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The Porsche 944

Post by LhYnxz on Fri Jan 25, 2008 5:07 pm

Possibly the greatest steering car
in production history.

The 1983 Porsche 944 was everything
that the previous 924 should have been. Introduced in May of 1982,
the 944 gained instant success. The first 944s were 1983 models. They came
with a 2.5 liter inline 4 cylinder motor. The chassis and body shell were
from the 924, but the new model had flared fenders, a rear spoiler, and
a front air dam. Everything that was flawed in the 924, such as inadequate
driving space between the seat and steering wheel, was corrected in the
944. A special balance shaft design was used on the 944 to keep the noise
level and shaking down, which were problems on the 924.


8 valve SOHC in-line 4, aluminum block
and heads

Bore and Stroke: 3.94 x 3.11 in (100.0
x 78.9 mm)

Displacement:151 or 2479cc

Horsepower: 147@5,800 rpm

Torque: 140@3,000 rpm

Power to weight ratio: 21.0 lbs per

Compression ratio: 9.7:1

Fuel system: Bosch LE Jetronic


5 speed manual transmission, 3 speed


Front: MacPherson struts with lower
A-arms, coil springs, tube shocks, anti-roll bar

Rear: Semi-trailing arms, torsion
bars, tube shocks, anti-roll bar


Curb weight: 2,965 lbs

Wheelbase: 94.5"

Length: 168.9"

Width: 68.3"

Height: 50.2"

Track front/rear: 58.2"/57.1"

Ground clearance: 4.7"

Brakes and Wheels:

Vacuum assisted, fixed caliper, internally
vented discs

15x7.0" front, 15x7.0" rear cast aluminum

Fuel Economy:

21 mpg (city) 26 mpg (hwy)


0-60mph: 8.7 seconds

0-1/4 mile: 16.4s

Top Speed: 135 mph
In 1987, the 944's compression ratio
was raised to 10.2:1, resulting in 8 more horsepower.

In 1989, the engine size was raised
to 2,688 cc (78.9"x 104.0"), and the compression was raised again, to 10.9:1.
Power was now up 4 more horsepower.


After 2 years, the 944's interior was
refreshed with a new dash and rearranged instrument panel. That same interior
can be found on the '95 968s. The 1985 1/2 models received this update.
The news for 1986 was the introduction of the 944 Turbo. It wasn't simply
a 944 with a turbine stuck on it, but a totally re-engineered automobile.
Beefed up suspension, brakes, and most importantly, engine. It sported
a rear chin spoiler, and a new front cap with integrated bumper and fog

For 1987, the 944 S was added to the
model line-up. It boasted a 16 valve engine with twin cams. It also
offered ABS. The Turbo became the FIRST CAR IN THE WORLD to have standard
driver and passenger airbags. The 944 and S also had the airbag option.
By 1989, the 944 S was replaced by the 944 S2. The S2 had a new 3.0 liter
engine in it, producing 208 horsepower. The S2's bodywork was the same
as the 944 Turbo's. In 1990, the 944 S2 cabriolet was made available.
It shared the Turbo's bodywork with a convertable top. The 944's
life was winding down in 1991, ending an 8 year reign which redefined to
the automotive world what a GT car is supposed to be.

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