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Porsche introduced the lightweight 964 Carrera RS in 1991, based on the Carrera Cup competition model. The RS recalled the historic 2.7 and 3.0 RS and RSR homologation specials of the 1970s, and was sold only in Europe.
Designer Tony Lapine introduced the 964 in 1989 as the latest 911. The 964 was said to be 87% new, the suspension revised, and rear torsion bars replaced by tubular shocks and coil springs. Engine size was increased to 3,605 cc, and RS motors were blueprinted. The flywheel was lightened for quicker response, and the G50/10 5-speed transaxle featured close ratios, an asymmetrical limited-slip differential, and steel synchromesh. The suspension was lowered 40 mm; springs and shock absorbers were stiffened, and the rear spoiler automatically extended at 50 mph.
The 964 Carrera RS interior eliminated air-conditioning and all power accessories. Recaro bucket seats carried four-point harnesses, and rear seats were deleted. Lighter doors and an aluminium hood were fitted, seam welding strengthened the chassis, and the side and rear windows were thinner. The car rode on 17" Cup Design magnesium wheels and overall, the 964 Carrera RS was 345 lbs. lighter. Performance included 0–60 mph in under 5.3 seconds, a quarter-mile in 13.4 seconds, and top speed of 162 mph.
This Porsche was completed on February 14, 1992, and sold to the German Bilstein suspension company, which had world champion rally driver Walter Röhrl inspect it and take a turn behind the wheel. Röhrl scored 14 WRC victories in his career, and Niki Lauda called him a genius. Röhrl was the first driver to crack 11 minutes at the 14.42-mile Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 1987, when it was mostly gravel, and he was voted Best Rally Driver Ever by 100 world motorsport experts. An extensive photographic file, showing Röhrl in and around this car, accompanies the sale.
This car was imported to England in 2008 and reportedly driven only 7,000 km by one owner in five years. In 2013, an engine rebuild and other mechanical refurbishment was completed by Porsche expert Neil Bainbridge of BS Motorsport Ltd. The bodywork and wheels were refinished by Unit Twenty Four at the same time. Invoices in the car’s file carefully chronicle this work and include a dyno sheet showing the engine producing a prodigious 271 hp. The RS has traveled only approximately 1,500 km since the work was completed and remains in very good condition.
This significant 964 Carrera RS is accompanied by a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, comprehensive history file, factory leather pouch, service and handbook, space-saver tire, tool roll, and jack. This unique example combines extreme desirability with significant history.