The 1973 Porsche 911 RS is the holy grail of 911s. The RS stood for Rennsport which is German for motorsports. The 911 RS was developed to compete in GT races. In order for a car to qualify for this class of racing, automotive manufacturers have to produce at least 500 for the streets. Porsche expanded the 911S engine’s capacity to 2.7-liters, which pushed the horsepower up to 210. The real performance enhancement of the Porsche 911 RS came from the incredible weight saving body. The road going Porsche 911 RS was available in two models, the lightweight and the touring. Basically the light weight had 2 seats and a bare bone interior with no creature comforts, where the touring model, although still having the lightweight body, came with the standard 4 seat configuration, electric windows, etc.
This is probably one of the most reproduced (tribute) Porsche 911 Carreras ever. If you think you have seen one of these gems on the road, more likely it was a tribute (fake). A real 1973 Porsche 911 RS is more likely in a guarded collection or a museum. There were only 1580 of these cars produced surpassing what Porsche’s expectations. Since the Porsche 911 RS was built to be a racecar there were some different engine options produced, but the majority received the upgraded 2.7 liter engine.
1973 Porsche 911 RS Specifications Specs:
Engine Capacity: 2681cc
Compression ratio: 8.5:1
Maximum Power: 210hp @ 6300rpm
Maximum Torque: 188ft-lb @ 5100rpm
Brakes: Front: 282mm discs; rear: 290mm discs
Suspension: Front: MacPherson struts with telescopic Bilstein dampers and torsion bar springs; rear: trailing wishbones with telescopic dampers and transverse torsion bar. Front and rear anti-roll bars
Wheels & Tires: Front: 15x6J with 185VR tires. Rear: 15x7J with 215VR tires
Length: 164″ inches
Width: 63″ inches
Weight: 2150 lbs (Sport)
0-60 mph: 5.8 seconds
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