The Porsche 944, like each different mildly cool automobile from the ’80s and ’90s, is beginning to be appreciated anew now that it’s sufficiently old to stoke nostalgia. The Porsche manufacturing facility went forward and restored this 1991 944 S2, basically the final word manufacturing 944, to new-spec and appears candy.
Personally, I’m nonetheless on the fence in regards to the look of those automobiles. I really like just about something with pop-up headlights however the 944’s rear quarter nonetheless seems to be a bit wacky to me. I don’t like the way in which the rear hatch window and aspect passenger-area window curve up a bit.
That mentioned, the Cobalt Blue Metallic automobile the Porsche manufacturing facility’s gone by means of right here is fairly gorgeous and it is cool to see a severe collector-level restoration being utilized to it. There have been three of those (base 944s, not S2s) amongst my group of associates once I was in highschool… no one with severe Porsche cash paid any consideration to transaxle Porsches in 2005 and so they had been purchased for pocket lint in poor situation. I distinctly keep in mind one in every of them catching hearth in an AutoZone parking zone.
Porsche’s press release celebrating the completion of this venture has some data on why the S2 variant is additional particular:
“Among the many numerous 944 fashions, the 944 S2 is a form of inside tip and is price a attempt for a lot of causes. Firstly, it’s fairly uncommon; between 1988 and 1991, fewer than 9,400 Coupés and seven,000 Cabriolets had been constructed – unfold over all continents. The late fashions with entrance airbags are notably uncommon. Secondly, the 944 S2 is an absolute technical spotlight as a result of its 211 metric horsepower 3.0-litre engine made historical past because the four-cylinder engine for passenger automobiles with the biggest displacement. [About 206 lb-ft] of torque can be found right here at 4,100 RPM. The three.0-liter four-valve naturally aspirated engine additionally presents higher driveaway efficiency than the two.5-liter twin-valve turbo engine, as a result of the turbocharged engine wants a sure engine pace to beat the turbo lag.”
Apparently the ’91 S2 is the one to get in case you’re on the lookout for a 944 worthy of a whole retool:
“We deliberately seemed for a 944 S2 from 1991, the final 12 months of manufacture. It needed to have airbags, as a result of security can be vital in traditional automobiles, and there are additionally nearly by no means any cracks within the plastic with airbag fittings. The 944 S2 shares the airbag steering wheel (customary from February 1991) with the 964, 928 S4 (non-obligatory), 928 GTS and 968 (CS additionally non-obligatory). It could not concern purists, however the heavier airbag steering wheel offers the 944 S2 a distinct and extra stable steering feeling than the skinny four-spoke steering wheels that originated from the 924 and 911 G mannequin period. An air-con system and the Targa roof had been additionally important.”
If you wish to dig in much more:
“Different particular options had been the unique height-adjustable suspension (M 030, like on the 944 Turbo) and an additionally unique sound system – the Blaupunkt radio “Symphony” along with a further amplifier with built-in Blaupunkt equalizer plus sound bundle, in addition to the absolutely practical Bosch automobile phone linked to this. The latter was positioned within the baggage compartment with the working unit within the cockpit. Here’s a helpful tip – take barely longer when looking for a automobile to discover a car like this with particular gear. Numerous latest invoices confirmed us that the earlier proprietor had stored the technical programs in cheap form (together with alternative of the toothed belt).”
It’s unclear what precisely Porsche is planning on doing with this automobile, however the firm has an unbelievable museum in Stugartt that it’d look nice in. And if there’s no room there, I’m positive the crew that introduced the automobile again to its unique glory may promote it simply sufficient.
Right here’s a mini slideshow of the seat restoration, which seems to be loads like my methodology, which is “put a seat cowl from eBay on it.”
I’d like to see different automakers restore discovered machines from their previous like this, and hope this 944 S2 is as good to drive as it’s to take a look at. Take a peek inside, too… Automobile! Telephone!