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July 2012 Issue
 
ARTICLE
The Front-Engine Porsche Sports Cars
By Robert McLellan
 
1977

The 911 has always been the king of the Porsche model line but there have been a lot of princes that were just as much fun and a lot more affordable. As the prices of the older 911s climb, the front-engine models look like bargains. These collectibles are worth a look, and collecting old literature is the best way to learn more about them.

The Porsche 924 made its official appearance in November 1975 at the harbour at La Grande Motte in the south of France. The two-door 2+2 coupe was the first Porsche model powered by a water-cooled, front mounted engine. The front-engine, rear wheel drive arrangement was normal for most other manufacturers, but it was unusual for Porsche, having previously only used mid- or rear-mounted engines of a boxer configuration, all of which had been air-cooled. It was also the first Porsche to be offered with a fully automatic transmission. The model was a success which not only helped to take Porsche out of financial ruin, but created the revenue stream needed to continue building and developing the 911. In 1979, a 924 Turbo model was added. The 924 Carrera GT was introduced in 1980, and from 1986 to 1988 model years the car acquired the powerplant from the 944 model and became the Porsche 924S.

The 944 was built from 1982 to 1991. It was built on the same platform as the 924, although 924 production continued only through 1988. The 944 S was introduced in 1987, the 944 S2 in 1989, the 944 Turbo in 1986 and the 944 Turbo S in 1988. The 944 was a successful model and was available as both a coupe and cabriolet in naturally aspirated and turbocharged forms.

The 944 was intended to last into the 1990s, but major revisions planned for a 944 "S3" model were eventually rolled into the 968 instead, which replaced the 944. During the development phase, 80% of the 944's mechanical components were either significantly modified or completely replaced by the engineers, leaving so little of the outgoing S2 behind that the management chose to introduce the variant as a new model, entitling it 968. In addition to the numerous mechanical upgrades, the new model also received significantly evolved styling -- both inside and out, with a more modern, streamlined look and more standard luxury than on the 944. The 968 became the final model in an evolving line, starting almost 20 years earlier with the introduction of the Porsche 924.

Introduced in 1978, the Porsche 928 was originally intended to replace the 911, now considered obsolete with its rear-mounted air-cooled engine. The 928 attempted to combine the power, poise, and handling of a sports car with the refinement, comfort, and equipment of a luxury sedan to create what some Porsche executives thought would be a vehicle with wider appeal than the compact, quirky and sometimes ill handling 911. The car had the distinction of being the company's only coupe powered by a front-mounted V8 engine, and the company's first mass-produced V8 powered model. During 1983, the 928S was the fastest car sold in USA, with a top speed of 146 mph.

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