1994 Porsche 911 Speedster

The 964 based Speedster was the 1994 Speedster which was based on the 964 Carrera 2 platform. There are far fewer 1994 911 Speedsters in the world than the 1989 mode, with production reportedly totaled only around 936 units, less than half as many as the 1989 example.

Whereas the 1989 Speedster was primarily an aesthetic package, the 964 version sought a happy medium between the regular Carrera 2 and the hardcore Carrera RS. It had the same engine as the base Carrera and didn’t have the same suspension bits as the RS, but thanks to a removable windshield and an interior stripped of all niceties, it fit the role of driver’s car rather neatly.

This is the car that Andreas Preuninger points to as being most representative of a proper 911 Speedster, the 964 mixed elements of the Carrera Cabriolet, the 3.2 Speedster before it and the 964 RS. With the pared- back, lightweight interior of the RS – including the sports bucket seats, a stock 25th from its 3.6 liter engine and the same removable, raked and shorter windscreen of the 3.2.

Porsche had hoped to build 3,000, but in the end only 936 were built. All were narrow-bodied (the model never gained a full widebody option like the previous generation), with the exception of about 20 examples ordered with Turbo-look wide bodies built by the Porsche Exclusive team.

If Preuninger points to it as being most representative in its technical make-up, so too is its appearance. With the 964’s fared bumpers, this Speedster is most visually relatable to its 356 relations.

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Specs & Performance

price $  $66 400 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 181.48 bhp per tonne
torque 309.1 nm / 228.0 ft lbs @ 4800 rpm
redline 6700
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
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 1361 kg / 3000 lbs
wheelbase 2271 mm / 89.4 in
front track 1374 mm / 54.1 in
rear track 1374 mm / 54.1 in
length 4275 mm / 168.3 in
width 1651 mm / 65.0 in
height 1280 mm / 50.4 in
transmission 5-Speed Manual
gear ratios 3.50:1, 2.06:1, 1.41:1, 1.09:1, 0.87:1
final drive 3.33:1
top speed ~260.7 kph / 162.0 mph
0 – 60 mph ~5.7 seconds
0 – 100 mph ~13.5 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile ~14.1 seconds