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Totally Fun Cabriolet
1992 Porsche 968
By Alain Gayot
Porsche 968 Front

In short: A sporty, tight-handling two-seat convertible.

The successor to the Porsche 944 was advertised in German magazines using the slogan "The old dream of a sports car – the new Porsche 968." It rolled off the production line in Zuffenhausen as a Coupé and Cabriolet variant from July 1991 – as the promising continuation of the transaxle model range in the four-cylinder car segment. It was granted a particularly lavish premiere in Great Britain, with numerous prominent guests attending the event at Porsche Cars Great Britain. The Intelsat 2 television satellite enabled the premiere to be relayed live to large screens at all 26 British Porsche Centres.

Porsche 968 Porsche 968 Front End

The car's new design was the focus of attention. "Now it has the typical Porsche face," commented then Porsche boss Arno Bohn on the car's front view, which was somewhat reminiscent of the Porsche 928. The interior offered passengers the customary hallmarks of Porsche quality: "High-quality materials, meticulous workmanship down to the last detail, an air of luxury," noted the German magazine auto motor and sport.

The Stuttgart-based magazine noted the following with regard to the revised four-cylinder engine with variable camshaft control, whose 305 Nm made it the highest-torque naturally aspirated engine in its class: "It offers excellent performance, responds well to the accelerator, remains virtually free of vibrations thanks to two balancer shafts and is low on fuel consumption.

Porsche 968 Motor

The 968 had more to offer than a new outfit and a refined engine, however, the press release emphasizing further merits as follows: "The chassis designed for perfect road contact, the race track-tested brake system, the airbags which come as standard for the driver and passenger and the optimised body structure demonstrate the high standard of active and passive safety."

Porsche 968 Interior

Austrian journalist Gerhard Plattner left buyers in no doubt as to the reliability and durability of this new member of the Porsche family, immediately putting the 968 through an endurance test covering 100 000 kilometres in 100 days, at the end of which he confirmed that "the 968 ran without the slightest problem in the toughest conditions." His test car was fitted with the four-speed Tiptronic transmission, which was available as an option alongside the new six-speed transmission.

Porsche 968 Rear

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Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door cabriolet

Engine: 3.0-liter in-line 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 240 bhp @ 6200 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual transmission

Curb weight: 1,370 kg
Wheelbase: 2,400 mm
4,320/1,735/1,275 mm

Brakes: four-wheel disc with ABS

Safety: front air bags

Chassis: Integral body frame with independent front wheel suspension with wishbones and suspension struts, stabilisers and longitudinal torsion spring bars, and independent rear wheel suspension with diagonal control arms and transverse torsion bar springs, stabilisers, telescopic shock absorbers

0-100 mph: 6 seconds
Top Speed: 252 km/h

EPA City: n/a
EPA Highway: n/a

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(Updated: 02/21/08)

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