The 993 is the company’s internal name for the version of the Porsche 911 model manufactured and sold between late 1993 and early 1998 replacing the 964. Its discontinuation marked the end of air-cooled Porsches, with the 993 being not just the last air-cooled 911 but also the last of the hand built 911s. The 993 generation of the 911 is often referred to as the best and most desirable of the 911 series, not only because of its beauty, but also because its performance is very good, even by modern standards, and the 993 was the last complete ‘modern classic’. As many enthusiasts agree, “the 993 is one of the sweetest spots in the 911′s half-century of existence and while more modern versions might be more dynamically capable, they’re bloated behemoths in comparison to the lean 993”.
The external design of the Porsche 993, penned by Englishman Toni Hatter, retained the basic bodyshell architecture of the 964 and other earlier 911 models, but with revised external panels, with much more flared wheel arches and a smoother front and rear bumper design, an enlarged retractable rear wing, teardrop mirrors, but keeping the doors and roof panels. The 993 Carrera is powered by an air-cooled Porsche flat-six “boxer” engine using a Single Overhead Cam (SOHC) valvetrain. The M64/05(06) made 272 bhp through model year 1995. In 1995 Porsche switched to the VarioRam – equipped M64/21(22) engine. Varioram adjusts the length of the air intake ducts in line with the engine RPMs and the speed of the car, with this the power output is increased to 281 hp.
The 993 Carrera RS, standing for ‘Rennsport’ (or ‘Race Sport’ in English), was a lightweight version of the base Carrera, produced in model years 1995 and 1996. It was stripped of anything that could be deemed unnecessary – including the headlight washers, sound proofing and rear seats – meaning around 100kg was shaved off the weight of the Carrera.
993 Carrera 2, 6-Speed Manual, G50/O21 Gearbox, 4:1 Final Drive, Limited Slip Differential, Cargraphic Full Exhaust System, Factory Riviera Blue, Recaro SPG Front Seats, Momo Prototipo Steering Wheel, Schroth 6 Point Harnesses, RS Speedline Alloy Style Wheels (Porsche AG), Carbon Fibre RS Doorcards, Ribbon Door Pulls, Heigo Rear Roll Cage, RS Body Styling, Flocked Dash & Door Card Tops, RS Style Carpets, Braided Hoses, 993 GT2 Front Hubs & TR Ends, RS Gearstick, Bilstein PSS9 Suspension, Front & Rear Monoball Top Mounts, Camber Adjustable Fronts, Front Lower Arms Polybushed, RS Brake Cooling Ducts, H&R Anti-Roll Bars, Rear Techart Subframe Mount Kit, Adjustable Rear Arms With Rod Arm Bearings.
Based on a factory Riviera Blue 993 Carrera 2, this RS Clubsport evocation certainly stands out from the crowd. The iconic Porsche colour and RS body styling perfectly enhances the elegant proportions of the standard 993 shape, and with its RS bumpers and huge rear wing providing a zealous edge over the original Carrera silhouette.
Finish is superb; free from any blemishes or scuffs the vibrant blue finish has a brilliant even gloss across its surface, capturing the RS details, like the front winged spoiler and top mounted rear intakes, in a flawless fashion. Trim and lights also present well, having covered less than 2,000 miles since a comprehensive rebuild, they are free from any chips or fading throughout.
In true RS fashion the interior of this 993 has been stripped out, clearly fabricated to be a more focused road going racer. The standard seats have been replaced with a pair of Recaro SPG buckets whilst the ‘heavy’ leather door-cards have been switched out with RS carbon fibre alternatives. A Heigo rear roll cage, Momo Prototipo steering wheel and radio delete complete the interior weight loss regime and add to the race car feel of the 993.
Thankfully some essentials have remained; with a functioning sunroof and air conditioning making sure the car is comfortable to use all year round. Carpets also remain in place to provide some soundproofing on the move, a good compromise of some usability.
Engine & Transmission:
The 3.6 litre is a perfectly elastic powertrain at both ends of the rev range and tractability is at the core of what makes the 993 so user-friendly. Starting the flat-six, it is turbine-smooth and surprisingly quiet at idle but push on the floor-hinged throttle a little further and the familiar hollow air-cooled bark murmurs satisfyingly around the cabin, enhanced further by the Cargraphic Full Exhaust System which allows the air-cooled unit to breathe more freely.
Additional modifications give the RS Evocation a real driver focused edge; with a limited slip differential and short ratio 6-speed manual gearbox the car is incredibly engaging on the road, allowing the driver to squeeze every last drop of power of of the 3.6 litre unit.
Wheels, Tyres & Brakes:
Sitting snugly in the flared arches, 18″ RS Speedline style split rims complete the RS aesthetic, sitting in excellent condition free from any signs of curbing or corrosion. Matching Avon ZZ1’s provide good grip and sit with excellent tread at each corner.
Red RS Calipers show brightly through the spokes and function brilliantly, supplied by Porsche in 2013 they have covered less than 2000 miles since installation. Suspension has also been massively upgraded; Bilstein PSS9 Suspension with full Poly Bushing and Monoball top mounts provides a firmer ride with far sharper handling suitable for road and track application.
This exceptional 993 Carrera 2 was supplied new by Porsche (AFN) Chiswick on 17/03/1995 who also performed the first 2 services on the car as shown by the original stamped service book. There are a further 6 stamps in the service book and a number of invoices outlining regular servicing of the car, including a full gearbox rebuild and limited slip diff install in 2006 at just over 80k miles.
MOT History shows the car covered regular mileage until it was purchased in 2011 by an owner who wanted a solid base for an RS Evocation. The owner spent the next 3 years converting the car, with a huge log of invoices tracking parts, maintenance and upgrades fitted to the car over this period. Works include a new clutch, full suspension upgrade, Cargraphic full exhaust system, lightweight interior fitment, RS Bodykit installation and much more. Since then the car has been used very sparingly and has covered less than 2,000 miles since all the work was completed.
The stamped original service book is present with the car alongside a service handbook, a vast log of invoices and 2 sets of keys.