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The RS America Was the Cheapest Porsche 911 You Could Buy in 1993

In 1992, Porsche Cars North America felt the wild Carrera 3.8 RS was too aggressive for its market, but it did bring over a handful for a single-make race series, all federalized with correct lighting elements and an airbag. But after the American Carrera Cup was canceled due to lack of funding, the cars were quietly sold off.

Then, to keep the Americans happy, Porsche came out with the 1993 RS America. It was milder than the Carrera RS and sold only for two years. To save weight, it did without power steering, rear seats, door pockets, and most of its sound deadening. It did, however, get 17-inch wheels, a sport suspension, and a fixed ducktail spoiler replacing the motorized unit in the Carrera 2. Power Recaro seats, an optional sunroof, a cassette player, and air conditioning made sure the car would still meet American expectations. But who would pay for a sunroof instead of a limited-slip differential?

Sporting the Carrera 2’s 247-hp 3.6-liter flat-six, five-speed gearbox, and ABS brakes, the RS America was 77 pounds lighter than the standard 911. That meant it would reach 60 mph in 5.4 seconds and run a quarter-mile in 13.9 seconds at 105 mph. But what really made it stand out was its handling, the noise it made, and a price cut of $10,000 over a standard 911. No wonder four-time Spa 1000 Kilometers champ Brian Redman also found it “magnificent.”

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