The Porsche 968 Turbo SThe 968 Turbo S
Bet you probably didn't know about this one, did you? This is one of my favorite Porsches, up there with the 959. This beauty turned my head from the very minute I saw it. If the 968 is quick, then this Turbo 968 is blisteringly fast. The car is visually the same as the regular 968--if you're really trying. In other words, you can't mistake this 968 for any other. You immediately notice the two NACA ducts in the hood. Dead giveaway for a turbocharged engine. Next you see the front chin spoiler, and the huge, polished, 3-piece turbo wheels from the 911 Turbo S. As you drool to the rear of the car, a large, new adjustable spoiler attracts your attention. The rear script does not say "968", but "turbo S" instead. Oh, hell, you say to yourself. What have they come up with this time?
8 valve SOHC in-line 4, aluminum block and heads
Bore and Stroke: 4.09 x 3.46 in (104.0 x 88.0 mm)
Displacement:182 cu.in. or 2990cc
Horsepower: 305@5,400 rpm
Torque: 369 lb-ft@3,000 rpm
Power to weight ratio: 9.5 lbs per horsepower
Compression ratio: 7.5:1
Induction: Water cooled KKK turbocharger with bypass valve w/separate gate; lambda controlled, three-way metal cat.
Max boost pressure: 1 bar
Fuel system: Sequential multiport, DME controlled
6 speed manual transmission, 75% limited slip differential under power
Independent front with lower control arms, spring struts, anti-roll bar
Independent rear, with semi-trailing arms, transverse torsion bars, anti-roll bar
Curb weight: 2,865 lbs
Track front/rear: 58.2"/57.1"
Ground clearance: 4.1"
Brakes and Wheels:
Power assisted, 4 piston aluminum alloy fixed caliper, internally vented and cross drilled discs, ABS
18x8.0" front, 18x10.0" three piece Speedline alloy wheels
Dunlop Sport 8000 tires, 235/40 ZR 18 front and 265/35 ZR 18 rear
15 mpg (city) 23 mpg (hwy)
0-60mph: 4.5-4.9 seconds
0-1/4 mile: 13.0 @ 112 mph
Top Speed: 175 mph, at least
Rear wing is only adjustable in a garage. ahem...
As you clunk open the driver's door, you don't see the usual Porsche seats, with every-way-in-the-world electric adjustments. In this car, you carefully ease into the car-color racing seats. You need them to restrain your body from the massive g-forces that are about to become you. Everything else, though, seems plain old 968. Until you notice a boost guage under the tach. Seeing that boost guage is reminicient of the 944 Turbo, which has the same dash as this. Except this speedometer has a 190 mph mark looming in front of you.
corners so flat it looks like it's standing still
Get out of there as soon as you can, or the speed demon that lurks in all turbo Porsches will overcome you. As you open the hood, again the 944 Turbo is brought to mind. The engines look identical, even though they aren't. You can see the intercooler, right there in front of you with "turbo S" slashed across it.
doesn't it look like a 944? Only 100 more lb-ft torque!
The 968 Turbo S is based on the lightweight 968 CS and is the baby brother of the racing-only 968 Turbo RS. The bypass valve has its own catalytic converter, limiting the boost to 1 bar. The result is 305 horsepower, (the 968 has 236), and a truly massive 369lb-ft torque (968 has 225). To give you an idea of has much power that is, just keep in mind that the 5.4 liter 1995 928 GTS has the same 369 lb-ft torque. Hell, it is almost as much as the '96 911 Turbo!
The chassis has been lowered 0.8", and fitted with stiffer springs and shocks, a stronger clutch and 4-piston, aluminum caliper brakes with vented and crossed drilled discs from the 911 Turbo S. PVC undercoating, electric windows and seats, plus electric door locks were all stripped out, resulting in a weight of 2,867 lbs. As you can see, this thing is for real. Unfortunately, the day might not ever come when you see this car easing up beside you at a red light. Even though it is completely street legal, Porsche only produced 15 of them. They weren't about to offer a cheaper model that can outperform the 928 and 911!
18" wheels big enough for you?
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