The Porsche 924
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 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.
8 valve SOHC in-line 4, aluminum block and heads
Bore and Stroke: 3.94 x 3.11 in (100.0 x 78.9 mm)
Displacement:151 cu.in. or 2479cc
Horsepower: 158@5,900 rpm
Torque: 155@4,500 rpm
Power to weight ratio: 21.0 lbs per horsepower
Compression ratio: 10.2:1
Fuel system: Bosch LE Jetronic
5 speed manual transmission, 3 speed automatic
Front: MacPherson struts with lower A-arms, coil springs, tube shocks, anti-roll bar
Rear: Semi-trailing arms, torsion bars, tube shocks, anti-roll bar
Curb weight: 2,734 lbs
Track front/rear: 58.2"/57.1"
Ground clearance: 4.92"
Brakes and Wheels:
Vacuum assisted, fixed caliper, internally vented discs
15x6.0" front, 15x6.0" rear cast aluminum wheels
20 mpg (city) 28 mpg (hwy)
0-60mph: 7.5 seconds
0-1/4 mile: 15.8s
Top Speed: 138mph (at redline)
It instantly (as do all new Porsches) became famous as the public quickly bought up the allocated models. The 924 came into a market currently 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 is 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 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, the 924S still held the bottom spot to a range of Porsches, the most of any year in fact.
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