Porsche 911 RS America (964)

The original 1973 Carrera RS was available in Europe but not in the USA. Porsche decided to build the 1993 Carrera RS both to European spec and a limited number in compliance with US regulations. These US spec cars were assigned the name “RS America”. The intent was to create a basic lightweight, no frills 911 with minimal luxury options.

The standard US Carrera 2 brakes, engine and gearbox were used. The RS weighed 2,945 pounds so it was almost 80 pounds lighter than a standard Carrera 2.  Fitting the RS America with the M030 sport suspension package, which included the use of much of the running gear from the 911 C2 Turbo, led to higher performance limits.

The Turbo’s progressively wound coil springs, larger diameter front stabilizer bar, and upgraded shock absorbers were standard equipment for the RS America, as were 17” diameter C2 Turbo wheels. The RSA rims were 7” wide on the front and 8” wide on the rear (as opposed to the 7” wide front and 9” wide rear wheels of the C2 Turbo).  It also got a very cool “whale tail” spoiler.

In all, 701 cars were built as model year 1993 – 1994.

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
price $ $53 900 USD
engine Flat 6
valvetrain SOHC 2 Val / Cyl.
displacement 3600 cc / 219.7 in³
bore 100.0 mm / 3.94 in
stroke 76.4 mm / 3.01 in
compression 11.3:1
power 184.2 kw / 247.0 bhp @ 6100 rpm
specific output 68.61 bhp per litre
bhp/weight bhp per tonne
torque 309.1 nm / 228.0 ft lbs @ 4800 rpm
redline 6800
body / frame Unit Steel
driven wheels Rear Engine / RWD
front tires 205/50ZR-17
rear tires 255/40ZR-17
front brakes Vented Discs w/ Vacuum Assist & ABS
f brake size x 297 mm / x 11.7 in
r brake size x 300 mm / x 11.8 in
front wheels F 43.2 x 17.8 cm / 17.0 x 7.0 in
rear wheels R 43.2 x 20.3 cm / 17.0 x 8.0 in
steering Rack & Pinion
curb weight 1359 kg / 2996 lbs
wheelbase 2271 mm / 89.4 in
front track 1374 mm / 54.1 in
rear track 1369 mm / 53.9 in
length 4275 mm / 168.3 in
width 1651 mm / 65.0 in
height 1311 mm / 51.6 in
transmission 5-Speed Manual
gear ratios 3.50:1, 2.06:1, 1.41:1, 1.09:1, 0.87:1, :1
final drive 3.33:1
top speed ~260.7 kph / 162.0 mph
0 – 60 mph ~5.3 seconds
0 – 100 mph ~13.0 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile ~13.8 seconds