For 1996, the horizontally opposed, overhead cam six-cylinder engine received a boost in horsepower to 282 BHP. Three new models were also added to the lineup and body styles included a 2+2 coupe and a cabriolet. The Targa nameplate returned with a system different than the previous Targa models. Instead of the roof being removed, glass panels slid back behind an enlarged rear window.
The Carrera 4S models had the Turbo's wide wheel flares but did not have the Turbo's spoiler. The twin-turbocharged six had the same engine as the base 911 but with the twin turbochargers (K16 turbos) engaged, horsepower was rated at 400 BHP. The power was sent to all four wheels giving the car a 0-60 mph time of just 3.7 seconds. The 993 Turbo was the final iteration of Porsche's air-cooled sports car, equipped with a six-speed transaxle and twin turbochargers. The United States market received 1,297 examples of the 993 Turbo for 1996.
The 993 Turbo had been introduced the previous year, with features that included the electronically controlled, viscous coupling, all-wheel-drive system. This was the first time an AWD system was offered on a turbocharged model since the 959. To cope with the increase in power, the Turbo had bigger brakes, wider tires, wider body, and a lower stance. Zero-to-sixty mph took a mere 3.7 seconds with 100 mph achieved in 5.7 seconds.
The Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.8 was the road-going version built to homologate the 3.8-liter RSR for competition in BPR GT3 and GT4 racing. The 3.8-liter normally aspirated Type M64/20 engine developed 300 horsepower at 6,500 RPM and 262 foot-pounds of torque at 5,400 RPM. It used a Variocam variable-length intake system from Porsche, newly designed forged pistons of reduced height, and a relocated wrist-pin. It used dual oil coolers and lightened rocker arms. The engine was backed by a Type G50/31 six-speed manual transmission with the gearing optimized for acceleration rather than top speed. Modifications to the suspension included a front strut brace, adjustable anti-roll bars with five positions for the 24-mm front bar, and three positions for the 21-mm rear unit. It also received ball-joint front damper mounts, a limited-slip differential, and anti-lock brakes from the 993 Turbo and ADB traction control.
To put the power to the wheels, the Porsche Carrera RS 3.8 used 265/35ZR-18R tires in the rear, and 225/40ZR-18 tires in the front are mounted on specially made 18-inch 'Speedline for Porsche' three-piece, light-alloy wheels with magnesium centers, which are 9-in. wide in the front and 11-in. wide in the back.
All non-essential items were removed from the car helping it to achieve a 1,280kg overall weight. Items removed include the central locking, radio speakers, power-adjustable seats, electric windows and mirrors, sound insulation, airbags, the rear defroster, and the headliner. Porsche continued the weight reduction endeavors with thinner window glass, an aluminum front boot lid and doors, Recaro seats, and lightweight interior door panels with traditional fabric pulls.
Slightly more than a thousand examples of the Carrera RS were built and none were originally imported to the United States. by Daniel Vaughan | May 2013
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