1993 Porsche 911 RS America Coupe
Configuration: Longitudinal Rear Engine
Engine: 3.6L Naturally Aspirated Flat-6
Horsepower: 247 @ 6100 RPM
Torque: 228 lb/ft. @ 4800 RPM
Transmission: 5-speed manual
0 - 60: 4.6 Seconds
911 Chassis Code: 964
Curb Weight: 2917 lbs
Porsche’s goal in creating the 964 RS was to offer a basic, lightweight 911 with minimal luxury options. Thus, it produced a de-contented C2, stripped of most standard convenience features. While the Carrera RS 3.6 was available in Europe, it was unable to meet U.S. import regulations, so it was slightly detuned to meet DOT regulations and dubbed the RS America.
Porsche Cars North America CEO and President Fred Schwab, stated that, “this is the car that the Porsche Club of America built”. Former Works driver Vic Elford bent the company’s ear a bit after hearing from some passionate U.S. club members that their favorite car was turning into an overweight GT unsuitable for autocross and track sessions. Upon its introduction, Porsche declared, “The 1993 911 RS America captures the spirit of the original RS with its emphasis on performance.”
Only 701 RS Americas were constructed over a two-year period beginning in 1992 for the 1993-1994 model years. Only four options were available: an electric sunroof, air conditioning, a limited-slip differential, and a stereo system. Standard colors were also limited to Guards Red, Black, or Grand Prix White, and two metallic colors, Midnight Blue and Polar Silver, were available at extra cost.
Did you know?
The RS America was actually the cheapest 911 offered during its model run. Nowadays, the RS America is generally more sought after than the standard Carrera, perhaps due to low production numbers and the fact it was only sold in North America.