In the mid-1980s, Porsche was offering its 2.5-litre 944 and 944 Turbo models, and then produced a third 944 to sit between them.
This was the 944S of 1986, which used essentially the same bodyshell as the standard 944 of the day; externally the only difference was a ‘944S’ boot badge and ’16 Ventiler’ badges on the front wings.
It is these side badges that gave away the secret of this Porsche. The engine retained the same block and capacity of the standard 2.5-litre car, but was fitted with a 16-valve cylinder head which came from the the 5.0-litre 928S. This increased power to 190bhp and torque to 230Nm, while the rev limit went from 6500rpm to 6800rpm. In addition, the engine was claimed to be more efficient and able to run on lower-grade fuel.
The 944S was fitted with the stronger 944 Turbo gearbox.
Engine: Front-mounted, water-cooled straight-four
Compression ratio: 10.9:1
Maximum power: 190bhp at 6000rpm
Maximum torque: 230Nm at 4300rpm
Brakes: Front: 282mm discs; rear: 289mm discs. Servo assisted
Wheels & tyres: Front: 15x7J with 195/65VR15 tyres. Rear: 15x7J with 195/65VR15 tyres (optional 7Jx16 front, 8Jx16 rear with 205/55VR16 and 225/50VR16 tyres)
0-62mph: 7.9 sec
Top speed: 142mph