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Source: http://www.pistonheads.com/news/default.asp?storyId=21254

993 multiplied by three equals an awful lot of fun...

There are days in this job when even including Claudia Schiffer and copious amounts of honey could not make it better. This is one of them. Myself and RacingPete have made the pilgrimage to Specialist Cars of Malton - a used Porsche specialist in the small Yorkshire town of the same name.

Why pilgrimage? Because, for the committed Porsche-phile, Specialist Cars is a truly holy place. Behind the utterly unpretentious industrial estate fašade lies a jaw-dropping treasure trove of Porsches old and not-so-old.

But it's not the green 1974 Iroc 911 RSR that we're here for (dribble), nor the immaculate but intimidating Carrera GT (drool). Instead, there are three very special 993-era 911s sitting on the forecourt, waiting for us.

Brightest in colour but most modest in aspirations is a stunning yellow 993 RS. These days, RS-badged Porsches are a pretty outrageous affair, with wings, spoilers and bold graphics everywhere. Back in the mid-1990s, Porsche's most focused offering was a little more modest looking, with only a fixed rear spoiler, a subtly reworked front bumper, flared wheelarches and a pair of understated side skirts giving the RS game away.

The RS means business though. It has seam-welded body panels, thinner glass, no rear seats and an aluminium bonnet. Even the headlamp washers have been deleted in the interests of weight saving. Under the bonnet (or should that be boot?) is a bored-out 3.8-litre version of the classic air-cooled flat six that, with the help of Porsche's Variocam technology gets 300bhp at 6500rpm. That's 28bhp more than the standard car and enough to give the oh-so-yellow Porsche the ability to hit 173mph flat out, passing 60mph in 5.0secs dead along the way.

Helping to give the RS extra help in the twisties are thicker anti-roll bars, a ride height that's 30mm lower at the front and 40mm lower at the back, while cross-drilled and ventilated brake discs from the 993 Turbo find their way onto the RS.

Next up is the brutal-looking Silver GT2.....

Full Article: http://www.pistonheads.com/news/default.asp?storyId=21254


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