Interesting Trivia about the Porsche 944
- Considered as a redesigned 924, the 944 was given an updated bodywork. It also received a new spoiler, front air dam, bumpers, and other Porsche 944 parts.
- The Porsche 944 was designed under the direction of an American car designer, Tony Lapine, who was most well-known for conceptualizing the front-engined Porsche 928. Before working for Porsche, Lapine started his automotive journey at Daimler-Benz before traveling to the US to work for General Motors. After being transferred to GM's research center in Germany, Lapine was then taken in by Porsche beginning 1969.
- In 1986, Porsche introduced the 944 Turbo, which was a turbocharged, intercooled version of the original Porsche 944. The Turbo was the world's first car using a ceramic port liner to retain exhaust gas temperature as well as new forged pistons. In 1987, it also became the first production car in the world to have driver- and passenger-side airbags as standard equipment.
- In 1987, the Porsche 944S Super was introduced. The car featured high-performance driving that was normally aspirated. It was also the first Porsche 944 version to use 408-valve-per-cylinder heads and DOHC. The S version was short-lived, however--its production ended in 1988.
- The Porsche 944S2 was introduced in 1989, a year after the 944S was phased out. It bore the largest production four-cylinder engine of its time. The car also got a revised transmission and gears to better suit the 3.0-liter powerplant. It had the same rounded nose and rear valance found on the 944 Turbo as well. This version was the first to use an integrated front bumper, wherein both fender and hood profiles merge smoothly with the bumper. This design feature was only seen on other cars starting 1990. The 944S2 can go from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds at the top speed of 150 mph. It was also used in racing applications around the world including the Porsche Motorship Championship. However, this version was only produced until 1991.
- Well-renowned for its fine handling, the four-cylinder, water-cooled Porsche 944 was very popular in the US. This was in spite of many critics saying that the model was not considered a "real" Porsche.