Porsche’s GT range, at least as we understand it today, began with the 993 GT2. That rear-wheel drive, 444 horsepower, aggressively flared monster was the first use of the GT moniker on a modern Porsche. However, the car that came to define the GT line, the GT3, has much more in common with this car; the Carrera RS. Though it does not share the GT name, this 993 shares many of the hallmarks of the GT3 road cars. Though power was up only slightly compared to contemporary Carreras, the RS primarily improved performance by shedding weight. Indeed, the Carrera RS is 600lbs lighter than a 993 Turbo. Just 1,104 were produced over the model’s two year run, and Doug DeMuro is here to show you its quirks and features.
A Porsche of this stature may call for more than even Doug’s typical exuberance, so please accept this very excited German man as a substitute. While Mr. DeMuro’s usual videos focus on the many pieces of equipment found in most modern cars, the Carrera RS is rather the opposite. The RS is defined mostly by what it lacks compared to a standard 993. Without rear seats, door pockets, or a sunroof, the car doesn’t have much in the way of gadgets to keep Doug entertained. As a result, this is one of his shortest features in quite some time.
Though it was not officially a GT car, this 296 horsepower, lightweight, naturally-aspirated 993 shares much of what makes the later water-cooled GT3 cars so appealing. Though down on power, even compared to the earliest 996 GT3, the 2,750lb Carrera RS remains a potent performer today. Just look at Doug’s face from behind the wheel.