For those wanting more power from a 944 without the drama and cost of a Turbo, Porsche sent in the 944S to plug the gap for a couple of years. Apart from badges, it was visually the same as the 944, though the Turbo’s rear undertray was added later in production. Under the bonnet, however, was the 16-valve twin-cam head developed for the 1981 924 GTP Le Mans racer. This puts power output bang-slap in-between the standard and Turbo 944s. Never a great seller, more fragile valve gear and complicated belt and chain-drive for camshafts makes them expensive to fix.
Price at launch:
Independent, MacPherson struts, coil spring, wishbone, anti-roll bar
Independent, semi-trailing arm, torsion bar
rack and pinion