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The following text represents the essence of a deferred book project and results from several years of research by Turbo-Look Register. It includes extensive parts of never published knowledge, its use and publication, also the partial contents or counts, without the prior permission of the author, is strictly prohibited!
© Norbert Franz


Last update: 12.08.2016, 12:46 CET

964 Carrera 2 Cabriolet Turbo-Look

Lovers of the wide body had to wait a long time before a Porsche model with a turbo-look naturally aspirated engine was offered again at the end of production of the Carrera 3.2. The spectacular 964 Carrera 2 Cabriolet Turbo-Look (named "America Roadster" for America) appeared in 1992, when the 964 series was already three years old.

This independent model of the 964 series was built in the model year 1992 and 1993. contrary to the current state of knowledge, there are other cars from the model year 1994! The body shape of the 964 Turbo 3.3 without the huge rear spoiler turned the rather conservative 964 Cabriolet into a real eye-catcher. The line of the closed roof was finally one with the body line and no longer seemed to be in place. As with the Turbo-Look models of earlier years, the chassis and brake system of the top model 964 Turbo 3.3 were used again.

Let's not talk about peaks today. Let us talk about what cannot be recorded in tables and torque curves: The intensity of experience. Because the strengths of the Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Cabriolet Turbo-Look go far beyond what one understands by driving a car. It is the overwhelming enthusiasm for an automotive personality. You can hear the sound of the 6 cylinders of the cabriolet in the open air. It is the breathtaking commitment to the purebred sports car that finds direct contact with the road. It's pure emotion. Lifestyle and aim in life. End in itself and self-realization.

Original quotation Porsche Advertisment 1992


Counts

There are authentic 1532 Carrera 2 Cabriolet Turbo-Look (964650/ 964651) worldwide! Of these 433 were delivered with Tiptronic automatic transmission. Included in the total numbers are 6 cars that are delivered from the factory with the engine and the transmission of the 964 Turbo 3.3 as 964 Turbo Cabriolet. 3 cars were delivered as LHD (964 650) for C00 - Germany. 2 cars for C16 - UK and 1 car for C23 - Australia were delivered as RHD (964 651)! Included is also 1 Speedster Turbo-Look Prototype with manual gearbox.

In summary::

Model Counts
964 Carrera 2 Cabriolet Turbo-Look 1199
964 Speedster Turbo-Look Prototyp 1
964 Turbo Cabriolet 6
"America Roadster" 326
1532


And differentiates for the supplied countries:

Code Country Counts
C00 Country equipment Germany 807
C00 Country equipment Germany-US FIN 2
C02 Country equipment USA 301
C05 Country equipment France 16
C07 Country equipment Italy 45
C08 Country equipment Japan 74
C10 Country equipment Swiss 35
C11 Country equipment Austria 15
C14 Country equipment Taiwan 6
C15 Country equipment Xiānggang Hongkong 53
C16 Country equipment UK 32
C18 Country equipment Japan RHD 5
C19 Country equipment Luxembourg 8
C20 Country equipment Netherlands 19
C22 Country equipment Belgium 42
C23 Country equipment Australia 11
C26 Country equipment New-Zeeland/South-Africa/Singapore 18
C27 Country equipment Spain 4
C31 Country equipment Saudi Arabia 1
C32 Country equipment Arabia Golf States 13
C36 Country equipment Canada 23
C99 Country equipment various markets 2
1532


Vehicle description

The internal type number to be found on the option sticker in the service booklet under the FIN is 964650. 964651 for right-hand drive vehicles.

In keeping with the spirit of the 90s, Porsche also offered the 964 Carrera 2 Cabriolet Turbo-Look in very striking colours. Three special colours have been added to the range for this model:

Colour Colour-Code
Raspberryred metallic L83E
Wimbledongreen metallic L23I
Lavenderblue metallic L38W

However, all other colours offered in 1992 could be ordered:

Colour Colour-Code
Grandprix white L908
Black L700
Maritime blue L38B
Guards red L80K
Signal green L22S
Mint green L22R
Ruby red L82N
Special colours
Ferrari fly yellow L10L
Oak green metallic L22L
Horizon blue metallic L37X
Cobalt blue metallic L37U
Coral red metallic L82H
Polar silver metallic L92E
Black perlcolor L738
Midnight blue perlcolor L37W
Amethyst perlcolor L38A
Amazon green perlcolor L39A
Slate grey metallic (he only varnish on water base) L23F

The previous research of this register has shown that in contrast to the common opinion that all Turbo-Look convertibles are shrill and colourful, the muted colours outweighed the colour choice of the first buyers. Black and blue - with their undertones, dominate the lists.

All RoW cars were delivered full optioned as:

  • Sound package with additional amplifier
  • Radio Blaupunkt Symphony
  • Automatic air-conditioning
  • Full electric, heat able seats (optionally Raffled leather and Lumbar protection)
  • On-Board computer
  • Electric hood
  • All leather equipment

But one can assume that many vehicles were also transferred to the exclusive department and individualized comprehensive.

Code Description Counts
M058 Bumpers with impact damper 135
M150 Emission systems delete 19
M327 Radio Symphonie RDS 904
M383 Sportseat Drivers site 184
M387 Sportseat Passengers site 184
M383+M387 Sportseat Drivers- and Passengers site 184
M430 Foglights yellow 133
M437 Comfortseat Drivers site 902
M438 Comfortseat Passengers site 902
M437+M438 Comfortseats Drivers- and Passengers site 902
M454 Autom. Cruise control - Tempostat 250
M513 Lumbar Support Passenger Seat 106
M586 Lumbar Support Driver Seat 203
M513+M586 Lumbar Support Driver- and Passenger Seat 98
M545 92 Liter Tank 18
M567 Green wedge windshield 677
M692 CD changer Porsche CD 1-6 fold 77
M693 Blaupunkt London 57
M980 Raffled leather 693

Many many more features and more individual codes were assigned, the listing would be beyond any scope.


964 Speedster Turbo-Look Prototype

After the successful launch of the 964 Cabriolet Turbo-Look series in late summer 1991, the development department commissioned a first and only study of a Turbo-Look Speedster to prepare the 964 Speedster, which was to be launched in model year 1993. The basis was a 964 Cabriolet Turbo-Look (964 650). This prototype, like most of the 1989 Speedster before, was painted in guards red and was registered for the Porsche AG for the first time on December 9, 1991. Inside, the rear seat system had been replaced by the storage compartment of the 1989 Speedster and fully electric seats covered with fabric with Porsche lettering had been fitted. The internal Z code of the special request department that was responsible for the conversion is: 14321 (964-SPEEDSTER PROTOTYPE - SEE ANNEX).

WP0ZZZ96ZNS450973 (LHD)
Country equipment C00 (Country equipment Germany)
Paint guards red G1V9 - fabric black with Porsche script AB
Enginenumber M64.01 62N81503
Gearboxnumber G50.03 1001849

964 Turbo-Cabriolet

Based on Carrera 2 Cabriolet Turbo-Look bodies (964650/964651), six Turbo Cabriolets based on the Z application "18581" were produced at Plant I at the end of the series after the 1993 factory holidays, probably at the special request of the customer. The engine and transmission of the 964 Turbo 3.3 and, still unverified, the Turbo 3.6 were used. Three cars were manufactured in right-hand drive version (RHD) - two for Great Britain and one for Australia and three more as left-hand drive (LHD) for the German market. However, the first car for the German market is officially listed with the engine and transmission of the regular Carrera 2 Cabriolet Turbo-Look and has not yet been found in reality.

WP0ZZZ96ZPS451235 (RHD)
Country equipment C16 (Country equipment UK)
Paint black-metallic Z8V9 - black VD
Enginenumber M30.69 61M03336
Gearboxnumber G50.52 2000524

WP0ZZZ96ZPS451338 (LHD)
Country equipment C00 (Country equipment Germany)
Paint to sample 99V9 - to sample-99
Enginenumber M64.01? 62P01317
Gearboxnumber G50.52 2002515

WP0ZZZ96ZPS451373 (LHD)
Country equipment C00 (Country equipment Germany)
Paint black-metallic Z8V9 - black-VD
Enginenumber M30.69 61P01613
Gearboxnumber G50.52 2003272

WP0ZZZ96ZPS451381 (LHD)
Country equipment C00 (Country equipment Germany)
Paint black-metallic Z8V9 - black-VD
Enginenumber M30.69 61P01611
Gearboxnumber G50.52 2001534

WP0ZZZ96ZPS451397 (RHD)
Country equipment C16 (Country equipment UK)
Paint amethyst-metallic F9V9 - cashmerebeige-98
Enginenumber M30.69 61P01614
Gearboxnumber G50.52 2003299

WP0ZZZ96ZPS451399 (RHD) This car is based on the very last ever build up RHD Turbo-Look chassis!
Country equipment C23 (Country equipment Australia)
Paint cobaltblue F6V8 - metropolblue-VF
Enginenumber M30.69 61P01612
Gearboxnumber G50.52 2000003

You often read about remaining turbo bodies on which Turbo-Look vehicles were built. If you take a look at the data of the above cars, which used bodies from the absolute end of production, engines from e.g. 1991 and transmissions from pre-series and the last one was only produced in May 1994, you can imagine how this rumour may have originated, even if under reverse conditions.


Technic

In technical terms, the 964 Carrera 2 Cabriolet Turbo-Look largely corresponds to the normal 964 Cabriolet. Driven by the 3.6 litre engine of the Carrera 2, it reaches 100 km/h in 5.5 sec and a top speed of 254 km/h according to factory specifications. Both transmission variants were available, 433 vehicles were delivered with Tiptronic automatic transmission.

  • 1992 (N-series) the 964 Carrera 2 Cabriolet Turbo-Look, from 169300 DM, with Tiptronic from 175300 DM
  • 1993 (P-series) from 173870 DM as Tiptronic from 179870 DM

A surcharge of over DM 36,000 on the narrow convertible, which was already available from DM 132,450.

What did buyers receive for their money except from the widened car body and the full equipment?

As with the 911 Carrera 3.2, Porsche fitted the axles, some suspension components and brake system of the Turbo - in this case the 964770 Turbo 3.3.

  • Damper strut: R- BOGE - 964 343 042 02; L- BOGE - 964 343 041 02
  • Springs front: white-white-green - 964 343 531 11 504
  • Vibration damper rear: BOGE - 964 333 531 07
  • Springs Rear: violet - 964 333 531 07 504
  • Perforated brake discs by 3.3 Turbo (identical to those of the Carrera RS and 928 GTS):
    • front 322 x 32 mm (R-965 351 043 00 + L-965 351 044 00)
    • rear 299 x 28 mm (R-965 352 042 01 + L-965 352 041 01)
  • Stabilizer in front 21 mm and behind 22 mm, with Tiptronic behind 21 mm
  • Wheels: Cup 1 with 7J x 17 and 9J x 17, in each case ET 55 mm, tyre 205/50 ZR 17 and 255/40 ZR 17, mostly from the house Yokohama, Michelin, Continental or Pirelli

Wheel positions:

  • Front axle: Trace difference corner with 20 ° impact =-1°20´ +/-30´
  • Rear axle: Fall =-45´ +/-10´

In addition to the Carrera RS, the 964 Cabriolet Turbo-Look is the only rear-wheel drive model with naturally aspirated engine equipped with the high-pressure hydraulic system for the brake, which was otherwise reserved only for 4-wheel vehicles (primarily for lock control, etc.).

Unambiguously the following numbers document the genuineness:

  • 964 650 with Carrera 2 convertible Turbo-Look (and the US counterpart America Roadster)
  • 964 651 with Carrera 2 convertible in legal drivers implementation