Thursday, July 5, 2007

The Porsche 964, part 2

The Speedster, a low-roof convertible version of the 964, returned in October 1992. Based on the Carrera 2, the Speedster was available either in standard or in lightweight, Clubsport trim. Unlike its predecessor, the 911 Speedster, the 964 Speedster was not available with the "Turbo-Look" wider rear arches. As a result, the sales of the 964 edition were disappointing: only 925 units were built in two years, vs 2065 for the previous generation, including 1984 "Turbo-Look". Still, 20 very exclusive "Turbo-Look" units were made as special orders.

Porsche introduced the 964 Turbo model in 1991 as the successor to the 930. Unfortunately, they hadn't had the necessary time to develop a turbocharged version of the 3.6 litre M64 engine, and choose to re-use the 3.3 litre engine from the 930, with several minor revisions that made the engine smoother, less prone to turbo-lag and more powerful, with a total output of 320 bhp (235 kW) @ 5750 rpm. 3,660 964 Turbos were built in total.

Porsche released the 964 Turbo 3.6, also sometimes referred to as the 964 Turbo II three years later in 1994, now featuring a turbocharged version of the 3.6 litre M64 engine and producing 360 bhp (265 kW) @ 5500 rpm, the 3.6 litre powered Turbo was produced only for the 1994 model year, with fewer than 2,000 of them produced in total, making it one of the rarest and most sought after Porsches produced since the 959.

In 1994, the Turbo S was also introduced. With a power of 385 hp, it was one of the fastest cars on the road. The Turbo S was available either with the traditional 964 Turbo 3.6 body, or with the exclusive Flatnose (Flachbau) aka Slantnose option. Option X83 (Japan), X84 (ROW) and X85 (USA), the Turbo S Flatnose, was available in the U.S.A. as a $60,179 USD option on top of the base price $99,000 USD Turbo 3.6. The "Flatnose" option was available when ordering the no charge '36S' option '1994 Turbo "S" Model'. In addition to the Flatnose fenders, it also included the 'X88' option or 'Turbo S' motor, the 'X92' Exclusive front spoiler, 'X93' Exclusive rear spoiler and 'X99' Exclusive rear fender vents. The flatnose option was designed around the model 968 front end for the ROW and USA versions and the 930 style Turbo S front end for Japan (right down to the sill covers on the fenders). 39 Models were made for US markets, 27 for the Rest of the world, and 10 for Japan all in Polar Silver.

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