993 Series (1994-1998)

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The Porsche 911, type 993 represents the final configuration of the original 911 series. Back in 1993, the Porsche engineers and designers began work on the type 993, smoothly resculpting the body, redesigning the 282 horsepower flat-6 engine, and adding a totally new suspension. The result was released in the form of a 1995 model - The New 911 Carrera.




There were six variations of the 993 Model as follows : Carrera, Carrera4, Carrera S, Carrera 4S, Targa and Turbo.

Introduced for the 1994 model year, the first few 993 were registered in Europe in September 1993. Actually called just 'Carrera' rather than Carrera 2, all the same these were 2 wheel drive with 272hp and a genuine top speed of 168mph (tried and tested!).

For the 1995 model the Tiptronic S option became available. This is nice in town, operates really well, no real reliability problems, the only disadvantage being less vigorous performance than the six speed manual.

As usual with new models from Porsche the Coupe was introduced first then the cabriolet. Later (for the '96 series) the Glass roof Targa was introduced.

Although Porsche continually refine and improve their range every year, the next major change was the introduction of the 285hp 'Varioram' motor for the 1996 series.

993 Carrera 4.

The new 993 model Carrera 4 became available for 1995 with a further simplified four-wheel drive system and ABD (Automatic Brake Differential) which was a form of traction control (available as an option for 2 wheel drive 993). The new system now added only 50 kg's extra weight to the car, a worthwhile reduction from the previous 964 C4 model.

In addition the 4 wheel drive system gave a little better balance to the handling of the 993, compared to the previous 964, without any noticeable performance penalty.

The C4 models were more costly new (about $6000) and available in coupe or convertible body styles, but only with manual gearbox. On the used market Carrera 4 may cost a little more than Carrera 2.

Visually the 2 and 4 wheel drive cars looked almost identical other than the Carrera 4 had white indicators on the front and red on the back compared to the Carrera's which are orange on the front, plus C4 had silver painted brake callipers.



993 Targa

During 1994 Porsche announced that a Targa version of the 993 would not be available. However in 1995 a new Targa was introduced. Totally different from the Targa's of previous models - this was an elegant (and complex) system of sliding glass with electric operation based on the chassis of a convertible.

The roof of the car is composed of 3 glass panels (a wind deflector, the sunroof and the rear screen).

The main panel can be electrically operated to slide down inside the rear screen of the car, emulating a Cabriolet. Meanwhile the glass wind deflector motors up and reduces interior wind buffeting. Additionally a 'blind' motors in to hide inside the headlining above the sun visors.

The cars start life as a cabriolet body with the 'Targa' assembly bolted into place.
The '993 Targa' is very desirable and used prices reflect this.

To drive you have a choice of options;

1/ With the roof shut and blind in place it is like driving a coupe;

2/ With the roof shut and the blind retracted you have a panoramic view, very light and quite special;

3/ Next you can open the first section of glass, a flip up wind deflector which gives nice fresh air circulation;

4/ Or you can slide open the whole glass panel (it slides inside the rear screen) and have an open air Porsche

There are some compromises. The system is complex, you have a little more wind noise at speed and the chance of minor water ingress through the frameless door glass. Incidentally the roof glass is treated to reflect heat so you won't bake.

The 993 Targa was introduced for the 1996 model year, so all examples are likely to be 285hp varioram cars. Like most things Porsche, there are anomalies, for example I found a very early Targa registered July 1995 with a 272hp motor. Porsche 993 Targa were only available as 2 wheel drive, manual or tiptronic.

The Targa had a unique alloy wheel. 17" in two pieces, the centre secured to the rim by 24 Bolts. Regular single piece 17" Cup design were optional.

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Year: 1993 993 Carrera Manual
Layout: Rear-engined Rear Wheel Drive
Engine: Flat-6, SOHC, 2 valves per cylinder Motronic, twin-spark, 2-stage resonance intake
Capacity: 3600 cc
Bore / Stroke: 100 x 76.4 mm
Power: 272 hp @ 6100 rpm
Torque: 330Nm @ 5000rpm
Transmission: M64/05
Engine Weight: 232 kg
Suspension: -
Dimensions: Length: 4245 mm
Width: 1735 mm
Height: 1300 mm
Wheelbase: 2272 mm
Front Track: 1405 mm
Rear Track: 1444 mm
Wheels: Front: 7Jx16
Rear: 9Jx16
Tyres: Front: 205/55ZR16
Rear: 245/45ZR16
Weight: 1370 kg
Top Speed: 169 mph
0-60 mph: 5.2 sec
0-100 mph: 12.9 sec


Year: 1995 993 Carrera Manual
Layout: Rear-engined Rear Wheel Drive
Engine: Flat-6, SOHC, 2 valves per cylinderMotronic, twin-spark, 2-stage resonance intake, Varioram
Capacity: 3600 cc
Bore / Stroke: 100 x 76.4 mm
Power: 285 HP @ 6100 rpm
Torque: 340 NM @ 5250 rpm
Compression: 11.3 : 1
Engine Weight: 239 kg
Transmission: M64/21
Suspension: -
Dimensions: Length: 4245 mm
Width: 1735 mm
Height: 1300 mm
Wheelbase: 2272 mm
Front Track: 1405 mm
Rear Track: 1444 mm
Wheels: Front: 7Jx17 H2
Rear: 9Jx17 H2
Tyres: Front: 205/50 ZR17
Rear: 255/40 ZR17
Weight: 1400 kg
Top Speed: 172 mph
0-100 kph: 5.4 sec
0-100 mph: 12.9 sec




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