The Porsche 944 brought together the sublime handling and balance of the earlier 924 with a brand new all-aluminium four-cylinder engine. At its announcement in mid-1981, the world's press hailed the car as a major step forward and the beginning of a new chapter for Porsche's entry-level sports car.The other secret of the 944 was its updated styling. Taking inspiration from the Le Mans 924 Carrera GT models, the 944 swept away the rather classical lines of the earlier cars and hit the 1980s with an aggressive and purposeful shape.Through the 1980s, Porsche systematically developed the successful concept. First came the 944 Turbo, which formed the basis of the 944 Turbo Cup - a one-model racing series that in turn produced the basis for the later 250bhp Turbo.Today, all the water-cooled 4-cylinder Porsches represent superb value for money. Most have flattened out in terms of depreciation and the cars offer unprecedented performance and comfort for the money. Maintenance costs have also proven to be manageable.Using colour photography throughout, this "Ultimate Buyers' Guide" helps buyers identify and buy the Porsche 944, the 944 Turbo, the 944S and S2 and the 968 in all its forms, that between them were manufactured between 1981 and 1995.
The guide includes facts and figures, year by year changes, special models and information on colours and the generally-available options available for all the models. The buying section tells buyers what to look for when viewing a car and gives invaluable tips on how to select the most desirable models.