Based on the previous 964 but with a new rear suspension set up, six speed gearbox and an aerodynamically improved body. The new all alloy multi-link suspension made the notoriously tail happy 911 more stable, particularly when lifting off mid-corner and also improved the ride quality. The 3.6 litre M64 engine was a development of the unit employed in the 964 and gave 275bhp.
The 993RS follows the same path as the earlier 911RS in being a lighter and more powerful variant of an already extremely capable sports car. 100 Kgs lighter and with a 300bhp 3.8 litre engine, improved aerodynamics and bespoke ”Speedline for Porsche” 18” modular wheels.
This 1995, right drive Porsche 993RS (one of only 44) was originally ordered by Jebsen Porsche (now Porsche Hong Kong) for display at the Hong Kong motor show.
The car was bought from the stand at the show by a Doctor Min of Kowloon as shown in the original, stamped service manual. The second owner was a Mr Chu who had the car upgraded to ClubSport (CS) specification. This included the CS front and rear spoilers, Bilstein springs/shocks package, CS transmission upgrade with closer ratios and the GT2 clutch. The Porsche CS cage was fitted (it is discrete and does not interfere with the interior comfort) and the Cup Sports exhaust replaced the standard system.
Max Fletcher took the car to New Zealand in 2006 and sold it to David McAlpine, it then joined Paul Halford’s well known collection and this 993RS was aquired by the previous owner in 2011.
This particular 993RS is sensational to drive, it has a fabulous raw, guttural sound and is very fast even by modern Porsche standards. The 3.8 litre flat 6 (unique to the 993RS) has huge torque, pulls like a train from low engine revs and between 3000-6000rpm is tremendously quick in any gear. Unbelievably 6th gear is a practical touring gear with ample overtaking ability. The ride around town is firm but not harsh due to the expensive Bilstein suspension package that also makes open road touring a pleasure. The gearchange has a sharp, direct feel allied to the GT2 clutch which is relatively light with immense bite (no clutch slip). The RS is relatively easy to drive but with a real race-car sense of occasion.
Rare in right drive, this matching numbers 993 RS is in excellent order and is one of the very best available anywhere. The car’s paintwork, underbody and interior trim are in good order with no corrosion, any blemishes having been well attended to during its 19years on the road, likewise, both the front compartment and rear engine bay present very well. A set of Carrera Cup wheels come with the car as attractive spares or for use at Porsche Club track days, the wheels are shod with correct Bridgestone S02 tyres in excellent condition.
This is a beautiful 993RS, a sublime driver’s car and an excellent investment.