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The 924 represented a new beginning for Porsche. It started a Porsche trend which did not end until the last 1995 968 was built. All of these autos would have the front engine/rear transmission layout. The 924 came out in 1976, as a replacement for the defunct 914. It carried a small inline 4, another first for Porsche. And, amazingly, it was WATER COOLED! It had a smoothly contoured body, with a large rear window posing as a hatchback. Missing were spoilers, fender flares, wide tires, and things like that. The 924 was a plain, un-gimmicked, 2+2 touring car that was cheap, sporty, and fun to drive.

1977 924


It instantly became famous as the public quickly bought up the allocated models. The 924 came into a market occupied by the Datsun Z cars, rotary Mazdas, and Triumph TRs. The near neutral handling of the car was welcomed by those who always wanted a Porsche, but didn't know how to drive a 911! It wasn't all that fast, but it's sportiness covered up for that. You could easily run up and down the gears, pitching the nimble 924 into corners and through S-curves. It was simply a fun car to drive. By announcing this car, Porsche allowed the average person to safely own their marque, without selling their house.


The 924 S
The 924 Returns! The 924 was sold through 1988 in Europe, but left the USA in 1983 when the 944 replaced it. However, by 1987 Porsche felt the need for another model to fill yet another price gap. The 944 Turbo was simply too powerful and had too much performance, and on the other end was the regular 944. The 944's performance was good, but its price was getting on up there. Porsche decided to bring back the 924, after a 5 year absence. It returned as the 924 S.

This car had the unflared body and distinguishing round marker lights, but sported the 944's alloy wheels. It had the 944's 2.5 liter engine, and, due to the sleeker body, was faster than the 944. Of course, the 944 still had the looks. In 1988 Porsche offered the largest number of product offerings with the 924S at the bottom of the price range.

 

924 GTS



Overview of 924 Porsche Cars
In 1975 Porsche reversed tradition and produced a water cooled front engine road car - the 924. Although the 924 was originally a VW project, Porsche bought its own design back and the car was produced by Audi with a VW 2 liter four cylinder engine producing 125 bhp. The lack of Porsche like acceleration attached real criticism to the 924. In 1978 Porsche introduced the Turbo. With a KKK Turbocharger, 170 bhp was produced raising top speed to 140 mph and 0 to 60 mph acceleration to 7.1 sec. In 1986 the engine was enlarged to 2.5 liters and called the 924S. Production ceased in 1988.

Brief History of the Porsche 924 Models
The 924 was imported into the US with a 2.0 litre engine until 1982. The production of the 2.0 engine, with the cast iron block, and aluminum alloy pan and head, continued till 1985, the last year the 924 was sold in Europe. The 924 was originally equipped with a four-speed gear box, while a five-speed gearbox and an automatic option were available in later years. Some cars in the intervening years were produced with the 016Z Audi five-speed transmission, which had the inverted 'German' gear-shift pattern.

In 1986, the 2.5 liter aluminum block engine and drive train from the 944 were transplanted into the 924 body, and sold as the 924S. Except for visual similarity with the 924, such as the bodywork and the round side marker lights, this is a very different car when it comes to performance, maintenance and upkeep.

924 Turbo
Porsche upgraded the performance of its 924 with the introduction of a turbocharged model in 1979. While the lower end of the engine remained unchanged, many improvements were made to the upper end of the engine as well as the drivetrain. On the outside, the car gained alloy wheels, a distinctive NACA duct in its hood, and a rear spoiler. Horsepower increased from the aspiro's 125 bhp to 170 bhp in the turbo. This car's internal project number at Porsche was "931", and for that reason many owners refer to their car that as a 931.

924 Carrera GT
In 1980, Porsche homologated four hundred copies of the 924 Carrera. Power was increased to 210 hbp thanks in part to the addition of an intercooler. To get this power to the road, wheel dimensions were enhanced with 7J x 15" rims all around. The bodywork was tweaked as well, with wider flares over the wheel wells and extensive use of polyurethane panels instead of steel.

924 Carrera GTS
Fifty-five copies of the GTS were produced, of which some smaller number were Club Sport variants, destined for competition. The latter included an aluminum roll cage. Horsepower was again increased, this time to 245 bhp.

924S
Has the 944 drive train in 924 body, lighter, more aerodynamic and faster than a regular 944. The 88 models had a"sport" option available - these cars make excellent autocrossers and are worth more

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Variant

924 924S 924 Turbo 924 Carrera GT
Engine Front longitudinal inline four cylinder water cooled Front longitudinal inline four cylinder water cooled Front longitudinal inline four cylinder water cooled KKK Turbo Front longitudinal inline four cylinder water cooled KKK Turbo + intercooler
Capacity 1984 cc 2479 cc 1984 cc 1984 cc
MAX. Power 125 bhp @ 5800 rpm 158 bhp @ 5900 rpm 170 bhp @ 5500 rpm 210 bhp
Transmission 5+R,sync rear drive 5+R,sync rear drive 5+R,sync rear drive 5+R,sync rear drive
Suspension McPherson strut/lower A-arm (front), slanted trailing arms and torsion bar (rear). McPherson strut/lower A-arm (front), slanted trailing arms and torsion bar (rear). McPherson strut/lower A-arm (front), slanted trailing arms and torsion bar (rear). McPherson strut/lower A-arm (front), slanted trailing arms and torsion bar (rear).
Brakes Disks (front), Drums (rear) Disks (front), Drums (rear) Disks (front), Drums (rear) Disks all round ventilated
Wheel Base 2400 mm 2400 mm 2400 mm 2400 mm
Weight 1080 kg 1080 kg 1190 kg 1198 kg
Acceleration (0-60mph) 9.9 sec 7.5 sec 7.1 sec 6.8 sec
Top Speed 125 mph 138 mph 140 mph 145 mph