The rear suspension was redesigned and new control arms were added. The Stuttgart company released a series of front-engine, water-cooled cars, first with the 924 in 1976, then with the 928 in 1978. The car had a nearly even front to rear weight distribution 50. Output increased to 208 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque — almost the equivalent of early Turbo models but without the low-end lag inherent to those cars. Revised bodywork with wider wheel arches, similar to that of the , a fresh interior and upgrades to the braking and systems rounded out the major changes. In total, 1,702 examples of the 944 S2 Cabriolet were produced in 1991, with just 562 units originally planned for export to the United States. During a production run that lasted from 1982 through 1989, 113,070 Porsche 944's were produced.
The S2 had an integrated front bumper and several other changes. Over 163,000 cars were produced in total, making it the most successful sports car in Porsche's history until the introductions of the and. Series 90 16-inch cast alloy wheels were standard equipment. This higher output was achieved by using a larger K26-8 housing and revised engine mapping which allowed maintaining maximum boost until 5,800 rpm, compared to the standard 944 Turbo, the boost would decrease from 1. This featured the widest turn signals indicators fitted to any production car, a strengthened with a different final drive ratio, standard external oil coolers for both the engine and transmission, standard 16 inch wheels optional forged Fuchs wheels , and a slightly stiffer suspension progressive springs to handle the extra weight. . This step was highly effective, but required disassembly of the entire engine, leading to the high cost of the package.
The horsepower rating was now at 250. He says it is extremely rewarding and easy to drive, its rugged construction will give years of trouble-free motoring. Floating 944 calipers were standard, but the rear wheel brake circuit pressure regulator from the 944 turbo was used. An easier option is to find a non-turbo, four-valve S model instead. A sport suspension was optional as was leather interior. To add to the performance of the vehicle, the suspension and gearbox were modified, and wider wheels were used.
Small '16 Ventiler' script badges were added on the sides in front of the body protection mouldings. In 1981 at the Frankfurt Auto Show, the Porsche 944 was announced to the world. In 1989, Porsche introduced the S2 version powered by a new three-liter, normally aspirated engine. The front-engine cars were an attempt by the company to broaden its reach and strengthen its future, but the traditionalists shunned them and the company was eventually forced back to its traditional air-cooled rear engine formula. None were imported to the U. The overall unit was descended from the 928 and was good for 143 hp and a 0-60 time of 8.
The Turbo was the first Porsche production car utilising a ceramic port liner to retain exhaust gas temperature along with new forged pistons and was also the first vehicle to produce an identical power output with or without a catalytic converter. North American-market cars had bigger bumpers and the front bumper had a larger rubber portion, replacing the auxiliary lights as required by the North American laws. The changes that made the Turbo S so special were adapted across the 944 Turbo line-up in 1998 to distance it from the new S2. This featured a limited slip differential and a turbocharged engine. Archived from on 23 February 2015.
The S2 featured a 3. A five-speed transaxle is hung out back, giving the car even weight distribution for excellent handling. A , mid-level model based on the , the 944 was available in or body styles, with either naturally aspirated or engines. At freeway speeds, the 944 is quiet and comfortable and feels much more modern than its model year suggests, passing slower freeway traffic without breaking a sweat. The flares were more than just eye-pleasing, as they allowed Porsche to run wider wheels and tires on later, more powerful 944 variants. The most noticeable change in the new race car was the departure from the Audi sourced 2.
Halfway through the 1985 model year, Porsche revamped the car's interior to match the 911 and 928. The Porsche 944 was introduced in 1983 as a replacement for the 92 and served as an entry level sports car until it was replaced by the Porsche 968 in 1991. The S2 had an increase in power over 50 horsepower per cylinder and offered an excellent torque curve. The 944 was such an amazing package that for 1983 through 1985, Car and Driver rated it in their Ten Best List. This increase was short lived because of the introduction of the 944S2 which featured a 3. While the 924 was most often criticized for uncharacteristic performance courtesy of its Audi four-cylinder, Porsche equipped the 944 with a more powerful alloy 2. Ventilated front and rear disc brakes with 15-inch alloy wheels were standard equipment.
Without the opposing bank of cylinders to balance out vibration, Porsche licensed belt-driven balance-shaft technology from Mitsubishi, which results in near-six-cylinder smoothness. Thanks to a new 16-valve head power climbed to 140 kW. Clutches can be a problem so watch for excessive driveline lash that can mean a clutch replacement. In-line 4-cylidner engines were often plagued with vibrations so Porsche negotiated a deal with Mitsubishi for the use of their 2-balance shafts. The new race car proved to be much more fuel efficient than its predecessor, stopping only 21 times in 24 hours for fuel. After writing a few checks, the car ran perfectly.