Porsche needed a car to replace the 912 and Volkswagen needed a car to replace its Karmann Ghia. They joined forces.
Porsche 914 Model Guides
The standard 914 was powered by Volkswagen’s horizontal four-cylinder engine, producing a power output of 80 hp. Even with the lightweight Porsche body, acceleration suffered. The solution to this was to offer a second version: the 914/6, powered by a six-cylinder engine, total power output exceeded 100 hp. The latter engine was peaky and could be made to do great things–sixth overall at the 24 Hours of LeMans in 1970, for example–but its low take rate demanded a more suitable replacement. This came in 1973, when the fuel-injected variant of Volkswagen’s air-cooled Type 4 engine was dropped in behind the two seats, staying there through 1976, when series production ended.
Porsche 914 Special Model Guides
In terms of special edition and race Porsche 914s, there were several iterations. The Porsche 914-6 GT was a race car built by Porsche, based on the 914 model with a 6-cylinder engine and GT package. The 914-6 GT was a race configured version of the 914-6. Porsche only built 2 914/8s. The first was a development mule that Piëch used to prove the concept of a 914/8. The second was built for Ferry Porsche as a birthday present. Both are very unique 914s still owned by Porsche and regularly shown at the museum in Stuttgart. They had a 300 HP 3.0L 908 engine and a 916 transmission, and was never registered for the street. This was a test bed and a prototype, with many unique features that did not end up on the production 914s. Porsche produced two limited edition 914 models: the Creamsicle and Bumblebee, the latter created to celebrate the Porsche's domination of the Can-Am series with the Type 917. There was also the Porsche 916 and Tapiro concepts.
Porsche 914 Specs Summary
The VW van engine in Porsche’s mid-engined 914 didn’t inspire enthusiasts like other Porsche models. Its humble roots divided the Porsche faithful who couldn’t agree on the 914’s purpose. While the performance numbers weren't spectacular, the Porsche was fun and a true Porsche in nature.
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