Porsche 944S (Euro)
2023 09 25 Blog Post – Our Favourite Porsche Transaxle Cars
Porsche transaxles represent a significant engineering innovation in the history of Porsche sports cars. Introduced in the 1970s with models like the Porsche 924and 928, the transaxle design marked a departure from Porsche’s traditional rear- and mid-engine layouts. This design integrates the transmission and rear axle into a single unit, optimizing weight distribution and enhancing handling characteristics. The transition to a front-engine, rear-transaxle configuration allowed for more balanced weight distribution, improving stability and driving dynamics. The transaxle era lasted until 1995, with the production of the last transaxle-equipped Porsche models and no front engine Porsche until its first SUV, the Cayenne in 2003. These cars remain admired for their unique blend of performance and practicality, making them a valued part of Porsche’s heritage.
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Porsche 924 Carrera GT (not that Carrera GT!)
The Porsche 924 Carrera GT, introduced in 1980, is a noteworthy member of the Porsche 924 lineup. This variant was developed with a specific purpose: to qualify the Porsche 924 for sports car racing, including participation in events like the prestigious Le Mans. The 924 Carrera GT boasts a 2-liter, four-cylinder engine. The Porsche 924 Carrera GT had a limited production run, with only 406 units ever built, making it a rare and sought-after collector’s item. With its racing-inspired enhancements and significant power output, the Porsche 924 Carrera GT has earned its place for its performance and racing prowess.
1989 Porsche 928S4
The 1989 Porsche 928S4 is a distinguished model, featuring a potent V8 engine (Porsche’s first), the 928S4 is renowned for its power and precision. With a torque output of 317 lb-ft at 3000 RPM and a maximum RPM of 6000, this vehicle delivers exhilarating acceleration and driving experience. Equipped with either a 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission, the 1989 Porsche 928 S4 offers versatility to suit different driving preferences = the ’89 was the last year that the S4 was available with a manual. The 1989 Porsche 928 S4 remains a classic among enthusiasts and collectors, embodying the legacy of Porsche’s commitment to creating exceptional sports cars.
1986 Porsche 944 Turbo
The 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo represents a significant milestone in Porsche’s history, characterized by a blend of performance and engineering excellence. This model introduced a turbocharged version of the 2.5-liter engine, producing 217 horsepower. This power boost transformed the 944 into a formidable sports car. The engine featured a turbocharged and intercooled design, generating that 217 HP in the United States model at 6,000 RPM. With this newfound power, the 944 Turbo demonstrated impressive acceleration and top-notch handling, enhancing its reputation as a precision driving machine. Furthermore, the 944 Turbo retained the sleek and iconic Porsche design. We currently have one in race car form being auctioned, click this link to view our detailed listing.
1992 Porsche 968
The 1992 Porsche 968 is a well-crafted and thoughtfully designed sports car that builds upon the foundation of its predecessor, the Porsche 944. Designed by Harm Lagaay, the 968 retains design elements reminiscent of the 944 while incorporating new and unique touches. This front-engined, rear- -drive coupe offers a well-balanced driving experience. In terms of specifications, the 968 has a curb weight ranging from 3,086 to 3,153 pounds, depending on the transmission type. Its height measures 50.20 inches, and it provides a ground clearance of 4.80 inches. These dimensions contribute to the car’s stable and sporty stance. The 1992 Porsche 968 is powered by a 3.0-liter inline-four-cylinder engine, producing 236 horsepower at 6,200 RPM, a significant surge from the original 944s about 10 years prior. It is equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission or an optional 4-speed Tiptronic automatic. The 968 accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in approximately 6.5 seconds with a top speed of around 150 mph. We have this car being auctioned, click this link for our detailed listing.
Porsche 944S (Euro): https://www.classic-trader.com/de/magazin/transaxle-porsche
Porsche 924 Carrera GT: https://www.artandrevs.com/car.php?id=39