Introduced in October 1992 for model year 1993, the Porsche 964 Speedster is the final model from the Speedster series introduced in 1954 as a cheaper version for the American market. The 964 Speedster was based on the Carrera 2 and the model is very popular among car collectors, being a combination between a Cabriolet and an RS model.
Styling and interior features
When the 964 Speedster was launched, Porsche announced that the main idea behind this project was to create a true "driver’s car", orientated at offering pure driving please. The car featured a lower windshield, low roof line, two seats, a retractable low-roof, while everything Porsche considered to be a luxury was stripped, such as power windows. But some of these features, including air conditioning and comfort seats were available as an option. But one thing that was not changeable was the soft-top, which didn’t have an automatic raising/lowering function, so the operation had to be made by hand, not very pleasant if rain started suddenly, because the whole "process" took around 4 minutes.
Engineers also had to make several compromises when building the 964 Speedster, like the front windshield, which was not removable anymore (like previous Speedster versions), but which did a better job at sealing the interior from noise and especially water.
While it was on sale, the 964 Speedster was available in two versions, the standard one and the "Clubsport" trim, which included some weight-dropping changes like the lightweight Recaro bucket seats from the Carrera RS and standard 17-inch Cup wheels.
Under the bonnet, being based on the Carrera 2, the Porsche 964 Speedster was powered by the same 3.6-liter engine, delivering 260 hp at 6,100 rpm and 232 lb-ft of torque at 4,800 rpm. The power was transferred to the wheels by a 5-speed manual gearbox, Porsche also offering a Tiptronic automatic transmission as an option.
One thing Porsche enthusiasts complained was the lack of a "Turbo-look" body kit, one of the features that made the previous 1989 Speedster be a success. While Porsche didn’t offer this option in the beginning, towards the car’s production end, the last 20 units were built with the wide-body kit. And the most exclusive model of all is the "Special Wishes" Speedster, the last Speedster to be produced by Porsche, which featured the same color as the car Steve McQueen drove in the movie "Le Mans", was powered by a remapped 260 hp version of the 3.6-liter engine and has Brembo brake discs, hydraulic brake boost, alloy doors and super strong steel hand-made fenders.
Unfortunately, it looks like everything was against the 964 Speedster, because the economic crisis from the early 90s plus the lack of a "Turbo-Look" body kit made the sales a lot poorer than Porsche expected and only 936 units were built, out of the 3,000 units scheduled production and only 14 cars were right-hand-drive.