944 series was introduced in 1982 and went out of production in 1991, to be replaced by the 968 series. In 1987 the company introduced a Turbo available as both a coupe and cabriolet.
What separated the Turbo from the standard model was its revised bodywork, bearing more than a passing similarity to the 924 turbo and the 924 Carrera GT, with new front and rear cast aluminum control arms.
Interior wise the 944 Turbo S interior featured burgundy plaid upholstered driver and passenger full power seats. Other refinements included a newly designed dashboard as well as new door panels. For lovers of music on the move, 1985 Porsche
944 Turbo was fitted with a 10 speaker sound system and equalizer + amp as standard feature with its own embedded radio antenna.
Technical refinements included upgrades to the alternator (from 90 amps to a 115 amp), increased oil sump capacity, increased capacity in the fuel tank, and revised transaxle mountings to reduce engine noise and vibration.
Cookie cutter style wheels that were standard in previous 944s received an upgrade to wheels that were more in the "phone dial" style wheels, known as Club Sport design. Wheels on the 944 turbo were almost twice the diameter than the standard model, causing alterations to the front and rear fender of the turbo version to accommodate them.
Such were the diversity of changes and improvements to the 1985 models that cars produced in that year and onwards were often referred to as "1985B” cars.
Engine power in the 1985 Porsche
944 Turbo was a turbocharged and intercooled version of the standard design version. The turbo was capable of producing 247 horse powers at 6000 revolutions a minute. The car was capable of reaching from 0-60 miles per hour (0-97 km/h) in 5.5 seconds.
What was particularly innovative about the 944 turbo engine was that it was the first car in the World to utilize a portliner made from ceramics in order to lower temperatures in the gas exhaust system. All in all the turbo featured a variety of revisions, affecting the aerodynamics of the car, a strengthened gear box and updated suspension, based around Koni adjustable shock absorbers in the front and rear of the car.
Transmission on the 944 Turbo S was boosted by hardened first and second gears including synchromesh, as well as limited slip differential with a 40% lockup as standard. Front brakes on the 944 turbo were taken from the Porsche
928 S4, with the addition of larger 4 pistons, fixed calipers and rotors. Also standard was an ABS system.
The 944's final year of production was 1991, but before that the car succeeded in making the Car and Driver’s Ten Best list as well as winning the award of "Best Handling Production Car in America."
During their entire production run, more than twenty five thousand Porsche
944 Turbo’s were produced and sold, making it probably the most successful Porsche
turbo to date.
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