Choices – Front Engine Porsche

Welcome back to Choices. A series where seemingly similar cars are pit against one another in a battle for your affection. It’s like trying to choose your favourite in-law (I’m not touching this one). Your task, if you agree to accept it, is to determine which of the four cars below belongs in each category:

  • One would be your daily driver.
  • One would become a motorsport special (and maybe enlighten us as to what motorsport).
  • One would be a show car.
  • One would be tossed aside like a used IKEA allen key. 

It’s as simple as that. Have fun with the quartet below.

The Contestants

  • 1981 Porsche 924 Carrera GT
  • 1988 Porsche 944 Turbo S
  • 1993 Porsche 968 Turbo S
  • 1993 Porsche 928 GTS

Today we are gathering ‘the other Porsche’s’ from the ’80s and ’90s. The cars that had to live in the shadow of their attention-grabbing sibling, the 911. But these cars were good cars in their own right; heck, some were fantastic. The cars in question are the 924, the 944, the 968 and the 928.

First up, there is the 924 Carrera GT. Equipped with the turbocharged engine pumped up to 210 hp, the Carrera GT featured wider bodywork as it was built for Group 4 racing homologation purposes. Next, there is the 1988 Porsche 944 Turbo S. With adjustable shocks, 247 hp and lighter wheels wearing grippier rubber, this was the ultimate road-going 944.

Moving on, we have the successor to the 944, the Porsche 968. Representing one of the ultimate iterations of the 968 is the Turbo S. With a 3.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 305 hp and all the performance upgrades to match that power, the Turbo S was a serious performer in its day.

Finally, there is the Porsche 928. More a V8 Grand Tourer than a sports car, by the end of its model run, the 928 GTS had a 345 hp 5.4-liter V8 and all the luxurious interior appointments expected from a car like this.

My Choices

To start, I am going to pick my motorsport special. For this duty, I select the 968 Turbo S for no other reason than I really like its powertrain. For my daily driver, the 928 GTS makes perfect sense with its torquey, smooth V8 and luxurious cabin.

That leaves the 924 Carrera GT and the 944 Turbo S for my show car. Taking a good hard look at both of them, the bodywork on the Carrera GT has me sold and it is my choice. That means the 944 Turbo S is the odd duck out today.

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