In the late 1980’s, flush with tons of cash, Porsche decided to overhaul the aging 911. While the car was still beloved by the enthusiasts, the 911 was quickly becoming obsolete to its other siblings (the 944 Turbo and Porsche 928). So Porsche created the Porsche 964.
Featuring new coil-spring suspensions, hanging brake and clutch pedals (instead on the floor as in previous models) and power steering, anti-lock brakes and a new rear spoiler that is hidden in the body but rises up after 50 mph. The Porsche 964 came in different models including a 4-wheel version (c4), an optional automatic transmission (only for the c2 – rear wheel drive model) targa, and the convertible. Finally the Porsche 911 (964) has come to the modern age.
Look of the Porsche 964
While Porsche wanted to upgrade the 911 it didn’t want to completely reinvent the car (that happened with the Porsche 996). So Porsche made sure the car looks very much like its predecessors. Specifically the shape was intact, leaving the classic fenders and greenhouse intact. The face-lift did featured new smoother bumpers in front and rear. The car also came with 17-inch wheels.
Porsche 964 Performance
Porsche upped the performance of the Porsche 964. The air-cooled flat-six engine was enlarged to 3.6 liters and produces 250 hp at 6,100 rpm. The Porsche 964 first came to the USA market as the all-wheel drive version – the Porsche 911 C4. The Porsche 964’s all-wheel-drive system was derived from the stunning Porsche 959 and was extremely complex compared to other systems of the day.
Later on the in 1990 Porsche came out with the Porsche 964 rear wheel drive car, known as the C2. And the Porsche 964 C2 came available as a coupe, Cabriolet and Targa.
In 1991 the new Porsche 964 911 Turbo came to the USA. Using the C2 body shell, the Turbo featured the traditional whale-tail spoiler from its predecessor and that concealed an intercooler, larger flared fenders, a five-speed manual and the new aerodynamic exterior panels.
The new Turbo’s engine was essentially an update of the previous Turbo 3.3 liter engine. The changes boosted the output of the engine to 315 hp. In 1993 Porsche introduced the Turbo 3.6. The major change was the engine displacement, which went to 3.6 liters found in the normally aspirated Porsche 964s. The new engine now had 360 hp and 52 more lb-ft of torque compared to the 3.3 engine.
Buying a Porsche 964 Today
The Porsche 964 is an great entry level car for the first time Porsche 911 buyer. It offers the combination of classic looks but with modern 911 elements. And it still has the old-school air-cooled engines which according to Porsche enthusiasts, is what makes the Porsche 911 a real Porsche 911. Basic Porsche C2s can be brought in the $20,000.00 range. Its advised to stay away from the C4 models to the the complexity of the all-wheel drive mechanics. The Porsche 964 Turbo is very desired and resale values are still very high, as well as the limited edition RS model.