It is forty years since the introduction of Porsche’s first RS, the mighty Carrera RS 2.7, back in 1973. For Porsche, the letters RS, which stand for Rennsport, inspire images of sporting achievement and excellence earned the hard way through countless racing victories. At the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1993, Porsche unveiled its all-new 3.6-litre Type 993 model, the first 911 to be completely redesigned from the ground up. It was, however, only in 1995 that the Carrera RS was introduced featuring a larger 3746 cc engine with Porsche’s innovative Varioram induction system, and weighing in at 100 kg (220 lbs) lighter than the standard Carrera. The motivation for producing the 993 RS was of course homologation for motorsport, and ultimately to demonstrate how motorsport influences and inspires the design and manufacture of road cars at Porsche. Pictured here at the 2006 Porsche Festival at Eynsham Hall, Oxfordshire, UK, is a 1995 Porsche 993 Carrera RS in rare Riviera Blue, belonging to Steve Kings.
|Model||911 Carrera RS (Type 993)|
|Engine capacity||3746 cc|
|Maximum power||300 hp at 6500 rpm|
|0-62 mph||5.0 secs|
|Top speed||172 mph|
Written by: Glen Smale
Image by: Virtual Motorpix/Glen Smale