been secured at Zuffenhausen a decade earlier, the motorsport department was tasked with taking the Neunelfer back into international competition.

The first step was to put the 911 at the centre of Porsche’s one-make race series, the Porsche Turbo Cup, held in Germany and France since 1986 and 1987 respectively.

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In order to do this though, a car was needed for the FIA’s homologation process. The result, readied in time for the start of the 1990 season by Kussmaul’s team in Weissach, was the new Porsche 964 Carrera Cup.

A stripped out version of the Carrera 2, the Carrera Cup racer featured a seam-welded bodyshell with every luxury removed in the name of weight saving. And 18 months later, ahead of the 1992 model year, the first road going production versions of the Cup car rolled out of the factory, complete with an iconic designation on the decklid. The Porsche 964 Carrera RS was born.

The car marked the return of the Carrera RS for the first time in 17 years but, rather than universal rejoicing from Zuffenhausen’s faithful, the 964 was met with an unusual level of indifference. Even the press weren’t convinced.

To read our Porsche 964 v 993 Carrera RS head-to-head in full, pick up Total 911 issue 140 in store today. Alternatively, order your copy online for home delivery, or download it straight to your digital device now. 

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Sales Spotlight: Porsche 993 Carrera RS

Classic Porsche specialist, Maxted-Page is well known for selling some of the most prestigious pre-impact bumper 911s ever built. However, Lee Maxted-Page’s eponymous company also does a pretty good trade in later air-cooled machinery, as evidenced by this Porsche 993 Carrera RS.

As awesome as a 993 RS is, you may think that the last air-cooled Rennsport is a fairly uninspired choice for our first Sales Spotlight (especially if you were to look through the rest of Maxted-Page’s current offerings) however, this particular Porsche 911 has an ace up its sleeve.

While just over a 1,000 Porsche 993 Carrera RSs were built between 1995 and 1996, only 49 of them were built in right-hand drive. Maxted-Page’s Midnight Blue metallic example – with 57,000 miles on the clock – is one of those 49 cars.

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In ‘Comfort’ guise (albeit fitted with period Sabelt harnesses), this 993 is the perfect B-road weapon for British (or Australian, if you’re reading this from Down Under) Porsche 911 collectors, with enough luxury to make longer journeys bearable but a devastating turn of pace when the mood takes you.

As you’d expect from a car offered from Maxted-Page, this particular 993 RS’s history is immaculate. Originally sold in June 1995 via AFN (the original Porsche importer before PCGB), the Carrera RS passed onto its second owner in December of that year.

Since then though, it has only been through one more owner, passing onto its latest custodian in 2001. The current owner has kept the car serviced fastidiously at Porsche Bournemouth (a Total 911 award-winning OPC) and is offered with all its original tools, keys and books.

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Other than the seatbelts, a switch to silver (rather than black) badging on the decklid and the fitment of a RUF front strut brace replacing the original Porsche item, Maxted-Page’s 993 RS features no major modifications and the car hasn’t been used on track during the last 14 years.

We’ve seen the car in the metal and it is a truly stunning example, made even more special (for us, at least) by the location of the steering wheel. Understandably, given this 911’s rarity, the 993 Carrera RS is listed on Maxted-Page’s website as POA.

To check out this Porsche 993 Carrera RS in more detail, or to see more of the incredible Porsches on offer at Maxted-Page, visit their website now. 

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Total 911 issue 133 now on sale

With nearly 200,000 built between 2004 and 2013, the 997-type neunelfer is the most popular Porsche 911 generation of all time. In the latest issue of Total 911, we’ve put together our super six selection of the best Porsche 997s ever, with a little help from you.

Using votes cast by hundreds of Total 911 readers, we’ve compiled our conclusive countdown of the greatest 997s, featuring a Porsche 911 to satisfy all tastes, whether you prefer Carreras, Turbos or Rennsports.

So, to find out if your Porsche 997 made the grade and reached the coveted number one spot, issue 133 is a must have.

Porsche 991 Carrera GTSs

Also inside, we’ve taken all three versions of the last naturally aspirated 911 Carrera – the 991 Carrera GTS – to Wales for a thrilling road trip to decide the outcome of our latest supertest.

There’s also our ultimate guide to the revered Porsche 993 Carrera RS (possibly the greatest 911 of all time) plus a history of Porsche Turbos and a head-to-head between Carrera 2 and Carrera 4 versions of the Porsche 964.

For all this and much, much more, pick up Total 911 issue 133 in store now. Alternatively, order your copy online for home delivery, or download it straight to your digital device for an immediate Porsche fix.

Porsche 993 Carrera RS

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Watch this 993 Carrera RS chase a 997 GT3 around the Nordschleife

As you may have guessed to day, we’ve started a week-long celebration of all things Rennsport and, as our list of favourite RSs showed earlier, the 993 Carrera RS ranks as one of the best of the breed.

Rennsport 911s are bred for the track and, while some are horded away in the hands of collectors, a large number still see plenty of action out on circuits around the world. This particular 993 RS is no exception.

We don’t know who Sandro Ziegler is. He doesn’t seem to have any international racing pedigree. However, he sure can pedal the last air-cooled Rennsport Porsche 911 around the Nürburgring, as he proves chasing down the 997 GT3 ahead of him.

It’s not a full Nordschleife lap – running instead from Wehrseifen to Pflanzgarten – but, if you watch one Porsche 911 video today, make sure it is this one.

For more of the best Porsche 911 films, check out our dedicated video section now.

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The ultimate Porsche 964 RS?

It is often overlooked that 1992 was a significant year for Porsche. While many may instead highlight a year later when the last air-cooled 911 was revealed in the 993, 1992 was the final year of the 964, which brought with it the return of a revered moniker: the RS.

It had been eight years since the appearance of the very limited edition SC RS, and almost 20 years since the heyday of the 2.7 and 3.0-litre Carrera RS models, and so in the 964 Rennsport, Porsche once more dedicated an extremely focused model to the 911 range that was aimed at the real enthusiast sports car driver.

In tandem with the earliest 911 RS, the 2.7 Carrera, which was available in Touring, Sport (sometimes referred to as Lightweight) and even Racing trim, the 964 RS could be specified in Touring, Sport and track-ready N/GT trim.

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Costing DM40,000 more than the 964 Carrera, 2,282 964 Rennsport models were produced, though just 90 of these were of the Sport variety, while 290 of the N/GT were sold for track use, leaving 1,902 units in Touring trim.

For a limited-edition high-performance model, this was a healthy production run compared with the 1973 Carrera RS, of which just 1,508 units were built.

In terms of specification, the 964 RS had the same top speed as the Carrera 2 (161mph). However, its sprint times were improved. The M64/03 engine was more powerful, and the RS was 230 kilograms lighter as a whole (in Sport trim), with weight reduction going as far as eliminating unnecessary wiring from the car’s harness for those components not included on the RS.

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With a tweaked chassis that sat the RS 40mm lower than the standard Carrera, the 964 Rennsport was a true performance machine. It was certainly worth the eight-year wait for that RS moniker to return to the 911.

By 1995, the 993 RS had upped the game yet again, with power output at 300bhp and a top speed of 172mph, despite a weight increase of 50 kilograms over its predecessor.

To read more, grab your copy of Total 911 issue 123 in store now. Alternatively, order it online for home delivery or download it straight to your digital device.

 

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