In 1994 business was going a lot better for Porsche when the new 911 (internally known as 993) went on sale. The new car was the most sweepingly changed 911 ever. Gone were the nearly upright headlights that had accompanied the 911 for over thirty years. They were replaced with 959-like items in favour of better aerodynamics. Together with the new bumper and front wings, they gave the 993 a fresh look, without losing the identity of the 911.
The 993 wore newly designed 16 inch wheels and wider rear fenders. Beneath the front bumper were 'air-relief' vents, to help air escape from the wheel wells.
The 993 also featured a new interior. Luggage space was increased by 20%. There were new seats, a new steering wheel, and some other changes making the 911 intertior more ergonomical. When the 993 was released it was only available as a coupé. The cabriolet followed a couple of months later. The Targa was dropped, because sales had been decreasing ever since the cabriolet had been introduced in 1981. In 1995 a new-style Targa would however be introduced again. Not only did 1995 bring a new Targa. In 1996 the new RS, RS clubsport, Carrera 4S and the new Turbo were introduced.
The 911 RS and RS Clubsport
The 993 RS and RS Clubsport are light-weight versions of the two-wheel drive Carrera. It has none of the fancy options found on a stock 911. To save weight the RS doesn't have rear seats, it has an luggage lid of aluminum, thin-glass side windows and other weight-saving measures.
The RS Clubsport is even more extreme. It doesn't have electric windows, seat adjustment, headlight washers, or even an airbag.
Because the share of the cabriolet had slowly been increasing at the cost of the Targa's, Porsche announced a Targa-version of the 993 wouldn't become availble.
The Carrera 4S and Carrera S
In 1995 a special version of the Carrera 4 became available: the Carrera 4S. This car combined the Turbo's bodyshell and running gear, including the Turbo's brakes, with the 'normal' 286 bhp engine. The wheels look like the Turbo's wheels but are not hollow.