Join Date: Aug 2007
Ferrari Life Posts: 1,130
Ah the 964RS, a superb driving machine as you say Jimmy. Like many great cars this car divides opinion strongly. Some owners keep them for a few months before reselling others keep them for a long time. It is as much a wolf in lamb's clothing as a 911 can be, looking similar to a 964 C2 or C4 to the extent of not even having a big wing at the back like most hairy 911's.
However this is very much a racing car for the road, weighing in at 1230kg with a rigid, seam-welded body, lowered and adjustable suspension, rolled wheel arches, blueprinted motor, closer ratio gearbox, magnesium wheels, sports exhaust, thinner glass and single mass flywheel. I had the pleasure of driving 2 during the same day during a recent visit to Johannesburg.
First up a rhd specimen. Compared to the lhd, the rhd suffers the disadvantages of power steering, smaller fuel tank and very closely spaced pedals. This one had the standard 964 exhaust system and sounded and felt good until I took my friend's lhd example for a long drive home. The lhd car is completely original, very rare for a 964RS as most have been fiddled with. Well what a revelation! Much nicer driving position than rhd, more pedal space and the unassisted steering reminds me of the early 911's for feel and responsiveness. Very fast, an engine note of aggression and music filling the cabin and go-cart responses from the steering. More intimidating than the rhd car with it louder exhaust and more repsonsive steering. The stiffened body makes a big difference with the car feeling taut and together. No rattles whatsoever despite a firm set up. Ride surprisingly good as I expected a bone-jarring ride given period UK road tests-they panned the car for being too hard for the road. I found the ride no worse than the 930.
Like many a 911, the bare figures deceive, as in the real world this car is much faster than the figures would suggest. A combination of lightness with a torquey 3.6 motor that loves to rev. Instant repsonse in any gear. This car would kill the 930 despite giving away 40 hp and losing up to 17% of its power at the high altitude of Joburg (the 930 might only give away 1-2% thanks to its turbo compensating for the thinner air).
Prices have doubled over the past 5 years and I can understand why, it is rare, has racing pedigree and is thrilling to drive. And very fast to boot. Many have been crashed and/or modified. I say if it is a good one Jimmy, go for it!