The 1993 911 RS America was an exclusive release for the U.S market. On its release Porsche described it as “A Pure-Protein Porsche 911.” It came about due to lobbying from Porsche Cars of North America and the Porsche Club of America (PCA) due to the fact that the 964 Carrera RS and its derivatives could not be imported, nor legally registered in the United States.
At the time It became known as the “the car that the Porsche Club of America built.” It was launched a basic lightweight, no frills 911 with minimal luxury options. In turn, creating a 911 that would handle more like a competition Porsche 911. The new model would be listed as the Type 964-320 and called the RS America.
When it was launched in the U.S. it was priced $10,000 cheaper than the base but more appointed Type 964 Carrera 2. If you are familiar with Porsche, this would be something unheard of today. Lighter weight Porsches today mean light weight wallets. Just look at the 991 Carrera 911 T and the 911 GT3 RS.
Flashback review of the 1993 Porsche 911 RS America
Go back in time and watch the review of the newly released 1993 911 RS America featured on MotorWeek.
Colours and options lost
The RS America was initially available in only four colours: red, black, silver, and dark metallic blue with white added at a later date. To reduce the weight of the 911 Porsche stripped out all non-essential items.
These included sound insulation, power steering, electric seats, door trim, and air conditioning. The result was a 911 much lighter than the 964 Carrera 2 it was based upon.
The familar engine
The RS America was powered by Porsche’s 3.6 litre 247 horsepower flat-six engine coupled to the G50 5-speed gearbox. The weight savings and the flat-six engine propelled it to 60mph in just 5.4 seconds. This was fast in 1993.
Today, the Porsche RS America is still a sought-after model. Only 701 were made which probably fewer are left. The RS America is truly a rare modern classic.