An instant legend, The Carrera RS became the classic 911 and is hailed as one of the ultimate road cars of all time. With lighter body panels and stripped out interior trim, the RS is simply a featherweight racer. The classic, flat-six engine was bored out to 2.7 liters and boasted uprated fuel injection and forged flat-top pistons— modifications that helped to push out a sparkling 210 bhp.
Porsche had no problem selling all the RSs it could make, and a total of 1,580 were built and sold in just 12 months. Standard 911s were often criticized for tail-happy handling, but the Carrera RS is a supremely balanced machine. Its race-bred responses offer the last word in sensory gratification. With one of the best engines ever made, an outstanding chassis, and 150 mph (243 km/h) top speed, the RS can rub bumpers with the world’s finest. Collectors and Porsche buffs consider this the preeminent 911, with prices reflecting its cultlike status. The RS is the original air-cooled screamer.
The polyester bumpers, thin steel bodywork, and lightweight “Glaverbell” glass help the RS to weigh in at just over 1,984 lb (900 kg). Standard Porsches tip the scales at 2,194 lb (995 kg). In addition, the weight distribution and rear engine layout demand some very gentle treatment of the throttle. Handle the 911 roughly and it will understeer.
Classic slanted headlights betrayed the 911’s VW Beetle origins.
Steeply raked windshield helped the 911’s wind-evading shape.
Rear wheel arches were flared to accommodate 7-in (18-cm) rims.
The RS had a fiberglass Burzel rear spoiler, employed to reduce tail-end lift at high speeds.
The bored-out, air-cooled 2.7-liter “Boxermotor” produces huge reserves of power. Externally, it is identifiable only by extra cylinder cooling fins.
S P E C I F I C A T I O N S
MODEL Porsche Carrera 911 RS (1972–73)
BODY STYLE Two door, two seater coupe.
CONSTRUCTION Thin-gauge steel panels.
ENGINE Flat-six, 2687cc.
POWER OUTPUT 210 bhp at 5100 rpm.
TRANSMISSION Close-ratio, five-speed manual.
SUSPENSION Front and rear torsion bar.
BRAKES Ventilated discs front and rear, with aluminum calipers.
MAXIMUM SPEED 150 mph (243 km/h)
0–60 MPH (0–96 KM/H) 5.6 sec
0–100 MPH (0–161 KM/H) 12.8 sec
A.F.C. 23 mpg (8.1 km/l)