Porsche is a German-based automobile company that specializes in top performance sports cars, sedans, and SUVs. The Porsche 944 model was considered a great success, with intentions to make it last through the ’90s, but it had to step out of the game due to demands and significant revisions in the car industry. Porsche introduced the first version of Porsche 944 in 1982, replacing the Porsche 924 with better-driving comfortability, stopping power and handling. In a span of 10 years from 1982 to 1992, the Porsche 944 experienced a significant number of alterations. Audi, however, did all the productions of the body at an Audi factory in Neckarsulm while Porsche manufactured the engines in Zuffenhausen. Many people felt that the 944 was not a “real Porsche” because the versions changed its engines. The model was later replaced by the Porsche 968 in 1992, which based its body and design on the 944 models. Let’s check out the five best Porsche 944 models of all-time.
5. 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo
This model was an upgrade of the 1982 version and was introduced in 1986. The engine was inter-cooled and turbocharged to produce 220hp at 6000 rpm. It featured multiple changes such as a different final drive ratio, a stronger gearbox, and improved aerodynamics. The 944 Turbo became the first-ever car to retain exhaust gas temperature using a ceramic pot liner. For the engine and transmission, the vehicle had externally placed standard oil coolers to prevent overheating. It also had 16-inch standard wheels, and the stiffer suspension handled the extra weight.
Other significant modifications of this car were the high beam headlights as well as fog lights, which were rare at the time. Some features of earlier versions, such as rubber buffers, were left out. Its characteristic dimensions include an outside width of 1735 mm, an external length of 4290 mm, and a wheelbase of 2400 mm. It had a top speed of 206 km per hour and an acceleration of 0-60 km per hour in 8.3 seconds. The front and back brakes fixed calipers, each with four pistons and 4 12 inch discs.
4. 1982 Porsche 944
According to the Porsche Club of America, The 1982 Porsche 944 had significant advancements in transmission, suspension, and aerodynamics. Four-piston calipers were introduced to the braking system to make it stronger. The motor comprised of eight valves that plumb into an intercooler. They then connected with a turbocharger to provide the required force for combustion in the engine. The pipes lower the compression ratio and adjust the boost energy. It also enabled the driver to reach maximum reliability when the power is compromised. Porsche first launched this model in September 1982, after the Porsche 924, and the company needed a more intriguing version. Though its body bore lots of resemblance to the 924, it came with highly striking contours. The car had distinguished wings that were slightly angular and much more full rubber buffers in front of the well-painted spoilers.
3. 1988 Porsche 944 S Coupe
This car was an upgrade of the 1984 Porsche 944. It had an increased horsepower of 250 hp and an increased torque of 258 lb-ft. This new version also came with an M030 sport suspension option, and larger forged tires and wheels, as well as larger brakes. According to Carsguide, the car came with a modified computer and turbo that delivered high boost levels over the revolving range. Both gear sets and the clutch were tough enough to handle the increased power. Additionally, the car had a standard transmission oil cooler and a limited differential slip and Koni-coil upgraded springs.
For the first time, a version of the Porsche 944 featured the use of four valves for every cylinder head. Performance-wise, the car had a maximum speed of 230 km/hr and took 7.8 seconds to attain 100 km/hr from 0 km/hr. The model featured an anti-lock braking system and dual airbags were introduced as options. The routing of the air conditioning drier lines ensures that they would clean the front frame of the driver’s side at any time. The setup of a high friction disc, a limited-slip differential with a lockup setting of 40%, and an external cooler completed the manual transmission
2. 1990 Porsche 944 S2 Coupe
The turbo S2 Coupe came with a 3-liter engine, four cylinders, and a cylinder head with 16 valves, making it the largest of its time. It is the most aspirated 944 model of all time that produces power instantly off the line. The convertible car came with standard airbags and an ABS plus a sport touring package. This version of the 944 is the most expensive. In terms of performance, the vehicle has a top speed of 240 km/hr and accelerates from 0-60 km/hr in 6.6 seconds. It copied the original 944 make as it had the same rare valance and a rounded nose. The body was manufactured in Weinsberg, Germany, by American Sunroof Company. For the first time, the front bumper was integrated to merge smoothly with both the hood profile and the fender. This feature is now used in almost all cars worldwide. Its large engine measured 104 mm bore and an 88mm stroke.
1. 1992 Porsche 944 Turbo Cabriolet
Porsche released this version in February 1992; it combined the active turbo S 250 hp engines and a cabriolet body. The car has a two-door convertible body style and one overhead camshaft and four seats. It weighs 1400 kilograms, and its high speed ss 260 km/hr. The American Sunroof company also built the body in Germany. According to Zeperfs, the 944 Turbo Cabriolet has a 250 hp maximum power output that transmits a 6000 rpm to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox. It has a fuel consumption of 9.9L/100, and both the front and rear brakes have a series of ventilated disks. Ultimately, Porsche manufactured only 625 cars for this model, out of which 100 were right-handed for the United Kingdom, South Africa, Japan, and Australia markets.