Best Porsche 944 Race Car Turbo Specs, Sport Classic Car & Review – 1986 Porsche 944, Porsche 944 parts It has been more than 25 years since the last Porsche 944 came out of the factory, but you can be sure it still turns heads everywhere it goes. A quarter of a century is not actually very old for a car, yet it is a different story when the particular model has been discontinued for more than two decades. People no longer see it in showroom and dealerships, so most will simply assume the car is bad that the company decided to end production and the use of its name. Either that or the car is so special to the point where it would be a gesture of dishonor to produce something with the same name. Fortunately, the latter is true for Porsche 944.
Manufactured from 1982 to 1991, total production number of Porsche 944 reached more than 163,000, making it the most successful car line in the company history until the Boxter and Carrera 977 were born. Nearly 11,000 of 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo models were made and more than half of them were exported to the U.S. It was the highest of all Turbo variants in one country throughout the car’s production years.
A lot of people think that anything other than 911 is not a real Porsche, but they would be wrong. Starting as a continuation of its less successful predecessor (the 924), major improvements in performance and body works made Porsche 944 far superior than the older sibling. Although the 924 was so badly reviewed, Porsche did what it always does best in motoring industry: not admitting defeat. Instead of scrapping the engine, the company decided to fiddle around a little bit more with it.
The engine, which started as VW-Porsche-Audi joint project and generated poor performance, eventually became properly developed Porsche-owned piece of engineering. When the first Porsche 944 was introduced, the 2.5L 4-cylinder engine produced 167 horsepower and reached top speed of 137 mph. In other words, it could go from 0-60 in just under 8 seconds. It was fast back then, and still is fast even by today’s standards; and that is just for the base model.
Porsche 944 S2, introduced in 1989, was fitted with a 3.0L engine to generate 208 horsepower. It did not actually take that long for the company to develop a faster version because the 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo developed a whopping 217 horsepower with 2.5L engine; that is more than what a 5.7L 1984 Chevrolet C4 could do. In addition to the new engine, the 944 was also greatly improved in terms of handling thanks to stiffened suspension and mostly the 5-speed manual transmission fitted at the rear transaxle to give proper balance. As a result, the car had a nearly spot-on 50:50 weight distribution.
One thing about Porsche is that many of its cars are unlike most other supercars. Ferrari and Pagani probably want to give you the excitement of driving, but they also take away some of the enjoyment because the job of driving is so difficult that you don’t bother with anything else as long as you go fast. There is a combination of engineering perfection and fooling around in most supercars, but not in Porsche; it is just a grown-up version of going fast – fooling around is for kids.
True, Porsche 911 is the most popular, but no one says it is also necessarily the best for you especially if you consider the price. Because the 911 is more well-known and the demand is high, it would cost you more money even from the same year. Roughly speaking, a Porsche 944 Turbo model in good condition today will cost you only half of what you must spend for Porsche 911; that is about $15,000 or maybe way less for a base version.
If you read any Porsche 944 review in magazines or online publications, nearly all of them gave favorable feedbacks in almost all aspects from performance to design. However, you must remember that those reviews were written probably many years ago when the car was still relatively new. Since there is no way to get a brand new Porsche 944 today, unless you have cash to burn for back order, do your research carefully. Some cars have been well-taken care of, while others have been abandoned for mechanical or electrical issues.
But then again, Porsche 944 price has been quite steady at no more than $20,000 for standard models (not special edition or anything like that). It is still reasonable bargain for an iconic car and one of the most successful in Porsche history. You get the undisputed pedigree, excellent build quality, proud name in motoring industry, and the satisfaction of driving an engineering perfection of the 1980s.
Assuming you are like normal people with mortgage to pay, a few kids, and bills to worry about, Porsche 944 is a sensible choice for a combination of daily car and a tiny bit of supercar essence. Also considering the fact that you must, at some point, find some Porsche 944 parts (some are cheap, some may not be), the purchasing price makes sense to almost anybody.
One thing about Porsche 944 that attracts everyone with more adventurous driving style is the connection between the driver and the car. Unlike in modern cars where the computers interrupt anything you want to do and electric power steering eliminates the joy of making turns, driving a Porsche 944 is entirely different story. You don’t feel disconnected with the car; despite its old-school approach, a decent one in good condition can still give you the fluidity of the ride, smoothness of steering wheel, and the confidence you need on the road. It is solid, well-made, built in Germany.
For the sake of fairness, you can also get similarly priced classic with BMW or Ford badge, but they won’t be as exotic or lively as a Porsche. It also makes sense to purchase brand new Hyundai or Toyota with a little bit more money but at the expense of losing the excitement. All things considered, a used car with a pedigree and supercar essence that does not break the bank, Porsche 944 comes easily to mind.