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THREE'S A CROWD: Above is the Porsche 964 911, Carrera 4 3.6 Cabriolet Targa and Carrera 4 3.6 Coupe


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Just when automotive experts were predicting the imminent end of an era, in 1988 Porsche came out with the 911 Carrera 4 (964).

After 15 years of production the 911 platform was radically renewed with 85% new components, giving Porsche a modern and sustainable vehicle.

Its air-cooled 3.6-litre boxer engine delivered 182kW and externally, the 964 differed from its predecessors only slightly, in its aerodynamic polyurethane bumpers and automatically extending rear spoiler, but internally it was almost completely different.


The new model was designed to captivate drivers not only with sporty performance but also enhanced comfort. It came with ABS, power-assisted steering and airbags, plus the option of Tiptronic automatic transmission, and rode on a completely re-designed chassis with light alloy control arms and coil springs instead of the previous torsion-bar suspension.

A revolutionary member of the new 911 line-up right from the start was the all-wheel drive Carrera 4. In addition to Carrera Coupé, Cabriolet and Targa versions, from 1990 customers could also order the 964 Turbo.

Initially powered by the proven 3.3-litre flat-six engine, in 1992 the Turbo was upgraded to a more powerful 261kW 3.6-litre engine. Today, 2013, the 964 Carrera RS, 911 Turbo S, and 911 Carrera 2 Speedster are particularly in demand among collectors.

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