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1987-1988 PORSCHE 959 specifications


Conceived for the short-lived Group B motor sport formula, the 959 was Porsche’s riposte to the Ferrari 288GTO. Unlike the boisterous but largely conventional Italian supercar, this was a technological tour-de-force with permanent four-wheel-drive and twin sequential turbos. This set-up went some way to eliminating the dreaded lag which typified forced-induction when the car was originally dreamed up in the early 1980s. Unusually – bizarrely even – the front tyres were larger than the rear items, with 80% of the drive going to the back wheels. All cars were made in left-hand-drive.

Production

  • Production:
    250
  • Price at launch:
    £150,251
  • Price (excellent)
    £160,000
  • Price (good):
    £135,000
  • Price (average):
    £100,000
  • Price (project):
    £70,000

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    3.6secs
  • Top speed:
    197.0mph
  • Power:
    444.0bhp
  • Torque:
    369.0lb/ft

Engine

  • Configuration:
    Flat 6
  • Aspiration:
    Turbocharged
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    electronic fuel injection

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, double wishbone, coil springs, anti-roll bar
  • Suspension Rear:
    Independent, double wishbone, coil springs, anti-roll bar
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-Engine AWD
  • Steering:
    rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Six-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4260mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2268mm
  • Width:
    1840mm
  • Height:
    1199mm
  • Weight:
    1350kgs

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