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Evolution of Design | 14 May 2013 Speed, evolved: Porsche's 2014 911 Turbo S vs 1986 959 Matthew Phenix
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Since the early 1990s, the arrival of each new 911 Turbo has prompted comparisons with the father of all modern Porsche supercars, the vaunted 959. And the recent debut of the 2014 911 Turbo S is no exception. Related (BBC Autos) The 911 Turbo’s true price 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S Porsche 911 Turbo revealed Porsche’s secret stash Porsche’s secret stash
With all-wheel drive and a twin-turbocharged, horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine, the newest ultimate 911 owes much to its 1980s-era progenitor, which was for a time the world’s fastest production automobile, and the most technologically advanced road car on the planet. The similarity in specification and performance between the 959 and the new 911 Turbo S – despite nearly three decades between them – is a testament to the midnight oil burned during the creation of the former.
The 959 was created as a Group B rally car. The road car, which Porsche unveiled at the 1985 Frankfurt Motor Show, was born of a homologation rule from the World Rally Championship’s governing body, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), stipulating a run of at least 200 street-legal versions.
In 1986, the 959 stickered for a cool 420,000 deutschmark (about $225,000, or close to $480,000 in 2013 dollars) – provided, of course, that you were among the anointed few who were afforded the honor of buying one. Some 300 were built between 1985 and 1988, including prototypes, pre-production cars and production Comfort and Sport models. By comparison, the quicker, faster and more agile 2014 911 Turbo S, which starts at $182,050 and can be purchased through any of Porsche’s 900 or so worldwide dealerships, looks like a bargain.
Just how similar are they? Take a look at this informal side-by-side comparison:
1986 Porsche 959
Curb weight: 3,190lb Wheelbase: 89.5in Track, F/R: 56.4in / 58.7in Length: 168.9in Width: 72.4in Height: 50.4in Fuel capacity: 23.8gal Drag coefficient: 0.31 Engine: Twin-turbo DOHC flat-6 Displacement: 2.8 litre Compression ratio: 8.3:1 Horsepower: 444hp @ 6500rpm Torque: 370lb-ft @ 5500rpm Fuel delivery: Electronic port injection Transmission: 6-speed manual Layout: Rear engine/all-wheel drive Brakes, F/R: 12.7in vented discs / 12.0in vented discs Wheels: Hollow-spoke magnesium; F: 17 x 8in; R: 17 x 9in Tires, F/R : 235/45VR-17, 255/40VR-17 Suspension, F and R: upper and lower A-arms, coil springs, dual shocks, adjustable ride height and damping, anti-roll bar 0-60 mph: 3.6 seconds Top speed: 197mph Price: $225,000 (approximately $480,000 in 2013 dollars)
2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S
Curb weight: 3,538lb Wheelbase: 96.5in Track, F/R: 60.6in / 62.6in Length: 177.4in Width: 77.9in Height: 51.0in Fuel capacity: 16.9gal Drag coefficient: 0.31 Engine: Twin-turbo DOHC flat-6 Displacement: 3.8 litre Compression ratio: 9.8:1 Horsepower: 560hp @ 6500rpm Torque: 516lb-ft @ 2100rpm Fuel delivery: Direct injection Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic Layout: Rear engine/all-wheel drive Brakes, F/R: 14.96in vented and drilled discs/14.96 vented and drilled discs Wheels: Forged alloy; F: 20 x 9in; R: 20 x 11.5in Tires, F/R : 245/35ZR-20, 305/30ZR-20 Suspension, F: MacPherson strut, coil spring, electronically adjustable damping; R: five-link, coil spring, electronically adjustable damping 0-60 mph: 2.9 seconds Top speed: 198mph Price: $182,050
SOURCE: Auto BBC
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