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The Porsche 968

Post by LhYnxz on Fri Jan 25, 2008 5:10 pm






Epitome of the
water cooled Porsche 4-cylinder series


The Porsche 968 represents the continuation
of Porsche's 944 legacy. As you know, the 944 S2 was discontinued after
the 1991 model year. Before that time, Porsche had been working on a new
model to replace the outgoing 944. At first, it was going to be the 944
S3. As time went on, they realized that the car had too much new stuff
to not introduce a totally new model. By late 1991, the 968 was ready.
It retained all the good bits of its predecessor, while significantly improving
appearance, handling, and performance.




1992 968 Cabriolet

The 968 is an attractive blend of old
and new. Its shape hints the 928 and 911 while retaining the clear identity
of the 944s. The fully integrated bumper sections are shaped like those
of the V8 coupe, the sill extensions are styled in the fashion of the Carrera
2 of 1992. More detailed changes included rearranged air-intakes, 928-style
pop-up headlamps, neutral density taillights with red lenses, and the "968"
lettering in the center of the rear deck lid.


Specifications






Engine:

16 valve DOHC in-line 4, aluminum block
and heads


Bore and Stroke: 4.09 x 3.46 in (104.0
x 88.0 mm)


Displacement:182 cu.in. or 2990cc

Horsepower: 236@6,200 rpm

Power to weight ratio: 13.1 lbs per
horsepower


Compression ratio: 8.3:1

Cd: .34

Fuel system: Sequential multiport,
DME controlled








Drivetrain:

6 speed manual transmission, opt. 4
speed tiptronic








Suspension:

Independent front with lower control
arms, spring struts, anti-roll bar


Independent rear, with semi-trailing
arms, transverse torsion bars, anti-roll bar








Dimensions:

Curb weight: 3,086 lbs

Wheelbase: 94.5"

Length: 170.9"

Width: 68.3"

Height: 50.2"

Track front/rear: 58.2"/57.1"

Ground clearance: 4.9"







Brakes and Wheels:

Power assisted, 4 piston aluminum alloy
fixed caliper, internally vented discs, ABS


16x7.0" front, 16x8.0" rear cast aluminum
wheels


Fuel Economy:

17 mpg (city) 25 mpg (hwy)







Performance:

0-60mph: 5.9 seconds (Tiptronic; 7.0s)

0-1/4 mile: 14.4s (15.1s)

Top Speed: 156 mph (Tiptronic; 153
mph)













In coupe form, as shown above, the
968 represents the most balanced GT of any Porsche, and arguably of any
in the world. It has the familiar 50/50 weight distribution of the 944,
but with more power. The 968's 3.0 liter engine outputs 240 horsepower,
making it the world's most powerful normally aspirated 4 cylinder production
automobile.

This power, up from 208 in the 944S2,
arrived partly from Variocam, which uses a camshaft chain drive
with an adjustable tensioner to retard intake valve actuation up to 7.5
degrees. This technique results in lower emissions, more horsepower, and
better torque.

The 968, like the Carrera 2, offers
two different transmission types. The standard choice is the new 6-speed
manual. The ratios have been changed a little from the 944S2, but 6th gear
is still no overdrive, and top speed is attained in this drive. However,
only 500 rpms separate 5th and 6th, so they're still close. The other
option is the Tiptronic transmission.
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