Like the 930 before it, the 964 Turbo would end its run having used two different engines. The first, a refined version of the 930’s 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-six, was used out of necessity while Porsche completed development of a turbocharged version of the standard 3.6 liter engine that debuted with the 964 more generally. The second engine, then, was that 3.6 liter, which came on board for the ’93 and ’94 model years. After nearly 15 years of use, inspiring the dreams of many, and helping establish the 911 as one of the world’s preeminent sports coupes the turbocharged 3.3 was to be put to bed. But Porsche, a company which takes a particular delight in final year send-offs, wasn’t quite done with it yet. Enter the 1992 Porsche 911 3.3 Turbo S Leichtbau (Lightweight). As the name would suggest the 3.3 Turbo S was taken in a slightly different direction from other Turbos and provides a nice contrast with the later 3.6 Turbo S, the apex of 964 performance and luxury. This is more in the vein of the GT2: a lightened, track-oriented, rear-drive Turbo that would debut a few years later for the 993. The GT2 perhaps is a more extreme example, but as we can see here the 3.3 Turbo S was not intended to provide a high degree of refined cruising and this specific example even has a more extensive roll cage than other versions I’ve come across (as rare as that may be). All told 86 examples were produced making these one of the rarest 911s and another of the exquisite 964 variants.
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Another week, another wonderful 964 Carrera RS. This time, however, we’ve gone a little more aggressive in the color department with a Rubystone Red (Sternrubin) 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS with contrasting interior and just 19,919 miles on it. I recall that we featured a Rubystone 964 Turbo a while back and that 911 had a Grey interior that, frankly, was entirely unbefitting of the dynamism of the exterior. We have no such problem here as the black interior with purple and violet seat inserts provides the right balance of flash and subdued character that highlights, but doesn’t overshadow, that exterior. Inside or out, there should be no mistaking what this car is.
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At one point or another during my time writing for GCFSB I have had the opportunity to feature nearly every variant of the 964 and as I’ve noted in previous posts there is a ton of variability within the 964 model range. The exception, the car I have yet to feature, is the 964 Carrera RS, quite possibly the best of the breed, especially were we to stumble across the ultra-rare 3.8 RS, which sadly this one is not. Nevertheless, the 3.6 version is truly a fantastic machine. The US market had to settle for the RS America, a lightened low-option version of the Carrera 2, that never fully approached, nor did Porsche intend it to approach, the full-on Carrera RS of other markets. The Carrera RS used the tried-and-true method of more power/less weight, combining a higher output version of the 964’s 3.6 liter flax-six with significant weight reduction – coming in 155 kg lighter than a standard Carrera 2 – to provide the sort of no frills performance that 911 enthusiasts had long craved since the original RS. To wear that moniker, the coveted Carrera RS badge, requires a special car and the version for the 964 filled those shoes quite well. It showed how far this newly redesigned 911 could be pushed and continued Porsche’s history of melding excellent road-going manners with track-focused performance. The particular example we see here is a Maritime Blue 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS with a contrasting black and blue leather interior and just 20,005 miles on it.
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The Porsche 911 is a popular feature of ours when it comes to Motorsports Monday, with many owners taking it upon themselves to improve the breed for competition. But Porsche has created its own race specials of their evergreen sports car over the years. One of our favorites is the Porsche 911 Cup from the early 1990s. What looks like a run of the mill 964 is anything but, with a stripped out interior, aluminum hood, magnesium wheels and a seam welded chassis. There were 45 examples produced, which were meant to compete in a race series. There was a failure to gain sponsorship for the race series and instead of these cars seeing track time, they were quietly sold through the Porsche dealer network in the US. This 911 Carrera Cup for sale in Texas is a Porsche Concours winner and in factory fresh condition, looking as if you could eat off the exposed floorboards.
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It feels like it has been a while since I’ve written about the 964 Turbo so now seems as good a time as ever to remedy that. I’ve featured quite a few examples of the 930, my personal favorite of the 911 Turbos, but as the 930’s heir the 964 Turbo provides a very familiar recipe for driving enjoyment packaged in a more modern and refined machine. Utilizing the same basic setup as the 1989 930, a 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6 mated to the G50 5-speed manual transmission, the 964 actually can provide the opportunity for experiencing much of the greatness of that final 930 model year, but for less cost. The cost will not likely be significantly less, but with the ’89 930 attracting significant attention on the collector market while the Turbo 3.6 garners most of the attention among 964 fans, the standard 964 Turbo sits in a nice middle position where we can’t quite say it is being ignored but it does fly under the radar just that little bit. How that will continue to play out over time remains to be seen, but right now it is not a bad car to pursue for those in search of the menacing performance that only a single-turbo rear-drive 911 can provide. The example we see here, a Guards Red 1992 Porsche 911 Turbo, located in Miami, shows with very reasonable mileage for its age and generally presents quite well.