Porsche 944 S2
- Mileage: 44,891
- Year: 1990
- MOT Expiry: July 2019
- Exterior Colour: Alpine White
- Interior Colour: Blue Pinstripe Velour
- Top speed: 149
- 0-60mph: 6.5
- BHP: 208
- Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
- Engine Capacity: 2990cc
- Engine Configuration: 4 In-line
The 944 was Porsche's mid range sports car positioned between the 924 and 911. It used a water-cooled four-cylinder engine mounted at the front with the gearbox mounted at the rear to provide better weight distribution; this resulted in one of the best handling cars to come out of the 1980s.
The aim of the 944 was to provide a luxurious long distance cruiser as well as an exciting and powerful road car. Its body was based on the 924 Carrera GT, and like the 924 it had a sloping glass hatchback for a more practical luggage storage area. The sunroof was a popular option as it was a removable metal panel meaning a near Targa-like open road experience.
The 944 was introduced for sale in 1982 and production ran for 10 years. It came in either a 2+2 coupe body or as an attractive cabriolet. There were several models made but it's the S2 that is featured here.
The S2's engine capacity was raised to 3-litres making it the largest four-cylinder engine in the world at the time, providing an impressive 208hp and 207lb of torque. It was Porsche's official replacement to the 220hp Turbo and used many of that car's chassis components. These included its stronger trans-axle, drive-shafts, brakes, wheels, and tyres. It looked just like a Turbo too; the wrap-around front bumper smoothed its snout, simple and attractive alloys filled the flared arches, and the under slung rear wing firmed up its tail styling.
When launched its main competition came from the Audi Quattro and Lotus Esprit Turbo. The S2 out-accelerated the Quattro in 0-60 and 1/4 mile sprints and was just a smidgen behind the Esprit, but its main trump card was its flexibility. In 4th gear every 20mph increment from 10-100mph took less than 7 seconds. No turbocharged car of the time could match this consistency nor deliver the sort of effortless and decisive progress. This smooth power delivery gave the S2 the throttle sensitivity for some predictable and very entertaining cornering.
16-inch Design 90 alloy wheels, Electrically adjustable front seats, Electrically adjustable door mirrors, Headlamp washers, Becker Grand Prix stereo, Digital clock, Removable electric sunroof, Sunroof storage bag, Boot privacy cover, Rear cargo net, Lockable petrol cap, Cloth door panels, ABS, Cigarette lighter, Ashtray, Rear window wiper, Heated rear screen, Space saver spare wheel, Tool roll, Spare key.
This superb low mileage S2 is presented in Alpine White. Upon close inspection the paint still looks fresh and appears in excellent condition throughout. Each of the panels remain straight and true and there is no evidence of corrosion in any of the usual areas. All the black trim pieces including the rear spoiler, door handles and rubber window seals, remain in fine fettle with no fading or damage to note. The electric sunroof still operates exactly as it should and is easily stowed in its original bag for those fair weather drives. Part of the 944’s charm is of course the pop-up headlights, both of which operate without fault.
The real treat with this particular 944 is the period blue pinstripe velour, which not only covers the seats but also extends to the door cards – very ‘80s! The interior space is presented in excellent original condition with no significant wear to be found. In fact the carpets, trim and switchgear are all free from any real signs of use. A subtle but nice addition within the cabin is the Becker Grand Prix stereo that is well suited to the interior aesthetic. Within the boot space you’ll find the original luggage net, retractable privacy cover, sunroof bag, space saver spare wheel, and tool roll.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The mighty 3-litre 16v engine sparks into life at first turn of the key, producing a wonderful soundtrack as it has propels you from 0-60mph in little over six seconds, and relentlessly on to a top speed of 149mph. The five-speed manual gearbox is essential to this performance, handling the engine’s power perfectly through the gears. Having been meticulously maintained throughout its life by only Porsche main dealers and specialists, the 944 is in excellent mechanical order. A major service was carried out most recently at 42k miles with Porsche Centre Brooklands.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
At each corner the 944 sits on its original 16-inch Porsche Design 90 alloy wheels, all of which present to an impeccable standard. They are wrapped in a matching set of Michelin Pilot Exalto tyres with ample tread remaining. The brake discs and pads also show plenty of life left, feeling strong and responsive on test and pulling the car to a halt confidently.
Supplied new by Monarch Porsche Warwickshire this 944 S2 was first registered on the 11th of April 1990. This example boasts a wonderful history file that includes the original sales invoice from Monarch Porsche totaling £33,000, original registration documents, a Porsche Certificate Of Authenticity, a stack of invoices dating back to 1996, plus the original Porsche document holder with all the correct manuals and booklets. There is also a collection of MOT certificates to further help verify the vehicle’s low mileage over the years.
Within the service booklet you’ll find no less than 16 service stamps, 14 of which are from Porsche main dealers and the remaining 2 are from Porsche specialists. The most recent maintenance was a major service including spark plugs; this was carried out at 42k miles at Porsche Centre Brooklands.
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