19 March 2018

More than an old car #59: Porsche 944

Porsche has always remained a fan favourite among many of us here due to the runaway success of the 911. It is also seen as a luxury symbol that has attracted the young and old. Here, I want to recognise a lesser-known product from the Stuttgart factory: this 1985 Porsche 944.

The 944 was based off its predecessor, the 924 and it was supposedly an upgrade from the teething problems the 924 experienced. Introduced in 1982, it featured better handling due to the strategic transaxle placement. Furthermore, it was faster and had a front/rear weight distribution. The rear spoiler at the back added a nice styling touch. It was powered by a 2749cc i4 engine, allowing it to reach a top speed of 220 km/h, with an acceleration of 8.4 seconds [0-100km/h]. It was 4200 mm long and weighed 1180 kg.

Over its lifetime, different versions were made including a Turbo and a cabriolet version. Production ended in 1991 with 111,500 made for the base 944. I am aware of at least 5 units on our roads, but as with old cars, it has many issues that would keep the owners busy for a while. It is cars like these that provide a refreshing view from the more numerous 911s. I believe you would not be able to miss its subtle boxiness, do keep a lookout for them!

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