Two-door, two+two Coupe, Convertible and Targa. Rear-mounted six-cylinder air-cooled 'boxer' engine, rear and four-wheel drive. For a company that had very little left in the piggy bank and suffering from an economic and sales downturn, Porsche's engineers pulled off a remarkable achievement when developing the 964-series 911.
This latest 911 was '87 per cent new' over the model it replaced, and the big news surrounding the 964 was the increased capacity flat-six and the introduction of a four-wheel drive transmission. This resulted in the gearbox and rear final drive having two electronically-controlled wet clutches, limiting slip in both the centre and rear differentials. A torque tube connected the centre and front diffs. The torque split was 31:60 front-to-rear.
Joining the new C4 was a Carrera 2 Coup6, Cabriolet and Targa models, three Turbo variants: 320hp 3.3-litre, 360hp 3.6-litre, and a limited run 381hp Turbo S. The stripped-out 964 RS and limited run 3.8 RS were available from 1992. Overlooked by many, the 964 offers an affordable entry into classic 911 ownership, although they require regular maintenance and some TLC. Two-door, two+two Coupe, Convertible and Targa. Rear-mounted six-cylinder air-cooled 'boxer' engine, rear- and four-wheel drive. Argued by many to be the most beautiful 911 design of all, the
993-series cars are also the best engineered and, for many purists, the pinnacle of the
The last of the air-cooled 91 Is had it all: pace, grace and, for once, a bit of space. The entry-level Carrera 2 was all you ever really needed, but who could resist the appeal of the Carrera RS or, for the first time, the all-wheel drive, twin-turbocharged Turbo? For the seriously brave there was the GT2 and those after the Turbo look without the go could always opt for the Carrera 2S and 4S.
The 993 also saw the introduction of VarioRam (in 1996). This controlled the length of the engine's induction tracts, and at low and medium engine speeds longer tracts provided a fuller torque curve, while at higher engine speeds the shorter induction length delivered higher peak power outputs.