The 944 was my all time favorite front engined Porsche, and it should come as no surprise that the 944's successor is my second favorite. Producing 236bhp from a humble four banger, the 968 was quite a capable car, especially considering its small engine size.
However, this is no normal 968. It is the lightweight, track oriented variant of the base 968. Although it had the same engine as the normal 968, the CS was faster to 60 than the base model due to its lighter weight and has a higher top speed. (Although the top speed claim may be disputed due to varying sources, some of which states the CS as having a lower top speed.)
Named the "Performance Car of the Year" by Performance Magazine, the 968 CS featured immense weight-shedding, with almost all the luxuries found on the base 968 stripped off. Recaro seats were then added to replace the original leather seats.
Mechanically, the suspension was changed from the base model and the new car sat a whole 20mm lower than the base car. The wheels were also larger, with 17 inch rims as well as being wider.
All this meant this car was a serious track machine. Although this car is not as rare as the 968 Turbo, the Club Sport is still quite a rare car, with only 1,923 ever produced. To make it even rarer (in my case) is that the Club Sport was never officially sold in the US, with only grey market models making it over the pond.
When I saw the distinctive Club Sport side pattern hiding in the back of the car park, I immediately rushed over to take a closer look at this rare beauty.