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959
1987 959
Porsche
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400,000 CR
Model year: 1987
Performance Index: S 620
Drive Type: AWD
Engine Placement: Rear
Basic Performance
SPEED
8.3
HANDLING
5.2
ACCELERATION
8.3
LAUNCH
9.5
BRAKING
5.2
Advanced Performance
Power: 450 HP (335 kW)
Torque: 370 lb ft (501 N·m)
Weight: 3190 lbs (1446 Kg)
Front: 43%
Displ: 2.8 L
Power/weight: 310 HP per ton

231 kW per ton

Porsche’s deep pockets and never ending desire to explore possibilities drove the endless list of innovations that make up the Porsche 959. Some call the 959 Porsche’s supercar. Certainly it competes with anything that came out of Italy at the time. Technologically speaking the car was worlds away from any car of the era and, with only 230 built, the term “exotic” is fitting. The estimated build cost of each 959 was more than $500,000 but the cars sold for $225,000 each. Porsche called it an investment, hoping components could be used in future models. However, the only technology ever used was the four-wheel drive system that was part of the Carrera 4. Power was derived from the 962 Group C racecar and put out 450 horsepower, the highest on record at the time for a road car. The car used a sequential twin-turbo which aided responsiveness and efficiency in power delivery. The list of innovations goes on, leading to a slightly heavy curb weight. The 959’s race history is both on and off-road; it even won its class in the Paris to Dakar Rally; something the Italians cannot claim.

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