1 Feb 1994
The last of the air-cooled Porsches gained an all-new rear suspension and extensive bodywork revisions, including laid-back headlights and raised taillights.
Yet it was still fundamentally based on the original mid-60s 911.
The Carrera arrived in two-door Coupe and Cabriolet convertible guises, as well as Carrera 2 rear-wheel drive and Carrera 4 four-wheel drive formats, with a 200kW/330Nm 3.0-litre air-cooled flat six-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed manual or a Tiptronic automatic gearbox.
From November ’94 to October ’95 the Carrera 4 models enjoyed a modest torque increase of 20Nm.
This engine was boosted to 210kW and 340Nm in October ’95, while retaining its 3000cc capacity, but only for the Carrera Coupe 2 and 4, Carrera Cabriolet 4 and new Targa that featured a sliding glass roof.
At the same time the ‘Turbo look’ wide-bodied Carrera 4S models arrived with the same powerplants as above, with the rear-drive models getting it from October ’96.
Other 993 variants included the 221kW/355Nm 3.8-litre six-speed manual air-cooled flat-six RS Clubsport and RS Touring Coupe (‘95/6), and towering 911 Turbo Coupe, delivering 265kW/520Nm via a five-speed manual gearbox.
Discontinued in March ’94, it was replaced by a 300kW/540Nm 3.6-litre 911 Turbo 4 Coupe from mid-’95. This car was also available in a Turbo S wide body in 1998.