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Porsche 968 - The Full Story & Timeline

The history, updates and story behind the Porsche 968.

The Porsche 968 was Porsche’s last new front-engined vehicle (of any type) before the introduction of the Porsche Cayenne SUV. Its discontinuation in 1995 coincided with that of the Porsche 928, Porsche’s only other front-engined car at the time.

Porsche 968 Model Guides

There were three core Porsche 968 models over its relatively short life. The base Porsche 968 came in both a coupe and cabriolet body and ran from 1992 through till 1995.

Porsche 968 Coupe (1992 - 1995)
The Porsche 968 was a new-and-improved version of the Porsche 944. The 968 also came with an upgraded engine, an improvement on the 2.7L M44/12 16-valve inline-four cylinder engine found in the last base Porsche 944 model from 1989. The new engine now has a 3.0L capacity and makes 237 horsepower, a 64HP upgrade from the 2.7L model. In addition to the engine, the 968 also came with a new transmission. The 944 has a 3-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual transmission.
Porsche 968 Cabriolet
Launched in August 1991 for the 1992 model year, the 968 was available in two body styles: a Coupe and a Cabriolet. Cabriolets came with reinforced bodyshells to compensate for the lack of a roof. Porsche quoted a weight of 1370kg for the Coupe and 1440kg for the Cabriolet. Cabriolet top speeds were slightly slower owing to their messier aerodynamics, but it was dynamically pretty impressive despite the non-coupe body.
Porsche 968 Sport
A UK-only version called "968 Sport", was offered in 1994 and 1995, and was essentially a Club Sport model (and was produced on the same production line with similar chassis numbers) with power windows, electric release boot, central locking, cloth comfort seats (different from both the standard and the Club Sport). The Sport variant also got back the two rear seats, again in the cloth material specific to the Sport.

Porsche 968 Special & Motorsport Model Guides

The Turbo RS was a race car that was made for production when it was homologated as the Porsche 968 Turbo S, a very limited edition car for the road. The Porsche 968 CS Coupe and the UK only 968 Sport were lightweight specials that were definitely the cream of the crop. Below we take a look at the 968 models in detail.

In 1992, Porsche introduced the 968 Turbo RS racecar which it developed to compete in the new ADAC GT racing series in Germany. The car was based on the 968 coupe with limited lightening due to the regulations of the series which had a 4kg/bhp power/weight ratio limit. The car featured a K27 turbo boosting the 3.0 litre, 4 cylinder engine and an 8V head, similar to the 944 Turbo S, rather than using the 16V 968 head.
From late 1992 through 1995, Porsche offered a lighter-weight "Club Sport" version of the 968 designed for enthusiasts seeking increased track performance. Much of the 968's luxury-oriented equipment was removed or taken off the options list; less sound deadening material was used and power windows were replaced with crank-driven units. Upgraded stereo systems, A/C and sunroof were still optional as on the standard Coupe and Convertible models.
In 1993, Porsche Motorsports at Weissach briefly produced a turbocharged 968 Turbo S. The 968 Turbo S shared the same body and interior as the Club Sport and visually can be identified by the NACA bonnet hood scoops, adjustable rear wing, three-piece speedline wheels and deeper front spoiler. The 968 Turbo S was powered by a 3.0 L engine with a 8-valve SOHC cylinder head (from the 944 Turbo S) and 944S2 style engine block. 0 - 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 175 mph.

Porsche 968 Performance Overview

Below we take a look at the performance and specifications for the core production model Porsche 968s.

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Performance and technical specifications data as well as access to Porsche 968 sales brochures and equipment and options codes. You name it, we have it.

Porsche 968 Sales & Parts Catalogs

Free to download Porsche 968 brochures. We have both sales brochures for the 968 as well as parts catalogs. The sales brochures give you a great look into how Porsche positioned the 968 in its sales materials. The parts catalogs are an invaluable tool for finding the information you need for replacements and DIY work.

Porsche 968 Options & Equipment

All the Porsche 968 equipment and options codes for every year model. We have also included Porsche 968 paint and interior colors and options. We broke out these documents by year where possible to make finding what you need easier.

Porsche 968 Model Timeline
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