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Balanced: ’86 Porsche 944 Turbo

86 Porsche 944 Turbo

Put two words together – Porsche and Turbo and you are bound to have loads of fun. It doesn’t only apply to the storied 930 but to the very well balanced 944 Coupe. We are fans of Porsche’s front engined, water-cooled cars. When the 928 finally hit its stride, it was one super, luxo GT car. The 924 never really made it for us but the 944 came much closer. The Turbo version sealed the deal. That came in 1985 when Porsche introduced the 944 Turbo, a higher-performance variant, known internally as the 951. Read More


This is the end and then it is not: ’87 Porsche 930 Turbo

Porsche 930 Turbo

We seem to remember a road test of the Porsche Turbo performed by Danny Ongais. He liked the car but it was really scary at times and should be driven by skilled enthusiasts only. That was back during the introduction of the Porsche Turbo Carrera in 1976. It was a fast and demanding car to drive.  And Danny’s warnings were not taken seriously as many 930s were demolished, mostly caused by wicked oversteer and incompetent pilots. We were working for VW/Porsche Audi back in 1978 when Turbos were a hot commodity. The 930 was Intercooled now, pumping out serious HP. You couldn’t get one at list price anywhere. Dealers in Manhattan were clipping investment bankers another $10 grand over for the privilege. And then Porsche announced 1979 would be the end of the 930 for the USA. That is when Porsche pandemonium hit. Read More