The 911 you did not know existed

The real American stripper. We aren't here to promote an adult film but to present to you the Porsche 911 RS America. A car that, maybe, you did not know existed.

The real American stripper. We aren't here to promote an adult film but to present to you the Porsche 911 RS America. A car that, maybe, you did not know existed.

The story of this car started in 1993. Back then, Porsche had the motivation to create an RS version of its 964. In other words, the idea was to have a stripped-out track-oriented car that did not have all the luxuries of regular 911's. A lightweight racer for the road that could offer unprecedented performances and a unique driving experience. To meet US regulations, Porsche kept the same power output as the 964 Carrera 2 and was, thus called the RS America. A car that came to be one of the rarest Porsche's ever, with only 701 units produced.

Even though the America (250 PS) was not as powerful as the RS from Europe (300 PS), the RS spirit was still here. The car was fitted with sport suspensions, a larger front anti-roll bar, and uprated shocks. Also Porsche added C2 Turbo wheels, and big disc brakes. There was now a manual steering rack, and a fixed whale tail replaced the Carrera 2's retractable wing. The car weighs only 1340 KG, just about 35 KG less than a standard Carrera 2.

Amazingly enough, there were only four boxes you could tick in the options list. There was the electric sunroof, air conditioning, a limited-slip differential, and a stereo system. That's it. To have a car like this one here in Switzerland is pretty special. The car was imported in 1999 and is in mint condition. It has the original cloth seats, removed back seats and is painted in this awesome Grand Prix White color.

A car that came to be one of the rarest Porsche's ever.

Jonathan Yarden

The RS America looks pretty much like a standard Carrera 2, but as mentioned above, it's what you can't see that makes it special. All these removed and added items make it a very rewarding car to drive on twisty roads. As any 911, the engine asks to rev high to deliver its ultimate performance. So, just drive it hard. Additionally, as there are less noise-cancelling elements as in a standard Carrera 2, the sound the car makes from its air-cooled 3.6 flat-six engine is just superb. But the car is not only about corners, it's pretty fast as well. The 0 to 100 km/h takes only 4.6 seconds with a top speed of over 250 km/h. Not bad. But, in my opinion, in corners is where this car shines. It sticks to the road like nothing else from this era. As some of you may know, we're huge fans of the 964. So, stating that the RS America is one of the coolest 911's ever is only an understatement.

We've driven many different 964's already, from the standard Carrera 4 to both iterations of the Turbo, the 3.3 and 3.6. For sure, this car is the most track-focused one, and maybe the most fun to drive. Not so sure about the wing though, maybe it could have been like on the European version, wingless. This car is priced at CHF 149'900.- and wears only 98'200 KM. That's quite a bargain if you consider the fact that European RS's are more expensive and less rare. We could only be more tempted by a 993 Carrera RS, but that's not the same budget...

Porsche 911 RS America

I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Perego Cars, situated in Switzerland, for giving me the opportunity to review and shoot this car that is currently on sale. Website: www.peregocars.com/en Facebook: www.facebook.com/peregocars/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/peregocars/

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