- U.S. version of the Carrera RS homologation special
- Believed to be one of 701
- Numbers-matching engine
- Desirable “Triple Black” color scheme
- Optional factory sunroof
Porsche is big on anniversaries, so 20 years after the introduction of its landmark 911 Carrera RS 2.7, a more modern equivalent appeared in 1992—the 964 Carrera 2-based Carrera RS. This new competition-oriented road car, patterned after the 964 Carrera Cup race car, was not available in the United States. To appease demand, Porsche created a version called the RS America that met U.S. standards. It retained the fuel-injected 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine—albeit slightly detuned—and close-ratio five-speed manual transmission of the Carrera RS. Like its counterpart, the RS America featured a stripped-down interior for weight savings and a lowered sport suspension; but it had a large fixed-plane “whale tail” spoiler at the rear. Porsche Cars North America CEO Fred Schwab described the RS America as the perfect car for autocrossers and track junkies. In all, 701 are believed to have been built.
This RS America Coupe was delivered to its first owner in July of 1992, but little else is known of its early history. It was sold in 1997 to a subsequent owner in Woodland Park, Colorado, by which time it had recorded 47,493 miles. This owner added another 30,000 miles before the German consignor acquired it in 2010 and placed it in his collection. It has been driven fewer than a thousand miles since. At the time of cataloguing, the odometer read 77,901.
A build sheet along with chassis and engine stampings indicate that this RS America Coupe has a numbers-matching engine and was ordered in “Triple Black:” black paint with black upholstery and headliner. It was factory equipped with manual steering, a limited-slip differential, electric sunroof, air conditioning, and a Becker radio with cassette player. The original radio has since been replaced with a Blaupunkt. The car was given a high-quality professional re-spray in 2015, according to accompanying service invoices.
This RS America is accompanied by its owner’s manual and warranty book, plus numerous service receipts from 1997 forward.