Porsche 959 Pictures and Specifications

The Porsche 959's acceleration to 60 mph was astounding, routinely reported at just under four seconds.
The Porsche 959's acceleration to 60 mph was astounding at just under 4 seconds.

The Porsche 959 entered production during 1988 as promised, even though the Group B racing class for which it was designed had been abandoned before it really got started. Though obviously 911-based, the 959 was unique in many ways. Not least of these was appearance, which was highly functional, from hollow-spoke wheels to lower-body air ducts to ultra-wide tail.

This twin-turbo, all-wheel-drive tour de force was bred to be Porsche's ultimate road car. The pictures and specifications on the next page give an idea of the triumph of this Porsche model.

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1987-1988 Porsche 959 Pictures and Specifications

With all-wheel drive, aerodynamic bodywork, and a 450-horsepower "boxer" six, the Porsche 959 set a new standard for roadgoing performance, handling, and grip. The 959 wasn't street-legal in the U.S., but a few undoubtedly came in via "gray market" channels. "Consumer" models were built between 1987 and 1990, but most were spoken for by 1988.

Styling for the Porsche 959 was carefully shaped to give zero lift -- important given the 195-mph top speed.
The Porsche 959 was shaped to give zero lift, a must given the 195-mph top speed.

The Porsche 959 was carefully designed inside and out to give the most power.
The Porsche 959 was carefully designed inside and out for maximum power.

Most of the Porsche 959's body was rendered in light high-tech Kevlar composite.
Most of the Porsche 959's body was rendered in light high-tech Kevlar composite.

The powerful 450-horsepower
The 450-horsepower "boxer" six fueled the Porsche 959's incredible power and speed.

1987-1988 Porsche 959 Specifications

Price New:

  • $180,000
Dimensions:
Length (inches) Wheelbase (inches) Weight (pounds)
167.7 89.4 3,088

Engines:

Size (cc)
Type
Horsepower
Years
2800
Twin turbo
dohc flat 6
450
1987-1988

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

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

  • Consumer Guide Porsche new car prices and reviews
  • Consumer Guide Porsche used car prices and reviews
  • Consumer Guide premium performance cars prices and reviews
  • Ferrari: Learn about hundreds of road and racing Ferraris.
  • Muscle Cars: Check out 1960s and '70s American muscle cars.