Following the international success of the 924, a more powerful Porsche-designed all-alloy, 2.5-litre inline-four, producing 163 bhp, was introduced in 1982 for the 944. Porsche engineers were able to produce a very smooth running four-cylinder engine by utilising two counter-rotating balance shafts running at twice engine speed. These carry eccentric weights which produce inertial forces that balance out the unbalanced secondary forces, making a four-cylinder engine feel as smooth as a six.
Cosmetically, the bodywork was revised with wider wheel arches (similar to that of the 924 Carrera GT), a fresh interior and upgrades to the braking and suspension systems. With greater visual presence and the performance to match, better handling, stopping power and more creature comforts, the 944 was a major step forward.
A turbo version of the 944 was always on the cards, and it boosted the 2.5-litre engine by nearly 60bhp, whilst both the clutch and gearbox were uprated to suit. The chassis was beefed up and thicker anti-roll bars and four-pot brake callipers were fitted. A smooth nose panel and a larger rear spoiler distinguished it from its lesser siblings. For 1988, a Turbo SE was offered with 250bhp thanks to a larger turbocharger, the transmission was again upgraded, and a limited slip diff was fitted along with uprated brakes and Koni dampers. From 1989-1991 the ‘SE’ specification was adopted for the standard 944 Turbo making it somewhat of a sleeping giant.
This wonderfully original late model 944 Turbo is presented in metallic Panther Black with full leather interior in very good order. We are told that the car drives beautifully thanks to a full and extensive history with servicing over its lifetime. There is an exhaustive history file with invoices, receipts and related paperwork with approximately £13,000 having been spent in the last 4 years which includes new clutch, disks/pads, sensors, fuel pump, replacement main oil seal, fuel pipes, brake pipe, full Turbo AOR gearbox rebuild (£2,000 parts alone), camshaft belts and tensioners, various seals, gators, gaskets, sensors, supply and return fuel pipes etc. A thoroughly pampered car that has been very well preserved, the car benefits from a current MOT, Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and UK V5C registration. An exceptional example of this wonderful front-engined Porsche whose stock continues to rise in the current market.
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