Porsche 968
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Make: Porsche
Model: 968
Porsche 968

The 968 actually began as a 944 S3 that was intended to replace the S2 version that Porsche had introduced in 1989. However, so many of the 944's parts were changed or replaced during the development process that Porsche decided to launch the variant as a new model. And from there, the 968 nameplate was born. Production of this model occurred in Porsche's own factory in Zuffenhausen. It was sold by Porsche AG of Germany from 1992 to 1995 and was marketed as the replacement for the Porsche 944. Production ended in the 1995 model year, at which point it represented the end of a series that began nearly 20 years earlier. The 968's styling resembled the 928, but it looked much more like a blend of the 911 and a 944 S2. The 968 was available as both a coupe and as a convertible, but much of the 968's chassis was carried over from the 944 S2. Borrowed parts include the 4-piston brake calipers on all four wheels, aluminum semi-trailing arms and aluminum front A-arms. The steel unibody structure was also very much the same as the previous models. Porsche, however, tried to state that 80% of the car was new, which really does not seem to be the case. The 968 nevertheless was powered by an updated version of the 944's straight-4 engine, now displacing 3.0 L and producing 240 PS. Further changes to the 968's power train included the VarioCam variable valve timing system, newly-optimized induction and exhaust systems, a dual-mass flywheel, and updated engine management electronics. Additionally, the 968's engine was the second-largest 4-cylinder ever offered in a production car, and it was the most powerful naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder engine ever sold in a production automobile up to that point. In reality, whether or not this car was actually new, or just another is disguise, does not diminish the fact that it was a great car.

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