Doug DeMuro Tests Verboten Banana 993 Porsche 911 Carrera RS

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Stripped-down, performance-focused version of the 993 that was never sold in the U.S. is proof that less is more.

Whenever an exotic car manufacturer releases a high-performance version of one of their cars, the end result usually brings the expression “Less is more” to mind. Such focused machines usually have no carpeting, fewer features, and less weight than their more mainstream counterparts and more power and appeal to devoted customers of their respective brands. As Youtuber Doug DeMuro recently discovered on his channel More Doug DeMuro, the 993 Porsche 911 Carrera RS is one of those kinds of cars.

According to DeMuro, Porsche only produced about 1,000 RSs in the mid-1990s and none of them were sold in the U.S. That rarity only made them more desirable to stateside Porsche nuts. There’s more to the RS’s allure than just its production numbers, though. It’s from the 993 generation of Porsche’s signature sports car, meaning it’s one of the last air-cooled 911s. It’s also a predecessor to today’s GT3 and GT3 RS models, although, as DeMuro puts it, it’s “not quite as hardcore and angry” as its descendants.

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That connection to Porsche’s modern high-performance 911s is clear once DeMuro starts examining the RS in his usual thorough fashion. There’s no carpeting in the frunk. Instead of hydraulic struts, the lid is held up by a manual prop rod. The spartan doors use lightweight fabric pulls as door handles. The narrow seats look straight out of a track car and the back seats look straight out of the RS – literally. There are no rear seats.

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Like other highly focused cars, the RS has more power under its hood. Its 3.8-liter flat-six is larger and generates more horsepower (a total of 296) than the 3.6-liter engine found in regular 993s.

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On the road, all of Porsche’s efforts to make the RS lighter and more athletic put a smile on DeMuro’s face. He recalls how much he enjoyed driving 993s in the past because they were so fun to drive and had great clutches and transmissions, and fantastic steering. “This car is that, just taken to the next level. It feels amazing to drive.”

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There are more powerful 993s out there, but once again, with the RS, less is more. As DeMuro puts it, “I love the 993 Turbo, but you don’t need that much power to enjoy the car and, in fact, you can have a lot of enjoyment with a lot less power, as this car proves.” It doesn’t even need to. The smile on DeMuro’s face is proof enough.

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Derek Shiekhi's father raised him on cars. As a boy, Derek accompanied his dad as he bought classics such as post-WWII GM trucks and early Ford Mustang convertibles.

After loving cars for years and getting a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Texas State University, Derek decided to get an associate degree in journalism from Austin Community College as well. His networking put him in contact with the editor of the Austin-American Statesman newspaper, who hired him to write freelance about automotive culture and events in Austin, Texas in 2013. One particular story led to him getting a certificate for learning the foundations of road racing.

While watching TV with his parents one fateful evening, he saw a commercial that changed his life. In it, Jeep touted the Wrangler as the Texas Auto Writers Association's "SUV of Texas." Derek knew he had to join the organization if he was going to advance as an automotive writer. He joined the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) in 2014 and was fortunate to meet several nice people who connected him to the representatives of several automakers and the people who could give him access to press vehicles (the first one he ever got the keys to was a Lexus LX 570). He's now a regular at TAWA's two main events: the Texas Auto Roundup in the spring and the Texas Truck Rodeo in the fall.

Over the past several years, Derek has learned how to drive off-road in various four-wheel-drive SUVs (he even camped out for two nights in a Land Rover), and driven around various tracks in hot hatches, muscle cars, and exotics. Several of his pieces, including his article about the 2015 Ford F-150 being crowned TAWA's 2014 "Truck of Texas" and his review of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, have won awards in TAWA's annual Excellence in Craft Competition. Last year, his profile of Wagonmaster, a business that restores Jeep Wagoneers, won prizes in TAWA’s signature writing contest and its pickup- and SUV-focused Texas Truck Invitational.

In addition to writing for a variety of Internet Brands sites, including JK-Forum.com and Ford-Trucks.com, Derek also contributes to other outlets. He started There Will Be Cars on Instagram and Facebook to get even more automotive content out to fellow enthusiasts.

Derek can be contacted at [email protected]

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