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In 1969 Porsche produced its first mid-engine road car the 914/4, powered by a Volkswagen 1.7 liter flat four air cooled engine. The 914/6 had the 2 liter flat six Porsche engine producing 110 bhp and 120 mph.

The Porsche 914 was an automobile built collaboratively by Volkswagen and Porsche from 1969 through 1976. VW/Porsche originally intended it to be sold in four cylinder trim as a Volkswagen, to be the top-spec VW sports car, and in six cylinder trim as a Porsche, to be Porsche's entry level car, replacing the 912. However, Porsche decided during development that having VW and Porsche models sharing the same body would be risky for business in the U.S. market, and convinced VW to allow them to sell both versions as Porsches in North America.

Volkswagen versions originally came with a fuel-injected 1.7 litre flat-4 engine based on the unit that powered the 411 and 412 saloon cars, although 1.8 and 2.0 litre engines became avaliable as time went on. Porsche's 914/6 variant came with a carburated 2.0 litre flat six cylinder engine, taken from the 911S. VW manufactured the rolling chassis at their own plant, then either sent them to Porsche for fitment of the Porsche suspension and flat-six engine or kept them in house for their own hardware. Karmann manufactured the bodies, including the targa-top system.

Porsche handled export to the U.S., where both versions were badged and sold as Porsches. Many enthusiasts regard this as having been a big mistake on Porsche's part. 914 production ended in 1976, two years prior to the introduction of it's eventual replacment, the 924. Porsche reused the 912, in an updated form called 912E, to fill the gap.

The 914 was Motor Trend's Import Car of the Year for 1970.

1969 Porsche 914/4


1969 Porsche 914/8

...the Porsche 914 was the first car built jointly with VW. Produced between 1969 and 1976.






So what is this "-4" or "1.8" or "/6" designation, then?
When it was introduced in 1969 (1970?), there were two types available. The 914/4 used a fuel-injected 1.7 liter "pancake" four-cylinder engine derived from that used in the VW 411. The 914/6 came with a carbeurated 2.0 liter engine derived from that used by the 1969 911T. The /6 did not sell very well, and was dropped after the 1972 model year. The 1972 914/6 is pretty rare--only about 240 were made--and was never officially exported to the US.

In 1973, Porsche introduced a 2.0 liter four-cylinder model. Early information labeled it as the "914 S", but this designation was dropped shortly before the model became available in the US. The two versions were labeled by their displacement--the 914/1.7 and the 914/2.0.

For 1974, the 1.7 was replaced by a 1.8, which used a different type of fuel injection system in the US, and carburators elsewhere. Power on the US version was lower than the earlier 1.7s, due primarily to a lower compression ratio.

What Options came with the 914 ?

Much confusion has occurred over the so-called appearance group offered as a 914 option. Packages were as follows:

1. Appearance group package '70-'72 and '73 1.7 models: side vinyl, loop carpeting, chrome bumpers, leather wrapped wheel and shift knob, center deposit box, dual horns, driving lights and pedrinni alloy wheels

2. Appearance group '73 914 2.0 "S": center console with gauges, armrest, storage box, loop carpeting, dual horns, chrome bumpers, fuchs alloy wheels, driving lights, front and rear sway bars, leather wrapped wheel and shift boot.

3. Appearance group '74-'76 models: center console with gauges, leather wrapped wheel and shift boot, side vinyl, dual horns, loop carpeting, armrest and storage box

To keep the price lower in the later years, most equipment became optional.

 



 

Variant

914/4 914/6
Engine Flat Four air cooled Flat Six air cooled
Capacity 1679 cc 1991 cc
MAX. Power 80 bhp @ 4900 rpm 110 bhp @ 5850 rpm
Transmission 5+R,sync rear drive 5+R,sync rear drive
Suspension Transverse arms and longitudinal torsion bars (front), double wishbones (rear). Transverse arms and longitudinal torsion bars (front), double wishbones (rear).
Brakes Disks all round (ventilated front). Disks all round (ventilated front).
Wheel Base 2450 mm 2450 mm
Weight 900 kg 940 kg
Acceleration (0-60mph) 11.2 sec 8.8 sec
Top Speed 108 mph 118 mph