1988 Porsche 944

The Porsche 944S edition arrived in 1987, bringing with it a dual-cam, 16-valve version of the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The engine had a displacement size of 151.e cubic-inches and offered nearly 190 (SAE) horsepower. The base engine in the 944 offered 147 (SAE) horsepower. This was an increase in power by 11, thanks to a free-flowing exhaust system. For those seeking even more, a turbocharged version was available bringing horsepower to nearly 220 (SAE) horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission was standard with an optional three-speed automatic. Disc brakes were located in both the front and rear. Pricing began at $25,500 and rose to over $33,000 for the turbocharged version. Anti-lock brakes were now optional. The Turbo trim levels received driver and passenger airbags, and was optional on other trim levels.


by Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2016

Vehicle Profiles

1988 Porsche 944 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: WP0AB0945JN470761

Porsche built three limited-edition models during the 1988 model year, and one of them was the 944 Anniversary model. It had black leatherette, weight either grey or maroon 'Studio' cloth and silver carpeting. Each of these models were presented with....[continue reading]

Coupe
Chassis #: WP0AB0945JN470761 

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 2009

Concepts by Porsche

Porsche Monthly Sales Volume

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4,817
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5,102
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4,083
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4,020
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4,892
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5,005
April 2018
5,570
March 2018
4,756
February 2018
4,382
January 2018
4,816
December 2017
3,913
November 2017
5,555
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