Why porsche needs to bring back the 944

And how it will make the 911 better

4y ago

In my opinion, the Porsche 944 is probably the most underrated Porsche of all time. In a period when Porsche was mostly famous for one model, the 911, the 944 never really emerged from the shadow that was cast by the famous rear-engined poster child of the marque. The mentality being at the time - if it isn't a 911, it's not a 'real' Porsche. Which is a shame, because Porsche produced a genuinely respectable front-engined sports/GT car. Yes, the 928 and 968 were more GT focused cars in essence, but the 944 seemed to strike a nice balance in the middle and to be honest, just looks stunning in profile.

The point

Regardless of which GT you like the most, the point remains - there is currently none in the current line-up of Stuttgart steeds, which seems odd. The discontinuation of the 944/928/968 might mostly be due to it never lining up to the 911 at the time, but as we know today, Porsche is no longer a one trick pony, selling more SUV's than sports cars the last year. Therefore the 911 argument is officially invalid.

This leaves the brand with a golden opportunity to develop a proper GT car that competes with the likes of the Merc SL, BMW 6 and even the Aston Martin DB11. Given the outstanding quality of Porsches today, you can't argue that they will give those brands a run for their money. They really can if the want to.

Hands off the 911

The added benefit of a purpose built GT is that the 911 can keep it's focus on being a proper sports car. The 911 unnecessarily tries to be too much in all of it's variants. No offense towards the 911 - it is a brilliant machine, but the problem is the buying public. If they make it too refined the purists throw their arms up in the air screaming sacrilege! If they make it too focused they exclude themselves from potential buyers looking for something less hardcore. It is impossible to please everyone. However, if they create a refined GT, they are left to make the 911 a purist's dream and still have an alternative in the arsenal for those looking for a weekend cruiser. It would create a perfect line up: Running from the light and nimble 718 Boxster/Cayman, the purist 911 and all the way to the refined GT. The public will be spoiled for choice between rear, mid and front engined Porsches.

Speaking of engines, I also think it is high time we get to have Porsche's throaty Turbo V8 in a car weighing a fraction of the Panamera or Cayenne/Macan. The likes of a BMW M6 or any Merc AMG won't stand a chance.

Dreams can come true

As much as I love to rant about a possible GT Porsche, my cries could be irrelevant in a short while. The rumour mill is currently running around a certain Panamera plant that is planning to use a shortened version of the chassis currently used in the Panamera to create a possible 2 door version. I can't confirm it, but it would be awesome. Watch this space.

Do you think Porsche needs a dedicated GT car? Or is the current lineup sufficient? Tell us in the comments.

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Comments (25)

  • Something I made with my photo editing program! (GIMP) Comments are welcome! :-)

      4 years ago
  • surely it would be to bring back the 928 if we're talking GT cars, something like a 2 door panamera, the 944 was more of an entry level sports car

      4 years ago
  • I generally agree with the article although I regret that the author omitted (or ignored?) that under the 944 skin there is a 924 transaxle chassis... probably the best handling chassis that Porsche ever designed and built... It is true that the original 924 was underpowered with its Audi engine, especialy in the USA, due to the government imposed polution controls.... But only four yeas after launching the 924, Porsche offered the 924 Turbo (931) including a Porsche designed and built cylinder head and the turbo system transplanted directly from the Porsche 911 Turbo (930)... this particular car corrected the lack of power of the original car and gave birth to one of the largest Porsche success stories, namely the 924 Carrera GT (937 and 938 LHD and RHD respectively), GTR and GTP which resulted in significant Porche racing legends. In 1980, 1981 and 1982 these cars raced successfully at Le Mans (Category 4, GTO cars), as well as at 1000 km Monza (GT class), 6hr Silverstone, 1000 km Nurburgring, 1000 km Brands Hatch, 1000 km Spa and 6hr Mugello... this feats were accomplished with the very humble and underrated Audi engines that the 911 fans tend to disregard (if not despise)... the sad true is that the 924 was the car that saved Porsche from bankrupcy in 1974 and that permited the automaker to keep producing the (in my opinion) overrated 911 that always suffered from a chassis with a vicious handling and horrible weight distibution (even more when compared to the impecable handling of 924, 944, 968 saga)... for all the above I would appreciate that the author of the article is kind enough to rectify the oversight of the 924 in the article or explain the logic behind whsthat in my opinion is an unfair omission .

      4 years ago
    • I had a 81 924 Turbo and later a 944 s2., both great cars. I met Derek Bell a few times at Porsche UK events and he normally had his 924 Carrera with him which I think says a lot about the capabilities of these cars.

        4 years ago
  • Well I have my third 944 being a 968. Its a great car that deserves a revival. Among the stories about the 968 is one that the Engineers in Stuttgart quietly admits that its the best car they ever made

      4 years ago
  • Absolutely adore the 944 it was the first Porsche I ever owned as a teenager. Great balance, great looks, huge value and 4 seats! Fully agree bring back the 944 I would buy one.

      4 years ago