Porsche 993 Introduction:
The Mid 90’s was a time of great change in the world of high-performance cars. Computer technology was pulling us out of the dark ages of carburetion and Porsche was making incredible advances in power and suspension. From 1995 to 1998 the Porsche 911 was known internally as the 993 chassis. It was launched in Europe for the 1993 model year, but DOT regulations kept it from us for 2 years. We’re going to cover these cars a bit differently than we have for other brands, mainly because the 993 series has many changes and variants in its limited run. All except the RS were powered by the final evolution of the air-cooled 3.6 liter flat six in turbo or normally aspirated versions.
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Before You Buy, Be Sure To Compare The Other 993 Series 911s:
Our goal is to help you find the 911 that’s right for you. With that in mind, we have composed a five-part series of articles that cover the most popular 993 models. Starting with the base model Carrera and Cabriolet below, we invite you to come along for a journey of Targas, Turbos, Turbo S‘ and the widebody Carrera 4S. The Carrera RS along with the Turbo Cabriolet were both extremely limited production, so we’ll leave them to museum curators.
How To Buy a Porsche 993:
Each part of this series will start with an overview of the model followed with a “How To Buy” section below. As always, if you need more information our dealers will be happy to help you. With a production run lasting only 4 years, you might think your choices are limited. But fear not, Porsche but a generous number of 993 series 911 coupes and convertibles. Aside from having the car inspected, your first task is to drive it. All modern Porsches have unsurpassed handling and agility, but the 90s was a transition period. You might not like the chassis flex or classic looking interior, but the aftermarket has embraced these 911s with a host of available upgrades. Porsche maintains a good inventory of replacement parts so your local dealer might be a good starting point. The model year 1996 was the first year of the VarioRam intake, which offered 285 horsepower. Values for 1995 cars tend to be lower because its fixed intake was limited to 272 hp. In this series of 993 comparisons, each body style will cover issues of their own along with a few tips that apply to all 95-98 cars. These are meant to be short enough to read at your leisure, but please tell us which car you would buy once you reach the end. Find a Crystal Pepsi and get ready for a 90’s throwback.
- Horsepower: 268 (1995) 286(96-97)
- Torque (lb-ft): 243
- 0-60 mph (seconds): 4.7
- 0-100 mph (seconds): 12.1
- 1/4 Mile: 13.4 @ 104 mph
- Weight (lbs): 3,080
- Production: 22,271