Porsche 924 944 and 968 Pictures and Specifications

The Porsche 944 replaced the 924's 2.0-liter Audi inline-four with a 2.5-liter
The Porsche 924 was the first front-engine Porsche, and left a checkered legacy.

The Porsche 924, Porsche 944, and Porsche 968 were a family of front-engine Porsches that gave the German company a needed financial boost, but was nonetheless the subject of much controversy among Porsche traditionalists.

The 924 was Porsche's first front-engine production car when it was introduced in Europe in 1976 and in the U.S. in 1977. Porsche purists didn't like the fact it used an Audi engine, a criticism Porsche address for 1982 with the 944. The 924 and 944 were both stylish 2+2 hatchbacks, with the 944 distinguished visually by blistered-fender bodysides. Both the 924 and the 944 spawned turbocharged models. The 968 bowed in 1991 as the final evolution of the original 924 design, and like its predecessors, had a four-cylinder engine, but was itself derided for its unusual front-end styling.

The pages of pictures and specifications that follow outline the evolution of the Porsche 924 and its descendants from the late 1970s to the mid 1990s.

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1977-1982 Porsche 924 Pictures and Specifications

The Porsche 924 was the first water-cooled front-engine production Porsche. This relatively low-cost coupe was a startling departure from the expensive, air-cooled, rear-engine Porsche 911, and its Audi engine caused fans of the marque to question its Porsche credentials.

The Porsche 924 was a rear-wheel drive, which was unusual in a Porsche.
The Porsche 924 shown here as it looked upon its original 1976 European debut.

This Limited Edition Porsche 924 featured bold graphics, tilt/takeout sunroof, and upgraded interior.
This 1979 Sebring special edition Porsche 924 featured a tilt/takeout sunroof.

1977-1982 Porsche 924 Specifications

Prices New:

  • $9,395 for 1977 model
  • $16,770 for 1982 model
Dimensions:
Length (inches) Wheelbase (inches) Weight (pounds)
170.1 94.5 2,625

Engines:

Size (cc)
Type
Horsepower
Years
1984
sohc I-4
95
1977-1979
1984
sohc I-4
115
1980-1982

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Porsche 911

Porsche 914

Porsche 924, 944, 968

Porsche 928

Porsche 959

Porsche Boxster

Porsche Cayenne

Porsche Cayman

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1980-1982 Porsche 924 Turbo Pictures and Specifications

The Porsche 924 became a more interesting performer with the release of a Turbo model for the 1980 model year. It bowed with 143 horsepower, and quelled some of the criticism that hounded the non-turbo model. The Porsche 924 Turbo was sold through the 1982 model year.

Porsche 924 Turbo front view
The Porsche 924 Turbo was identified by functional hood and nose scoops.

Porsche 924 Turbo rear view
All Porsche 924 Turbos got a rear spoiler. These flat-faced wheels were optional.

1980-1982 Porsche 924 Turbo Specifications

Prices New:

  • $20,800 for 1980 model
  • $21,500 for 1982 model
Dimensions:
Length (inches) Wheelbase (inches) Weight (pounds)
170.1 94.5 2,780

Engines:

Size (cc)
Type
Horsepower
Years
1984
Turbo sohc I-4
143
1980-1981
1984
Turbo sohc I-4
154
1982

Check out the complete story of Porsche cars, including these fabulous models:

Porsche 356

Porsche 911

Porsche 914

Porsche 924, 944, 968

Porsche 928

Porsche 959

Porsche Boxster

Porsche Cayenne

Porsche Cayman

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1987-1988 Porsche 924S Pictures and Specifications

The Porsche 924S hit showrooms in 1987 as a canny combination of 924 body and 944 engine. This cost-effective blend of good performance and good pricing was sold during 1987 and 1988.

The Porsche 924 S was the first 924 available in the U.S. since 1981.
The Porsche 924S wore "telephone-dial" wheels similar to the Porsche 928's.

The Porsche 924 S was the most affordable Porsche in several years at just under $20,000.
The Porsche 924S was affordable, priced at just under $20,000 for 1987.

The Porsche emblem gives the seal of quality to the Porsche 924 S.
With its genuine Porsche engine, the 924S wore its Porsche emblem proudly.


1987-1988 Porsche 924 S Specifications

Prices New:

  • $19,900 for 1987 model
  • $26,560 for 1988 model
Dimensions:
Length (inches) Wheelbase (inches) Weight (pounds)
168.9 94.5 2,734

Engines:

Size (cc)
Type
Horsepower
Years
2479
sohc I-4
147
1987
2479
sohc I-4
158
1988

Check out the complete story of Porsche cars, including these fabulous models:

Porsche 356

Porsche 911

Porsche 914

Porsche 924, 944, 968

Porsche 928

Porsche 959

Porsche Boxster

Porsche Cayenne

Porsche Cayman

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1983-1991 Porsche 944 and 944 S Pictures and Specifications

The Porsche 944 bowed in 1982, answering criticisms that the Audi-built 924 wasn't a "real Porsche." The 944 was available in several different models, including the 944 S, 944 S2, and 944 S2 Cabriolet. The Porsche 944 enjoyed a nine-year run that ended in 1991.

The Porsche 944 boasted a 2.5 liter
The Porsche 944 improved on the 924 with more power and bolder styling.

This display Porsche 944 was built to highlight the many differences from the 924.
The Porsche 944 debuted for 1983 as a 2+2 coupe; a convertible bowed for 1989.


1983-1991 Porsche 944 and 944 S Specifications

Prices New:

  • $18,450 for 1983 944
  • $21,440 for 1984 944
  • $25,550 for 1987 944
  • $30,850 for 1986 944 S
  • $30,995 for 1988 944
  • $47,600 for 1989 944 S2
  • $50,350 for 1991 944 S2 Cabriolet
Dimensions:
Length (inches) Wheelbase (inches) Weight (pounds)
168.9 94.5 2,790

Engines:

Size (cc)
Type
Horsepower
Years
2479
sohc I-4
143-147
1983-1985
2479
sohc I-4
158
1988-1989
2479
dohc I-4
188
1986-1988
2680
sohc I-4
162
1989
2990
dohc I-4
208
1989-1991

Check out the complete story of Porsche cars, including these fabulous models:

Porsche 356

Porsche 911

Porsche 914

Porsche 924, 944, 968

Porsche 928

Porsche 959

Porsche Boxster

Porsche Cayenne

Porsche Cayman

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1986-1989 Porsche 944 Turbo Pictures and Specifications

Porsche upped the performance ante of its entry-level line in a big way by adding a 944 Turbo in 1986. Like that year's regular 944s, it arrived with a more coherent and attractive dashboard, but stood apart with unique nose styling and wider tires on 928-style "telephone dial" alloy wheels. The 944 Turbo was sold from 1986 to 1989.

The Porsche 944 Turbo could go 0-60 mph in six seconds flat and had a top speed of 153 mph.
The Porsche 944 Turbo did 0-60 mph in 6 seconds, had a top speed of 153 mph.

The updated dashboard of the Porsche 944 Turbo was more driver-friendly.
The updated dashboard of the Porsche 944 Turbo was sporty and driver-friendly.

A single turbocharger boosted the Porsche 944 Turbo's engine to 217 horsepower.
A single turbocharger boosted the Porsche 944 Turbo's engine to 217 horsepower.

Most critics agree that the Porsche 944 Turbo was well worth the $29,500 price.
The Porsche 944 Turbo gained 30 horsepower for 1988, for a healthy 247.


1986-1989 Porsche 944 Turbo Specifications

Prices New:

  • $29,500 for 1986 944 Turbo
  • $39,765 for 1988 944 Turbo
  • $47,432 for 1988 944 Turbo S
Dimensions:
Length (inches) Wheelbase (inches) Weight (pounds)
170.0 94.5 2,866

Engines:

Size (cc)
Type
Horsepower
Years
2479
Turbo sohc I-4
217
1986-1988
2479
Turbo sohc I-4
247
1988-1989

Check out the complete story of Porsche cars, including these fabulous models:

Porsche 356

Porsche 911

Porsche 914

Porsche 924, 944, 968

Porsche 928

Porsche 959

Porsche Boxster

Porsche Cayenne

Porsche Cayman

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1992-1995 Porsche 968 Pictures and Specifications

The Porsche 968 was the final model in the evolution of the 924 line. It included updated styling, distinctive lay-back headlights, plus a twincam inline-four enlarged to 3.0 liters, the largest naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine in regular series production. The Porsche 968 was sold from 1992 to 1995.

The Porsche 968 didn't offer a Turbo version, just the coupe and cabrio.
The Porsche 968 came in open Cabriolet and closed coupe versions.

The Porsche 968 started the 1993 season early with the release of the GTS model in spring '92.
The Porsche 968 was a balanced car with a surprisingly potent four-cylinder mill.

A burly 3.0-liter engine powered this 1993 Porsche 968 cabrio.
The Porsche 968 Cabrio stickered for an eye-popping $51,000 in 1992.

The Porsche 968 cabrio was effectively a two-seater -- the back seat was replaced with a carpeted parcel shelf.
The 968 Cabrio was effectively a two-seater -- the "back seat" was a parcel shelf.


1992-1995 Porsche 968 Specifications

Prices New:

  • $39,850 for 1992 968 coupe
  • $51,000 for 1992 968 Cabriolet
Dimensions:
Length (inches) Wheelbase (inches) Weight (pounds)
170.9 94.5 3,086

Engines:

Size (cc)
Type
Horsepower
Years
2990
dohc I-4
236
1992-1995

Check out the complete story of Porsche cars, including these fabulous models:

Porsche 356

Porsche 911

Porsche 914

Porsche 924, 944, 968

Porsche 928

Porsche 959

Porsche Boxster

Porsche Cayenne

Porsche Cayman

For more information on Porsche and other exciting cars, see:

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  • Muscle Cars: Check out 1960s and '70s American muscle cars.