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Porsche 993 Facts

Porsche 993
Porsche 993 Carrera
Manufacturer Porsche
Also called Porsche 911
Porsche Carrera
Production 1993–1998
Assembly Stuttgart, Germany
Predecessor Porsche 964
Successor Porsche 996
Class sports car
Body style(s) 2-door coupe
2-door convertible
Layout Rear engine, rear-wheel drive /four-wheel drive
Engine(s) 3.6 L H6
3.8 L H6
Transmission(s) 4-speed automatic
5 & 6-speed manual
Wheelbase 89.4 in (2271 mm)
Length 1993-95: 168.3 in (4275 mm)
1996-98: 167.7 in (4260 mm)
Width 1993-95 Coupe: 65.0 in (1651 mm)
1993-95 Convertible: 69.9 in (1775 mm)
1996-98 Coupe: 68.3 in (1735 mm)
1996-98 Convertible: 70.7 in (1796 mm)
Height 1993-95: 51.6 in (1311 mm)
Speedster: 50.4 in (1280 mm)
1996-98: 51.8 in (1316 mm)
Designer Tony Hatter

The Porsche 993 is the company's internal name for the version of the Porsche 911 model manufactured and sold between late 1993 and early 1998, replacing the 964. Its discontinuation marked the end of air-cooled Porsches.

Like previous and future generations of the Porsche 911, there were several variants of the car manufactured, varying in body style, drivetrains, and included equipment. The Porsche 993 was replaced by the Porsche 996.

Citing cost reasons the designer of the Porsche 993 used the doors of the Porsche 964 in the design of the Porsche 993; along with the flat-6 engines (and gearbox in 2wd variants) these are reported to be only major components carried over.


Technical improvements

One of the changes in the 993 over preceding 911s is the implementation of an all-alloy multi-arm rear suspension attached to an all-alloy subframe. Its design was derived from the project 989, a four-door sedan which never went into production, and was later continued in the 993's successor, type 996. It required the aforementioned widening of the rear wheel arches, which itself helped the 993's stability. This suspension improved the 993's cornering abilities, making it more direct and more stable and helping to reduce the tendency to oversteer if throttle was lifted during hard cornering, a trait of earlier 911s. It also reduced interior noise and improved ride quality.

The 993 was the first generation of 911 to have a standard six-speed manual transmission; previous cars, except for the Porsche 959, had 4- or 5-speed gearboxes. In virtually every situation, it was possible to keep the engine in its best torque range above 4500 rpm. The Carrera / Carrera S / Cabriolet and Targa models (2WD) were available with a "Tiptronic" 4-speed automatic transmission, first introduced in the 964. Beginning with model year 1995, Porsche offered the Tiptronic S with additional steering wheel mounted controls and refined software for smoother, quicker shifts. Since the 993's introduction, the Tiptronic is capable of recognizing climbs and descents.

Further, the 993's optional all wheel drive system was refined over that of the 964. Porsche departed from the 964's setup consisting of three differentials and revised the system based on the layout from its 959 supercar, replacing the centre differential with a viscous coupling unit. In conjunction with the 993's redesigned and recalibrated suspension, this system improved handling characteristics and still retained the stability offered by AWD without having to suffer compromises in understeer. Its simpler layout also reduced the system's weight.

Other improvements include a new dual-flow exhaust, larger brakes with drilled discs, and revised power steering.

993 Variants

Carrera Coupe / Cabriolet

The Carrera represented the "base model" of the 993, and was available in rear and all-wheel drive versions. It was equipped with the naturally aspirated 3.6 liter M64 engine, further developed from the 964 and combined with a new dual-flow exhaust system now incorporating two catalytic converters. In contrast to the Type 964, Porsche deleted the "2" from the rear-wheel drive "Carrera" name tag. However among enthusiasts, to differentiate between the rear-wheel and all-wheel drive variants of the Type 993 Carrera they were (and still are) commonly referred to as "C2" and "C4", respectively.

The options list for the 993 Carrera (and most other variants) was extensive and offered the possibility to easily configure highly individualized cars, depending on the amount of money a buyer was willing to spend. Options included up to five different styles of wheels, various suspension set-ups, at least three different seat styles (comfort, sport, racing), uncountable upholstery options including the possibility to have almost any interior element of the car covered with leather, wood or carbon fiber, and various hi-fi systems including digital sound processing. Further, Porsche offered the option to a customer to have their car painted in any color that they may desire if the standard palette wasn't satisfactory. Even more, the Tequipment- and Exclusive-Programs added further options and built to order almost any specific wishes of customers such as special consoles, fax-machines or even brightly colored interior upholstery.

The Cabriolet, introduced 1995, features a fully electrical and hand-stitched softtop reinforced with metal sheets and an automatic windblocker.

Both coupe and cabriolet versions were available with all-wheel drive under the tag 'Carrera 4'. From the outside the Carrera 4 is distinguishable by clear front turn markers and rear red markers (each instead of orange). The brake calipers are painted silver as is the 'Carrera 4' badge on the hood. The center wheelcaps carry the Carrera 4 logo instead of the Porsche crest.

In contrast to most of the following other variants, production of the Carrera Coupe and Cabriolet ceased with the end of model year 1997, except for a very few produced in a shortened 1998 model year.


Porsche 993 Targa


The Targa version of the 993 was introduced in model year 1996 and saw the debut of a retractable glass roof, a design continued on the 996 and 997 Targa. The glass roof would retract underneath the rear window revealing a large opening. A shade was there to help prevent the greenhouse effect of the closed roof. This system was a complete redesign, as previous Targa models had a removable roof section and a wide B-pillar functioning as a roll bar. The new glass roof design allowed the 993 Targa to retain the same side-on profile as the other 911 Carrera variants and finished with the inconvenience of storing the removed top of the old system. The Targa has the body of the convertible with the Targa glass roof replacing the fabric roof.

The Targa was equipped with distinctive 2-piece 17-inch (430 mm) wheels, which could be ordered as an option on all cars not having standard 18-inch (460 mm) wheels. Problems with the Targa include heat in the cabin, creaking noises on rough roads and a very complicated and unreliable mechanism.

Production Numbers: 1996:ROW 1980 US/Canada 462 1997:ROW 1276 US/Canada 567 1998:ROW 212 US/Canada 122 Total Production Run 993 911 Targa: 4619


993 TT in Westend Frankfurt


The 993 Turbo coupe was released in 1995. It featured a new turbocharged engine displacing 3.6 liters. Twin turbochargers and air-to-air intercoolers, electronic engine management, redesigned cylinder heads and other modified engine internals were used. The 993 Turbo was the first Porsche Turbo with all wheel drive. The electronic engine management helped the Turbo to achieve fuel efficiency far superior to any of the previous production Turbos. In connection with two catalytic converters and an on-board-diagnostics-system including four oxygen-sensors, it also made the 993 Turbo the cleanest sports car at its time. The Turbo's bodywork differs from the Carrera body by widened rear wheel arches (approximately 6 cm), redesigned front and rear bumper moldings, and a fixed rear wing housing the intercoolers. New 18-inch (460 mm) alloy wheels with weight-reducing hollow spokes were standard.

This was one of the first production cars in the world to have OBDII diagnostics (the 3.8 liter and track versions didn't have it, and the normally aspirated 993s didn't get it until 1996). The 993 Turbo was the fastest production car in the world when it was produced. All turbos since have had water cooled heads. The car also had brakes that were larger than those on the base Carrera model. The 993 Turbo model was the fastest stopping car in production at the time and was tested going 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds, and stopping from 60 mph (97 km/h) to 0 in 2.3 seconds.

Within the 1996 through 1998 production run, there were two distinct differences - the 1996 and the later ones. The 1997s and 1998s had the following differences from the 1996s: 1 - Stronger transmission input shafts (a known weakness due to the combination of immense power and AWD). 2 - An ECU that was able to be flashed and modified (the 1996 was not modifiable). 3 - With the addition of a Porsche child seat, the passenger airbag was cutoff, thereby fostering a new generation of enthusiasts. 4 - Motion sensors for the alarm that were integrated into the map light above the rear view mirror. 5 - Standard wheel center caps that said "turbo" (the 1996 version had Porsche crests).

Turbo S

During the second to the last year of production of the 993 (1997), Porsche offered the 993 Turbo S. Ultimately 183 cars were sold. The Turbo S is a high-spec Turbo including a power upgrade to 424 hp (SAE) for the American market and to 450 hp (DIN) in other markets. The inclusion of extras including carbonfibre decoration in the interior makes it different from the earlier lightweight, spartan 964 Turbo S. The 993 Turbo S is recognized by yellow brake calipers, a slightly larger rear wing, a 4-pipe exhaust and air scoops behind the doors. This was the last of the air-cooled Turbos. 12 Turbo S cars were delivered to Australia.

Carrera 4S / Carrera S

The Carrera 4 S (1996) and later Carrera S (1997) shared the Turbo model's bodyshell, but housed the naturally aspirated Carrera engine in the rear. The 4S came with four-wheel drive, and retained the Turbo model's larger brake discs with the characteristic red calipers. It could be described as a "Turbo without the turbochargers and rear wing", whereas the S was in all aspects a standard Carrera underneath (the wider rear fenders were compensated with 31 mm (1.2 in) wheel spacers). Both S models had slightly lowered suspension compared to standard Carrera models. Although a Carrera S Cabriolet was never officially offered by the factory, a small number (believed to be 5) were special ordered through the Porsche Exclusive department in 1997 and sold as 1998 models by Beverly Hills Porsche in California. The wide body is widely acclaimed for its rear looks, but creates more aerodynamic drag, leading to slightly lower top speeds compared to the narrower siblings (about 5 km/h).

Carrera RS

Porsche 911 (993) Carrera RS Clubsport


The Carrera RS is a lightweight variant of the Carrera. It features a naturally aspirated 3.8 liter engine with 300 hp (DIN). On the outside it is easily distinguishable by a special non-retractable rear wing, small front flaps and 3-piece 18-inch (460 mm) aluminum wheels. The headlight washers were deleted for weight saving reasons. Inside the rear seats were removed, and special racing seats and spartan door cards were installed. Sound proofing was also reduced to a minimum.

There are further RS variants, in particular a track-oriented Carrera RS Clubsport (also referred to as the RSR in some countries) with relatively limited road usability. The Clubsport came equipped with a welded roll cage and certain comfort features such as carpets, power windows, air conditioning and radio were deleted. Externally it sports a larger rear wing and deeper chin spoiler than the standard RS.

The Carrera RS was produced in model years 1995 and 1996. It was street legal in European and many other countries around the world, but was not approved for export to the United States. As with the relative low production-quantity RS variants of earlier 911 types, some Porsche owners will turn to the standard Carrera and modify it into an RS clone as an enthusiast's attempt to own something that otherwise is unobtainable due to the rarity and consequent high market value of the RS. The practice, often using authentic Porsche-sourced RS parts, is perhaps more common amongst U.S. owners, since the RS/RS Clubsport was never certified for sale there.


Porsche 993 GT2

The GT2 is the racing version of the Turbo. By the mid 1990s most of the sanctioning bodies of road racing had placed severe limitations if not outright bans on the use all-wheel drive systems, due in large part to Audi's earlier success in campaigning their various 4WD sedans in touring car races around the globe. It was in this atmosphere that in order to take their turbo-engined 993 racing, Porsche created the RWD-only GT2. The deletion of the front drivetrain also brought with it the benefit of significant weight savings to the competition car. To qualify the car for racing a limited number of street GT2s were created for homologation purposes, which are now highly prized and valued by Porsche 993 collectors. The interior treatment of the GT2 is similar to that of the sibling Carrera RS. On the exterior, the fenders of the Turbo have been cut back and replaced with bolt-on plastic pieces in order to accommodate large racing tires and to help ease the repairs of damage to the fenders that are an often reoccurring event in auto racing.

Until 1997, the street GT2 had almost the same engine as the Turbo, but operated with higher boost pressure and delivering 430 bhp (DIN). In model year 1998 it was raised to 450 bhp (DIN) and a twin ignition was added.

The many racing variants have different engine set-ups depending on the applicable racing series. By 1996 the factory-quoted power rating was 465 bhp @ 5,700 RPM and torque of 670 Nm @ 5,000 RPM. Power output came as high as 600 bhp (450 kW) in an "Evo" version designed for the GT1-series, which was ultimately replaced by the mid-engine 911 GT1.

Additionally, the rear deck lid of an original GT2 will also sport "911 GT" instead of "911 GT2".


The Speedster model, was a variant of the 993, with a lowered roof, and a redesigned interior.

In contrast to the G-model and the 964, Porsche never officially released a 993 Speedster. However, two were built by the factory: a dark green Speedster equipped with Tiptronic S and 17-inch (430 mm) wheels for Ferdinand Alexander Porsche (for his 60th anniversary) in 1995 and another wide-body, silver Speedster with manual transmission and 18-inch (460 mm) wheels for American TV star Jerry Seinfeld in 1998. The Seinfeld speedster was originally delivered as either a cabriolet or targa model and later sent back to the factory "Exclusive" department to be "rebuilt" as a speedster.

Turbo Cabriolet

After the 3.3 liter G-model Turbo convertible (1987–89), Porsche never officially offered an air-cooled Turbo convertible again. However, in 1995 a small number (believed to be 14) 993 Turbo Cabriolets were sold before the introduction of the 993 Turbo coupe. They featured the 360 hp (DIN) single-turbo engine of the 964 Turbo 3.6, a 5-speed manual transmission, rear-wheel drive and the wing of the 964 Turbo 3.6. This required a premium of DM 89,500 (or plus 62%) over the standard 993 Cabriolet's price.


The 993 is powered by the air-cooled Porsche flat-six. Porsche had begun employing this engine in the Porsche 901 in 1963 at 2 liters capacity with 130 hp (DIN) output.

Any engine in any 993 variant is a derivative of the M64. The standard, naturally aspirated M64/05(06) engine at 3.6 liters capacity is a refined version of the M64/01 installed in the 964 Carrera. At first, the M64/05(06) made 272 hp (DIN) through 1996, before Porsche switched to the VarioRam-equipped M64/21(22) engine, and power output increased to 285 hp (DIN). Slightly more powerful versions with 3.8 liter were available in the Carrera RS and as build-to-order options throughout the 993's lifespan.

The 3.6 liter twin turbo M64/60 engine uses two KKK K16 turbos and produces 408 hp (DIN), although more powerful versions (430 and 450 hp (DIN)) were available as build-to-order options, in the Turbo S, and in the GT2. Depending on the country, Porsche still offers 430 and 450 hp (DIN) kits for the Turbo.


Performance data: Porsche 993
Model (Source) 0-60 mph 0–100 km/h 0–160 km/h
(100 mph)
0–200 km/h 1/4 mile 1 km Top speed
Carrera 2 ROW 1994
- 5.6 s - - - - 270 km/h (168 mph)
Carrera 2 ROW 1994
(Auto Motor Sport 1993)
- 5.3 s 12.4 s 21.1 s - 24.7 s 267 km/h (166 mph)
Carrera 2 Tiptronic 1994
- 6.6 s - - - - 265 km/h (165 mph)
Carrera 2 3.8 300 hp ROW 1995
(Sport Auto 11/94)
- 5.2 s 11.4 s 18.7 s - - 287 km/h (178 mph)
Carrera 2 US 1995
(Road&Track Jan/94)
5.2 s - 13.3 s - 13.8 @ 102 mph (164 km/h) - est 168 mph (270 km/h)
Carrera 4 US 1995
(Road & Track Jan/95)
5.7 s - 14.0 s - 14.1 @ 100.5 mph (161.7 km/h) - est 168 mph (270 km/h)
Carrera 2 1996/1997
- 5.4 s 12.3 s - - - 275 km/h (171 mph)
Carrera 2 Tiptronic 1996/1997
- 6.4 s 13.8 s - - - 270 km/h (168 mph)
Carrera RS ROW 1996
(performance car Mar/96)
4.7 s - 11.2 s - 13.2 @ 109 mph (175 km/h) - -
Targa ROW 1996
(Auto Motor Sport 20/95)
5.5 5.5 s - 21.3 s - - 172 mph (277 km/h)
Carrera 4S ROW 1996
(Sport Auto 12/95)
- 5.5 s 13.2 s 23.0 s - - 290 km/h (180 mph)
Targa Tiptronic 1996
(Sport Auto Dec/95)
- 7.1 s 15.4 s 27.3 s - - 270 km/h (168 mph)
Carrera 4S US 1997
(Car and Driver Jun/96)
4.9 s - 12.8 s - 13.5 @ 102 mph (164 km/h) - 161 mph (259 km/h)
Carrera S 1997
(Sport Auto 02/97)
6.3 s 5.7 s 13.3 s 22.7 s - - 270 km/h (168 mph)
Turbocharged versions
Turbo 1995-1998
- 4.5 s - - - 23.0 s 290 km/h (180 mph)
Turbo 1995
(Auto Motor Sport 1995)
- 4.3 s 9.5 s 15.1 s - 22.4 s 291 km/h (181 mph)
GT 2 1995
(Auto Motor Sport 1995)
- 4.0 s 8.4 s 13.3 s - - 296 km/h (184 mph)
Turbo 1996
(Road&Track Jul/95)
3.9 s - 9.9 s - 12.5 @ 112.5 mph (181.1 km/h) - est 180 mph (290 km/h)
Turbo S 1998
(Car and Driver Jul/97)
3.7 s - 8.8 s - 12.2 @ 114 mph (183 km/h) - 188 mph (303 km/h)
Where identified ROW/US stand for applicable gear ratios

Production figures

Porsche Total Subseries total Grand total
993 C2 Coupé 272 PS 14,541 46,923 68,029[1]
993 C2 Cabrio 272 PS 7,730
993 C2 Coupé 285 PS 8,586
993 C2 Cabrio 285 PS 7,769
993 C2 Targa 285 PS 4,583
993 C2 Coupé S 3,714
993 C4 Coupé 272 PS 2,884 14,114
993 C4 Cabrio 272 PS 1,284
993 C4 Coupé 285 PS 1,860
993 C4 Cabrio 285 PS 1,138
993 C4 Coupé 4S 285 PS 6,948
993 Turbo 3.6 5,978 5,978
993 Carrera RS Coupé 1,014 1,014


  1. All figures from: Eberhard Kittler: Deutsche Autos seit 1990, vol. 6. Motorbuch Verlag, Stuttgart 2001, ISBN 3-613-02052-1, p. 361.

Further reading

  • Bongers, Marc (2004). Porsche - Serienfahrzeuge und Sportwagen seit 1948 (first edition). Motorbuch Verlag. ISBN 3-613-02388-1
  • Frère, Paul (2002). Die Porsche 911 Story (revised and last edition). Motorbuch Verlag. ISBN 3-613-02225-7
  • Streather, Adrian (2005). Porsche 993: The Essential Companion (first edition). Veloce Publishing. ISBN 1-904788-94-7
  • Porsche, Christophorus, Issue no. 5 (September) of 1993, pages 11 ff. ISSN 0412-3417

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