1995 Porsche 911/993 RS 3.8
Perhaps the quickest and fastest normally aspirated Porsche 911 produced by the factory to date is the 1996 Carrera RS 3.8, and it is indeed a wolf in wolf’s clothing. There is no hiding the car’s intent, which is to cover ground in a hurry. This extremely rare and desirable automobile was the ultimate evolution of Porsche’s Type 993 chassis, and in turn, it was a step up from the 964 RS. As Porsche historian Karl Ludvigsen wrote in his authoritative Excellence Was Expected, the RS 3.8 was one of several models built to fulfil the company’s grass-roots commitment to GT racing.
It was based on the Carrera Cup competition car and specifically conceived as a homologation special in a great enough quantity (at least 50 units) to qualify it for the BPR GT3 and GT4 categories as the RSR 3.8. It was offered only to the European market and appeared after the original 3.6-litre engine RS of 1992 had gone out of production. The 3.8, says Ludvigsen, represented the first major alteration to the 964’s air-cooled six. The standard 3.6-litre engine of the Carrera RS was bumped up to 3,746 cubic centimeters by an increase in its bore to 102 millimeters, but it still retained the RS’s standard 76.4-millimetre stroke.
The 3,746 cc air-cooled horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with Varioram and Motronic engine management and six-speed manual transmission Produces 300 bhp.
Independent front suspension with McPherson struts, Bilstein coil-over dampers, and an adjustable anti-roll bar with independent rear suspension with semi-trailing arms, and four-wheel servo-assisted disc brakes round out the handling package on a 2,271 mm wheelbase.
This engine, the Type M64/20, is fitted with Porsche’s innovative Varioram variable-length intake system, and with 11.6:1 compression, it produces a very healthy 300 brake horsepower at 6,500 rpm (with a 7,100 rpm limit) and 262 foot-pounds of torque at 5,400 rpm.
The 3.8 boasts newly designed forged pistons of reduced height and a relocated wrist-pin, both of which help keep piston weight below that of the base motor. The new engine also features dual oil coolers and lightened rocker arms. The latest version (2.10) of the Bosch Motronic engine-management system keeps tight control over both the twin-plug ignition and the fuel delivery through individual port throttle bodies. A new hot-film sensor has replaced the previous flapper-valve arrangement, and at the exhaust end of the equation, waste gasses are fed through a pair of catalytic converters and out the twin tailpipes.
Along with the engine updates, an important component of this competition-oriented machine is to make it as light as possible. The RS was brought down to a svelte 1,280 kilograms by deleting such amenities as the headliner, electric windows, electric mirrors, central locking, intermittent windscreen wipers, radio speakers, power-adjustable seats, a rear defroster, airbags, and sound insulation. Removal of all these bits resulted in an effective weight loss of 100 kilograms. The 3.8 RS package added a number of performance features to the car, which included thinner window glass (reminiscent of that used on the famed 1973 RS 2.7), simplified interior lighting, an alloy front boot lid and doors, lightweight interior door cards, Recaro sports seats, a front strut brace, ball-joint front damper mounts, and adjustable anti-roll bars with five positions for the 24-millimetre front bar and three positions for the 21-millimetre rear piece. There was also a limited-slip differential, an anti-lock system for the 993 Turbo brakes with “Big Red” callipers, ABD traction control, and bodywork, which included a large adjustable fiberglass Sport Group 1 rear wing with ram-air intakes in place of the modest fixed tail spoiler that came on the lesser RS.
There are also special rocker panel fairings and small winglets at the front corners of the deeper front spoiler, both of which were shown in wind-tunnel testing to assist in guiding air past the wheel openings, and air ducts are present in the nose to assist with brake cooling. Many examples were fitted with positive-latching external hold-down clips on both their engine lids and front bonnet lids. Inside, the cockpit boasts drilled pedals and an additional dead-pedal, a centre storage console, a 930 S-style steering wheel, and an emergency ignition shut-off.
Its power is delivered through a Type G50/31 six-speed manual transmission, with its gearing optimized for acceleration rather than top speed. Immense 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-inches wide in the front and 11-inches wide in the back.
Some of the RS 3.8s were ordered with various creature comforts by purchasers who planned to use their cars primarily on the street, and this fine example is amongst them. One of only one thousand fourteen factory-built RS 3.8’s.
Finished in Polar Silver metallic with a Black and Blue leather interior, 390226 was completed on July 3, 1995 and was delivered to first owner, Yuzuki Pro Co. Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan, on August 30,1995.
Options include: a higher-amperage battery, automatic air conditioning, power windows, power steering, integrated rear spoiler, driver and passenger air bags, Bridgestone tires, locking differential, level control system, wheel locks, 6-speed manual transmission, H4 headlights for left hand traffic and a 75 Liter fuel tank.
It is supplied with its registration documents, correct manuals, and service records, which date back to 1998 and confirm that the car had been driven just over 40,000 miles by its Japanese owner. This 911 has recently been imported to the US, and the odometer now shows just over 41,000 miles.
This beautiful example offers its next owner a stunning package of exciting looks and thrilling performance, and it would make a wonderful addition to any serious collection of Porsche automobiles.
Because this car was never intended for import to the U.S., making it even more rare in this country,[p 390226 is registered as a Show or Display Vehicle with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The new owner must apply for and be granted Show or Display status with the NHTSA.
This requirement ends when the vehicle reaches 25 years, in 2020.
Exterior Color: Polar Silver Metallic
Interior Color: Black/blue leatherette with leather inserts
Body Style: Coupe
Engine: 3.8 Liter
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Drive Type: RWD
Fuel Type: Gasoline