In 1982 it launched the 944 model, which used a front-engine and rear-wheel-drive. By 1991, the outdated model required a replacement. That was the 968.
The 924/944 was built as a more affordable Porsche sports-car. It also was the beginning of water-cooled, front-engine cars for the German car-maker. To achieve a good balance, the gearbox was mounted in the back. The same concept was adopted for the 1991 Porsche 968.
From the outside, the most striking part of the car was the headlights system. Those were tilted back on the hood and were risen when they were needed. The long hood and raked A-pillars made the car looks like a GT. The sloped back covered a wide, but not so deep, trunk. The overall design was a fine blend between the 911, 944, and 928 models.
Like its predecessor, the 944, it featured two seats in the back, fitted for very small children. That was a step forward when compared to the room in the back of a 911. By lowering the seatback, the trunk was extended.
The technical platform featured a combination of McPherson struts in the front and semi-trailing arms in the rear. Under the hood, there was an inline-four engine with a 3.0-liter displacement. It was mounted way back, to help the car reach a balanced weight distribution. The VarioCam variable valve timing allowed a better specific power. The six-speed manual was fitted as standard and there was no other option for the 968.