944 Turbo (951/952)
For the 1985 model year Porsche introduced the 944 Turbo, known internally as the 951. This had a turbocharged and intercooled version of the standard car’s engine that produced 220 PS at 6000 rpm.
In 1987, Car and Driver tested the 944 Turbo and achieved a 0-60 mph time of 5.9 seconds. The turbo was the world’s first car using a ceramic port liner to retain exhaust gas temperature and new forged pistons and was also the first vehicle to produce identical power output with or without a catalytic converter.
The Turbo also featured several other changes, such as improved aerodynamics, a strengthened gearbox with a different final drive ratio, standard external oil coolers for both the engine and transmission, standard 16 inch wheels (optional forged Fuchs wheels), and a slightly stiffer suspension (Progressive springs) to handle the extra weight. Major engine component revisions, more than thirty in all, were made to the 951 to compensate for increased internal loads and heat.
1986 Porsche 944
1986 10 Best Cars
JANUARY 1986 BY DON SHERMAN
“Turbocharging is a way of life at Weissach. If a blower can possibly be bolted onto a Porsche engine, it will be—at the earliest opportunity. In the case of the 944, the 1986 model year is your cue to celebrate life on the plus side of the manifold-pressure gauge.
Of course, the 944 Turbo is fun, fast, and frightfully expensive. Attacking that list in reverse order, the price just barely clears our #30,000 ceiling, a stretch of your right leg will carry you to 157 mph, and the only activities that are more entertaining than driving this car demand a live partner.
Where does this leave the regular 944? The truth of the matter is that most of us at Car and Driver prefer it to the Turbo for everything but flat-out, high-speed, get-me-to-the-church-on-time pursuits. The standard 944 has better throttle response and its steering feels sharper on center.
Furthermore, the normally aspirated 944 is about the best sports-car value going. This is more true than ever for 1986, because Porsche has seen fit to give this machine several new suspension components and a new instrument panel (both of which were developed for the Turbo) without raising the price a smidgen. All of which makes one wonder what exactly Porsche has in mind for next year.”
VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2+2-passenger, 3-door coupe
BASE PRICE: $22,950-29,500
ENGINE TYPE(S): normally aspirated or turbocharged and intercooled 4-in-line, aluminum block and head, Bosch Motronic engine-control system
Displacement: 151 cu in, 2479 cc
Power (SAE net): 147-217 bhp
TRANSMISSION(S): 5-speed, 3-speed auto
Wheelbase: 94.5 in Length: 168.9 in
Exterior Color: Special Paint, Stone Grey Metallic (All original with clear bra/tinted windows)
Interior: Black leather with linen carpet (All original)/Black
Mileage: 30,141 miles (four owner car)
Books, records, impeccably serviced, a documented 944 ready to be enjoyed.
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