Posts Tagged: Porsche history

Mercedes-Benz 500 E (1990-1995)
By October 8, 2015 Read More →

Mercedes-Benz 500 E (1990-1995)

Mercedes-Benz 500 E made its first appearance at the Paris motor show in October 1990. This powerhouse of the 124 Series had surprisingly modest appearance. Only the somewhat more voluminous wings, the slightly lower body and a modified front apron with inset fog lamps differentiate it from the other models in the 124 series.

Porsche 911 2.4 (1972-1973)
By July 10, 2015 Read More →

Porsche 911 2.4 (1972-1973)

Only possible way to achieve smaller emissions and still deliver the same performanc as before, was to increase the engine displacement. Porsche decided not not to increase engine bore, but rather piston stroke. The result was the Porsche 911 2.4.

VW-Porsche 914 (1969-76)
By February 3, 2013 Read More →

VW-Porsche 914 (1969-76)

Back in the mid-60s Volkswagen was looking for a successor to its then rather outdated Type 34 sports coupe, better known as the Karmann Ghia. At the same time Porsche was striving to expand its position in the market with a sports car in the promising segment beneath the 911. Facing this challenge Ferry Porsche and VW’s CEO Heinrich Nordhoff agreed in spring 1966 on a joint venture destined to benefit both parties. Porsche was given the assignment by Volkswagen to develop a low-cost mid-engined sports car intended to enter the market as a Volkswagen with four cylinders and as a Porsche with a six-cylinder boxer engine.

Porsche 908 Coupe (1968)
By January 7, 2013 Read More →

Porsche 908 Coupe (1968)

After FIA reduced the engine capacity limit to 3 litres for prototypes in the World Constructors’ Championships at the end of 1967, Porsche designed the 908 sports car to have an even footing with its rivals in the competition for the title. Porsche 908 was the first Porsche sports car to have an engine with the maximum size allowed by the rules. Its new 3-litre engine was tailor-made to the large capacity class for the first time in the long motorsport history of Porsche.

Porsche 911 2.2 (1970-1971)
By October 23, 2012 Read More →

Porsche 911 2.2 (1970-1971)

In the 1970 Porsche 911’s engine capacity was increased from 2.0 to 2.2 litres. The new 2.2-litre engine was used in all versions of the 911. With a bigger displacement, the engine produced more power and better top performance, but the torque gain also improved driveability at lower speeds.

Porsche 911 2.0 (1964-1969)
By April 18, 2012 Read More →

Porsche 911 2.0 (1964-1969)

By the mid 1950s, Ferry Porsche had decided that completely new model was needed to maintain the technological edge of the Porsche brand. The planning work of the new model started in 1957, after Ferry Porsche had defined the key specifications for successor of the Porsche 356.

Porsche 356 Light Metal Coupe (1951)
By September 3, 2011 Read More →

Porsche 356 Light Metal Coupe (1951)

Motorsport has been a part of Porsche’s history right from the start. Before the production lines where set up in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, around 50 examples of the 356 aluminium coupe were produced in the Austrian town of Gmünd between 1949 and 1951. In 1951 these aluminium coupes became the basis for Porsche’s entry into the world of automotive racing. Porsche 356 Light Metal Coupe had a self-supporting steel body with aluminium outer panelling. The length of the car was 3860mm and it had a wheel base of 2100mm. The car’s weigth was 640 kg. It had a torsion-bar suspension and hydraulic drum brakes. The air-cooled, four-cylinder twin-valve induction engine had a displacement of 1488cc and produced 70 horsepower at 5000rpm. With the four-speed gearbox it could reach a top speed of 162 km/h. The car was specially modified for racing. The tank capacity was increased to 78 litres by moving it further forward and shaping it to fit around the spare tyre. In order to accelerate refuelling, the filler neck protruded in the centre through the front lid.

Porsche 944 (1982-1991)
By August 3, 2011 Read More →

Porsche 944 (1982-1991)

Porsche 944 was introduced in 1982 as Porsche’s new entry level model. The Porsche 944 was a replacement for the Porsche 924, although the 924 stayed in production until 1988 as an even lower-priced alternative. The Porsche 944 was based on the 924, but featured numerous changes including updated bodywork. The interior was mostly the same as in the 924. The 944 was introduced with a 2.5-litre straight-4 engine. The 4-cylinder engine was basically one half of the Porsche 928’s 5.0-litre V8 engine. While the engine design was very similar to the V8, very few parts were interchangeable.