The Porsche 968 is the successor to the 944 model which began production in 1982, and the predecessor to the Porsche 986 Boxster which was founded in 1996, and production at factories located in Stuttgart and ended in 2004.
For the more demanding customer, in just 16 units a version of the 968 Turbo S has been created, equipped with a 305 HP 3.0-liter turbo unit at 5400 rpm, whose cylinder diameter and piston stroke are the same as the standard model. 968 – 104 mm and 88 mm respectively.
The 968 Turbo S offers a maximum torque of 500 Nm at 3,000 rpm and has a top speed of 282 km / h. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h takes 4.9 seconds; The car can cover a distance of 400 m in 13 seconds, interestingly, the first kilometer takes 23.6 seconds.
It is also worth mentioning the top version of the 968 which is called the 968 Turbo RS. Cannot be purchased because the car is specially made for the needs of various racing series. 968 Turbo RS develops power in the range of 337-350 hp.
968 Exterior Design
The Porsche 968 is 4,320 mm long, 1,735 mm wide and 1,275 mm high. They are offered as 2-door coupé or 2-door convertible. Since August 1991, the Porsche 968 placed in the G segment was produced exclusively in Stuttgart. Optional equipment for the Porsche 968 is included, including air conditioning.
968 For Sale
The 968 was one of the cheapest models offered by the German manufacturer in the 90s. Prices start from $33,991 to $33,991 for the base unit. This was achieved by using more available and less proprietary materials and installing the engine on the front of the body, cooled by liquid rather than air, as in the iconic 911 case. Interestingly, at first, fans of the brand did not like this solution. Finally, they changed their minds after learning about the great driving characteristics of the Porsche 968.
The Porsche 968 is only available with a 3.0 liter inline 4-cylinder engine with 240 hp at 6,200 rpm (maximum torque of 305 Nm at 4,100 rpm), which works on an injection system and one with a cylinder diameter of 104 mm and a piston stroke of 88 mm.
The Model 968 with a 6-speed manual gearbox accelerates to the hundreds in 6.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 255 km / h. The result of the 968 with the same engine, but connected to the Tiptronic transmission, looks much worse. The 0-100 km / h sprint takes 7.9 seconds and a top speed of 247 km / h. The version with manual transmission covers a distance of 400 m in 14.7 seconds.
968 Fuel Consumption
Importantly, the Porsche 968’s average fuel consumption is 10.0 l / 100 km, which is a very good result for a sports car. It should be added that the manufacturer also uses ventilated disc brakes with an ABS system. They allow the vehicle to brake more effectively from higher speeds.
968 Problems And Reliability
- Powerful drive unit and quite economical
- Option to choose a strengthened version of the Turbo S
- Excellent driving characteristics
- Finishing material with satisfying quality
- Failure free
- Little space in the interior
- Produced few copies and high prices on the secondary market
Production of the Porsche 968 was discontinued after four years in July 1995. The main reason for the 968’s early withdrawal from the assembly line was low demand. 968 is the last Porsche with a four-cylinder engine.
The Porsche 968 was made in just 12,776 copies, which currently translates to the high price tag and lack of availability of this model on the market.