1972 Porsche Carrera RS
The Porsche Carrera RS 2.7 celebrated its premier at the Paris Salon in October 1972. It was developed to meet Porsche’s need for a competitive motor sport vehicle. For inclusion into group 4, the vehicle had to be one of a run of 500 and, of course, sold, which appeared to be a problem to the Porsche sales experts of the period. Who wanted to buy a car like the Carrera RS which had been rigorously designed to an optimal performance weight?
In fact things turned out very differently. The demand was so great that the planned 500 exemplars had been sold by November 1972 and Porsche had to produce a second run. In the end they made 1580 exemplars, which actually allowed homologation into group 3. Nevertheless, not all models left the factory in the lightweight version, most customers chose the touring package which was fitted out like the 911 S.
The signature of the Carrera was its rear spoiler, popularly renamed Enten-Bürzel (duck’s tail), and which, in combination with the front spoiler, significantly improved the handling. The Carrera set the trend for aerodynamic driving aids.
Engine: six-cylinder Boxer, air-cooled, one upper camshaft each side
Power: 210 HP (154 kW) at 6300/min
Displacement: 2687 ccm
Fuel system: mechanic injectors, tank capacity 85 litres
Transmission: five speed gearbox
Chassis: self-supporting bodywork with front independent suspension on transverse links and damper struts, longitudinal torsion bars, stabilisers, rear independent suspension on lateral links and transverse torsion bars
Dimensions and weight: wheel base: 2,271 mm
length: 4,102 mm
width: 1,652 mm
height: 1,320 mm
weight: 960 kg
Performance: 245 km/h