Optional Equipment


 

The North American 968s were offered with a few different types of optional equipment. The pricing of optional equipment depends on the model year it was produced in. It should also be noted that certain option codes have been reused by Porsche in later model years so be careful when viewing other optional equipment sources as they could be incorrect. The information found on this site is period correct for the 968.  Refer to the Optional Equipment Reference chart below for codes, pricing, and a photo. You will note that I haven’t collected all of the optional equipment information so if you have something that I don’t have please contact the registry. Original window stickers are great sources of information so if you have yours, please forward a copy to the registry. The optional equipment is grouped into seven categories below.


Factory Installed Options

These options were installed at the factory and can be confirmed by the car’s vehicle identification sticker (VIS). A 968’s VIS can be found in two locations:

1)     Page 1 of the car’s maintenance manual

2)     Stuck to the driver’s side rear floor or taillight panel underneath the carpet

optioncodes 

The options are listed in section 5 of the VIS (example above). Look closely at the codes as the font is sometimes difficult to read.

 

Photo Option Code Option Description Option Cost (1992) Option Cost (1993-1995) Model Year Available Comments
030 Sport Chassis w/ 17″ wheels   $2017 92, 93, 94, 95 Available in P31 Package only
139 Heated Seat – Left $578 (package) $289 92, 93, 94, 95 Sometimes just the left, but usually package w/ right
158 Stuttgart AM/FM Cassette 92 11 very yearly 968s were equipped with this radio
231 17″ Tires 0 0 92, 93, 94, 95 Standard w/ 398/403 17″ wheel options
220 Limited Slip Differential $895 $913 92, 93, 94, 95 ZF clutch-type design in 1992, Torsen for 1993-1995
249 Tiptronic Transmission 0 0 92, 93, 94, 95 Std with tiptronic car
288 Headlight Washers $263 $262 92, 93, 94, 95
331 AM/FM Cassette 0 0 92, 93, 94, 95 Standard
340 Heated Seat – Right $578 (package) $289 92, 93, 94, 95 1992 packaged w/ left option 139
383 Sport Seat – Left $308 $314 92, 93, 94, 95 Always sold with matching passenger’s sport seat
387 Sport Seat – Right $308 $314 92, 93, 94, 95 Always sold with matching driver’s sport seat
398 17″ Cup Wheel, 17″  n/a $1378 94, 95 Design commonly referred to as Cup 2
403 17″ light alloy wheels $1352 $1378 92, 93, 94 Design commonly referred to as Cup 1
418 Moldings, protective side $350 $350 92, 93, 94, 95 Body colored
423 Cassette container and coin box 0 0 92, 93, 94, 95 Standard, but not always present on some 1995 coupes
425 Rear wiper (coupe) 0 0 92, 93, 94, 95 Standard
437 Full Power Seat – Left $528 $538 92, 93, 94, 95 Package cost 956 on 1994.5
438 Full Power Seat – Right $528 $538 92, 93, 94, 95
454 Cruise Control 0 0 92, 93, 94, 95 Standard
490 Hi-Fi Sound System / Speakers / Amp $292 $561 92, 93, 94, 95 8 speakers for cab, 10 speakers for coupe (standard 6 speakers)
494 Amplifier $300 n/a 92 Standard w/P08 CD
498 Rear Emblem Delete 0 0 92, 93, 94, 95
513 Lumbar Support – Passenger’s Seat $553 $551 92, 93, 94, 95
586 Lumbar Support – Driver’s Seat $553 $551 92, 93, 94, 95 Sometimes just the left, but usually packaged w/ right
595 Painted Rear Spoiler (coupe)   $213 92, 93, 94, 95
650 Sunroof (coupe) 0 0 92, 93, 94, 95 Standard (but some delete cars out there)
691 CD Radio $1347 $1315 92, 93, 94 Standard w/ package P08, included 490 and 494
692 Remote CD Changer “CD-C1” $1250 $1245 92, 93, 94, 95
694 CD Radio n/a $299 94, 95
718 Model Year Change n/a n/a 93, 94, 95 (See Option 718 page here)
740 Showcar Preparation n/a n/a 92, 93, 94, 95
900 Tourist Delivery n/a n/a 92, 93, 94, 95

 

Some of the codes listed on the VIS are not actually options but standard features. North American 968s were equipped with some features that were standard for NA cars but not for 968s destined for other countries however the codes were listed on the VIS in all cases. Examples of the common “standard feature” codes include:

C02 US Emissions (standard, Canadian cars will have C36 Canadian emissions).

249 Tiptronic transmission – standard on tiptronic 968s.

331 AM/FM cassette – standard on 968s but would be replaced with another radio upgrade code if applicable.

423 cassette container and coin box – standard, listed on 94.5 and 95 968s coupes, sometimes deleted.

425 Rear wiper – standard, sometimes listed on 95 968 coupes.

454 Cruise control – standard on NA 968s.

650 Sunroof – standard on NA 968 coupes. There are a couple of rare sunroof delete cars out there which would not have the code listed.

718 ReVIN to upcoming model year – see page elsewhere on this site for additional info on this code.

09991 Indicates factory installed exclusive program options (“X” code) are present (see additional info below).


Factory installed – Package Options

Some options were grouped together and offered as packages depending on the model year. Package codes are only referenced on sales documents and are not found on the VIS. Examples include:

 

Photo Pkg Code Package Description Package cost
(1992)
Package cost
(1993-1995)
Model Year
Available
Comments
P05 Radio w/ Cassette Player/Amplifier (coupe) 0 92, 93, 94, 95
P06 Radio w/ CD Player/Amplifier (coupe) $1315 92, 93, 94, 95 Includes 691/490/494 (no 490 on later cars)
P07 Radio w/ Cassette Player/Amplifier (cab) 0 92, 93, 94, 95
P08 Radio w/ CD Player/Amplifier (cab) $1347 $1315 92, 93, 94, 95 Includes 691/490/494 (no 490 on later cars)
P31 Sport Chassis w/ 17″ wheels $2017 $2017 92, 93, 94, 95 Includes 030 and 398/403 depending on year

 


Exclusive Program Options

If your 968 was equipped with an “X” code option then it is included in the exclusive build program which can be identified by the 5-digit code “09991” on the VIS. Being included in the Exclusive program is not that exclusive though as having a car with the common painted crest center caps (Option code XD4) was under the program and of the 4,242 North American 968s, 1,931 were equipped with the center cap option (46%).  The other X code options are quite rare and are primarily made up of wood and leather dress-up options. There were many exclusive options but only a limited number of NA 968s were factory equipped with them. Below you will find a chart listing the X code options that were actually utilized on NA 968s and the number of coupes and cabs that were factory equipped with them along with their cost. A few pictures of X code options are also included.

 

Photo Exclusive
Option Code
Option Description Option Cost
(1992)
Option Cost
(1993-1995)
Coupes
Produced
Cabriolets
Produced
Total
XD4 Rim cap with Porsche crest (4) $208 $214 1008 923 1931
 speed yellow 968 XD9 Wheels painted body color $1079 6 4 10
XC8 XC8 Rootwood 6spd shifter knob – light $345 $360 13 25 38
XC9 XC9 Rootwood 6spd shifter knob – dark $345 $360 37 34 71
rootwood-auto-shifter X24 Rootwood Tip shifter knob – light $423 1 5 6
X25 X25 Rootwood Tip shifter knob – dark $423 4 5 9
058 XL3 Rootwood dash trailer – dark $1743 0 2 2
X31 Rootwood e-brake handle – light $535 1 1 2
IMG_20140810_104529942_HDR X32 Rootwood e-brake handle – dark $535 1 2 3
XJ5 Leather ignition / Door key $156 2 2 4
LT with XK7 and 18010 XK7 Leather shift lever knob & boot $227 2 2 4
leather-trimmed-door-handle XM6 Leather door openers / recess plate $365 0 1 1
leather-trimmed-window-switch XN1 Leather power window switches (3) $190 0 1 1
Leather sunvisors XN8 Leather sunvisors $579 0 2 2
XP6 Leather seat belt locks/housing $366 0 1 1
XP9 Leather loud speaker covers $174 0 1 1
XR6 Leather front backrest lock controls $473 0 1 1
XW6 Leather LED rosettes on doors $141 0 1 1
XX6 Leather shift lever knob $68 4 2 6

 


Custom Interior Options

I have limited information on these codes and they are rare. They indicate custom interior options but are not X code options and not part of the exclusive program. The most common of these would be the deviated carpet option. These codes are specific right down to the color. For example, a deviated carpet to black (code 15801) would have a different code then deviated carpet to classic grey (13941). Additional custom interior options that use these 5 digit codes that I have seen include:

  • Deviated carpet color ($65/$75)
  • Seat piping in various colors ($120)
  • Porsche crest in seat headrest
  • Supple leather
  • Seat stitching
  • Deviating door panel color
  • Deviated beltline (Upper dash color, $719)

I do not have any factory documentation on these codes. The best way to figure these codes out is if you have the window sticker with the options listed. If you have one of these codes listed for your car let me know and we can see if we can figure out exactly what it represents.


Port Options

These are options that were installed on the 968 at the port but before shipment to the dealer. They are reflected on the window sticker as line items with associated costs because the window stickers were actually generated and affixed to the cars at the port. The most common port installed option is floor mats ($125) however, factory phones ($1,995) were also installed at the port in Charleston, SC. I have found one example where painted wheels were installed at the port and reflected on the window sticker but the XD9 painted wheel option code is not listed on the VIS indicating they weren’t factory installed. Port options were considered easier to be retrofitted to the car once here in the US. 


Dealer Options

Once the 968 was delivered to the dealer, the dealer would sometimes go to amazing lengths to sell a car. The greatest 968 example has to be when a dealer repainted a new black coupe in Wimbledon green at the dealership in order to sell it. You know how much paint there is on a 968 so the task of handling a color change is not a simple one. Still, the dealer performed it and from what I’m told, did a great job. Other examples of dealer “shenanigans” included robbing options out of one 968 to sell another. I recall a 968 cab that was on the floor at my local dealer and had its 17” cup2 wheels removed and this was reflected on the supplemental window sticker on the car. Another 968er had the sport seats robbed out of his coupe and the dealer used “white out” to remove the line items on the window sticker and then recalculate the final price. Many things went on at the dealership but unless you have the original paperwork, you would not know where a modification was made. That said, dealership changes are just that, and are considered “Day 2” modifications and not “factory” in any way.


Handling Options

Special factory handling of a 968 was also identified by specific option codes found on the VIS. Three varieties that I have identified include:

337 – Removal of transportation equipment – Only 1 NA 968 has this option code and that is the cabriolet that currently sits in the Porsche museum.

740 – Showcar preparation – This code would usually be found on a 968 that was designated for a major auto show or press utilization. I am not sure of exactly what the special handling would be for a car with option code 740. 10 coupes and 10 cabs were optioned as 740 cars. These cars usually have some special options as well. 

900 – Tourist delivery – Still offered today, this allowed the buyer to pick up their 968 at the factory and enjoy it in Europe for a while, then returning it to Porsche for shipping back to the states. I am not sure of the cost or if there was a cost. 19 Coupes had this option. I do not have the figure for cabs.