In the 1950’s, Porsche won class victories in Mexico’s “Carrera Panamericana” races. It only made sense to name their 1973 911 Carrera RS after those past glories. It makes sense, as “Carrera” is Spanish for “race” and “career.” The “RS” came from the German word for “race sport,” “Rennsport.”
Seen as an advancement from the typical 911S of the time, the Carrera had wider rear fenders, rear wheels as well as significantly larger brakes. Those all worked in tandem with the bigger, 210 horsepower engine. Mechanical fuel injection, a more responsive rear spoiler and a stiffened suspension showed that Porsche was committed to improving their popular 911 model.
Later models of the Carrera offered further improvements still. For example, the 1974 Carrera RS 3.0 offered true racing capability. With a genuinely minimalist interior and thinner metal plate panels, the weight cut down significantly was bumping the horsepower up to 230. These models were more expensive than prior Carreras, but they offered so much as well.
The Carrera comes in coupe, targa and cabriolet. All in all, Porsche called Carrera models in the 356, 904, 911, 930, 964, 993, 996, 997, 991, 924 and Porsche Carrera GT.