1987 Porsche 944

The Porsche 944 was powered by a water-cooled, overhead-cam four-cylinder engine that displaced 151.3 cubic-inches and produced 147 SAE horsepower. The 944S version had a 16-valve engine that offered 188 SAE horsepower. With this engine, the car was capable of achieving a top speed of 142 mph. A turbocharged engine was also available, offering 217 SAE horsepower.

The 944 could be purchased with a five-speed manual or three-speed automatic. Disc brakes could be found in both the front and rear.

The 944 was available as a coupe with 2+2 seating. Pricing ranged from $25,500 - $33,250 depending on the engine selected.

Porsche sold 23,632 vehicles in the United States in 1987, with that figure falling to 15,737 the following year.


by Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2011

Vehicle Profiles

1987 Porsche 944 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: WP0AA2957HN153114

Porsche introduced the highly refined Grand Touring 944 for 1982. It was a front-engine car with rear-wheel drive and was based on the 924 platform. Body style options included a cabriolet or coupe.....[continue reading]

1987 Porsche 944 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: WP0AA0940HN452987

Introduced in 1983, the 944 quickly gained the respect of sports car enthusiasts and was named the best handling production car in America by Car and Driver magazine. One of the adjectives used most often to describe the car in reviews was 'balanced.....[continue reading]

1987 Porsche 944 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: WP0AA0944HN452281

This Porsche was completed at the Neckarsulm Porsche factory in the initial 'S' production year. It was built for the United States market and has remained in the New Jersey area since new. It had one previous owner and currently has just over 15,000....[continue reading]

Coupe
Chassis #: WP0AA2957HN153114 
Coupe
Chassis #: WP0AA0940HN452987 
Coupe
Chassis #: WP0AA0944HN452281 

History

In 1981 at the Frankfurt Auto Show, the Porsche 944 was announced to the world. The Porsche 944 was introduced in 1983 as a replacement for the 92 and served as an entry level sports car until it was replaced by the Porsche 968 in 1991. It was based on the 924 and had the same interior instrumentation but had wider wheel arches. During its lifespan the 944 had mechanical and a few aesthetic upgrades, as well as name changes including the 944S, 944 Turbo, and the 944S2.
Powered by 2.5 liter, 4-cylinder engine built at Porsches Zuffenhausen factory, it was capable of producing 174 horsepower. The engine was placed in the front and powered the rear transaxle. In-line 4-cylidner engines were often plagued with vibrations so Porsche negotiated a deal with Mitsubishi for the use of their 2-balance shafts. A 5-speed manual gearbox was mated to the engine and an optional automatic was available. In 1986, Porsche introduced a turbo version of the 944 and improved the aerodynamics of the vehicle. Internally to Porsche, it was known as the Type 951. By turbo charging the engine, the horsepower was increased to 220 horsepower. To add to the performance of the vehicle, the suspension and gearbox were modified, and wider wheels were used.

The 944 was such an amazing package that for 1983 through 1985, Car and Driver rated it in their Ten Best List. The Turbo version was mentioned in the 1986 list.

In 1985, the interior received upgrades including the instrumentation, electrical system, and drivers power seat. The rear suspension was redesigned and new control arms were added.

In 1986 the warranty on the 944 was increased to 10-year no-rust protection and a 5-year or 50,000 mile drivetrain warranty. A sport suspension was optional as was leather interior. A mandatory third brake light was mounted near the top of the rear glass hatch.

In 1987, the 944S was introduced. The 'S' stood for 'Sport' or 'Super' but it was the safety aspects of the vehicle rather than 'sport' aspects that saw improvements. The braking system was improved with the addition of an ABS (Anti-lock brakes) and the interior was given driver and passenger air bags. A sixteen valve engine was now under the hood and the overall horsepower rating increased slightly to around 188.

In 1988 the 944 Turbo S was introduced. This featured a limited slip differential and a turbocharged engine. The horsepower rating was now at 250.

In 1989 the base 944 engine displacement was increased to 2.7 liters. This increase was short lived because of the introduction of the 944S2 which featured a 3.0 liter displacement.

A 944 S3 was planned but after analysis and design, the conclusion was made that a replacement for the 944 was needed. In 1992, the 968 was introduced and sold in parallel with the 928 until the 1995 model year when production of both vehicles ceased.

The Type 945 represents the 944 model but with right-hand drive. The Type 951 designates the 1985-1991 Turbo version and the Type 952 represents the 1988 944 Turbo S right-hand drive.

During a production run that lasted from 1982 through 1989, 113,070 Porsche 944's were produced. 25,107 were Turbos, 12,936 were 944S and 6,439 were S2.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2006

Concepts by Porsche

Porsche Monthly Sales Volume

February 2019
4,826
January 2019
5,419
November 2018
5,673
October 2018
4,817
September 2018
5,102
August 2018
4,083
July 2018
4,020
June 2018
4,892
May 2018
5,005
April 2018
5,570
March 2018
4,756
February 2018
4,382
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