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 byRichard Owen
price $$53 900 USD
engineFlat 6
valvetrainSOHC 2 Val / Cyl.
displacement3600 cc / 219.7 in³
bore100.0 mm / 3.94 in
stroke76.4 mm / 3.01 in
compression11.3:1
power184.2 kw / 247.0 bhp @ 6100 rpm
specific output68.61 bhp per litre
bhp/weightbhp per tonne
torque309.1 nm / 228.0 ft lbs @ 4800 rpm
redline6800
body / frameUnit Steel
driven wheelsRear Engine / RWD
front tires205/50ZR-17
rear tires255/40ZR-17
front brakesVented Discs w/ Vacuum Assist & ABS
f brake sizex 297 mm / x 11.7 in
r brake sizex 300 mm / x 11.8 in
front wheelsF 43.2 x 17.8 cm / 17.0 x 7.0 in
rear wheelsR 43.2 x 20.3 cm / 17.0 x 8.0 in
steeringRack & Pinion
curb weight1359 kg / 2996 lbs
wheelbase2271 mm / 89.4 in
front track1374 mm / 54.1 in
rear track1369 mm / 53.9 in
length4275 mm / 168.3 in
width1651 mm / 65.0 in
height1311 mm / 51.6 in
transmission5-Speed Manual
gear ratios3.50:1, 2.06:1, 1.41:1, 1.09:1, 0.87:1, :1
final drive3.33:1
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