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Porsche Of The Day: 1981 Porsche 924 GTS Club Sport ‘Group B’

After producing 400 Porsche 924 Carrera GT road sports cars, Porsche introduced the 924 Carrera GTS, a limited series of 50 competitive cars, in December 1980. The GTS featured a two-liter turbocharged engine with a maximum boost of 1.0 bar, delivering 245 hp at 6,250 rpm, and accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds.

The sport chassis included triangular control arms and McPherson struts at the front, aluminum diagonal control arms with coil springs at the rear, stabilizers, and Bilstein gas-filled shock absorbers. The ventilated, perforated disc brakes were derived from the Porsche 911 Turbo, as were the wheel hubs.

The 924 Carrera GTS was designed purely for performance, with minimal comfort features. The interior was covered in black needle felt, and even the damping material used in the Carrera GT was omitted to reduce weight, bringing the GTS to 1,121 kg.

Of the 50 Carrera GTS units, 15 were built to Club Sport specifications, featuring an increased displacement of 2,093 cc and a larger intercooler, producing 270 hp at 1.1 bar. These Club Sport models weighed just 1,060 kg, making them formidable on the track. They were the fastest production cars Porsche had built at that time. All 15 Club Sport cars were hand-built in Weissach, with nine sold to the US and six to the rest of the world.

Photos by Tom Gidden courtesy of RM Sotheby’s