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Retrospect: The Porsche 959

Porsche's technology milestone launched new supercar era

When discussing breakthroughs in sportscar technology, the Porsche 959 merits its own chapter, if not a book. Introduced in the mid-1980s, this genuine supercar emerged as a spearhead of innovation, vastly surpassing the technology Porsche had developed to date. While the standard 911 was not short on performance or prestige, the 959 took its legacy further, introducing features that were well ahead of the entire automotive landscape. Advanced all-wheel-drive, computer-controlled suspension and sequential turbocharging put the supercar world on notice.

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