German Flag Porsche 924 ~ 1975-88

Porsche 924In the early 70’s Volkswagen needed a new 2+2, rear wheel drive, front engine flagship coupé supposedly for Audi and simply asked Porsche to conceive it. New executive schanges at Volkswagen and the oil crisis buried the project. Porsche, intending to replace its 912 and 914, was happy to purchase the VW project at a fraction of its development price. To close the deal Porsche asked VW to produce the new coupé making it economically viable with the extensive use of parts-bin from the VW/Audi group.

The Porsche 924 was designed by Harm Lagaay and introduced in November 1975, it had a slanted hood with retractable headlights, straight fenders with no flared arch-wheels, a small rear side window and the big curved rear panoramic window that doubled as a hatch to access a generous trunk space.

Porsche 924 Interior dashboardThe interior was very sporty with low seating; three main dials were sunken into the dashboard binnacle, and the center tunnel was high enough to use as an armrest. The rear seats were just here for children but the backrest could be lowered to transform the rear seats into a practical parcel shelf, while the rear window acted as a hatch for easy rear access.

The engine was a straight 4 cylinder 2 liter (121 cu in) coming from VW/Audi, but fed by injection, it gave 125 hp at 5800 rpm in Europe and was available. In April 1976, the 924 arrived in the USA with only 95 hp due to federal emission laws, 5 mph impact bumpers, and round reflective markers on all fenders.

Porsche 924Mated to a well balanced rear transaxle 4-speed gearbox, performance was sluggish at first with 9.5 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill and the top speed was 127 mph (204 Km/h), while the US version made 11.5 seconds to 60 mph and 110 mph (177 Km/h) in top speed.

During 1977, the first right hand drive 924 was delivered to English customers , and the Federal 924s had their power increased to 110 hp and a 3-speed auto transmission was available while a 5-speed manual was now standard from 1979.

Porsche 924 TurboAlso in spring 1978 the Porsche 924 Turbo (931) was unveiled in Europe and a year later in the US, a KKK Turbo boosted the power to 170 hp at 5500 rpm and 143 hp in the US. All this extra performance came with stiffer suspensions and beefier brakes giving the 924 Turbo a 7 sec time to reach 60 mph in Europe and 7.5 sec in the US with a European top speed of 140 mph (225 Km/h) and 127 mph (204 Km/h) in the US.

Porsche 924 TurboOn the outside four aligned rectangular air intakes were on the lower part of the hood as well as a NACA duct on the right; multi-spokes alloy wheels and a rear lip-spoiler surrounding the rear window base finished this “turbo-look”. In 1979 the 924 turbo "2" was inytroduced with 177 more reliable hp, while 1981 US 924s will then produced 149 hp. The 924 Turbo production ceased in 1982 in the US as well as the base model, while the base 924 ended at the end of 1981 in the US and 1985 in Europe.

Porsche 924 TurboTo answer the constant criticism that the 924 wasn’t a real Porsche with its water-cooled VW/Audi front engine, Porsche decided to fit a 944 engine, which was a split in half Porsche 928 V8 engine. The result was a straight four cylinder, 2.5 liter (151 cu in) with a balance shaft to reduce unwanted shake which is prone on large capacity four cylinder engines. The 924 S was born in 1985 allowing Porsche to reintroduce the 924 as the 924 S in the US market in June 1986 and Uk in September that same year.

Porsche 924 SThe Porsche 924 S Produced 150 hp at 5800 rpm at first then 160 hp at 5900 in 1988. For its last year it gained a new consumer base now willing to buy a real Porsche on the cheap. Performance was now 7.5 sec to reach 60 mph and 137 mph (220 Km/h) in top speed, but this wasn’t the ultimate evolution of the 924.

In 1980 a batch of 400 special Porsches, the 924 Carrera GT, went on sale to homologate 4 Le Mans racers in 1980. Those 924 Carrera GTs had the 911 turbo wheels fitted with a bigger front, rear spoiler and a bigger air intake duct replacing the NACA unit. Porsche 924 SThe “Carrera” nomenclature was written on the top left front fender. Talking about fenders, all were flared out to the maximum with plastic panel extensions forming the rear fender flares. It can be said that the 924 Carrera GT’s curves are the Precursor to the 944’s menacing and muscular lines. The 924 Carrera GT developed 210 hp at 6000 rpm from the 2 liter (121 cu in) straight four rocketing this insane 924 to 60 mph in 6 seconds with a top speed of 150 mph (241 Km/h). To homologate the 924 in the Group 4 class in 1981, Porsche produced an even smaller batch of 59 Carrera GTS producing 245 bhp at 6250 rpm, a very rare bird indeed.

Today the 924 is still battling for its crest-rights, even after re-injecting some money into the weak Stuttgart brand and thus allowing Porsche to continue its 911 program…who said life was fair?

JJP.

Porsche 924 Specifications 1975-88
Model/Year Porsche 924
1975-85
Porsche 924 Turbo
1979-83
Porsche 924
Carrera GT
1980
Porsche 924 S
1985-88
Designer Harm Lagaay     Anatole Lapine (fenders)
Engine Type Front I4 VW/Audi
SOHC. 2V/8V
Front I4 VW/Audi
SOHC. 2V/8V
Turbo KKK
Front I4 VW/Audi
SOHC. 2V/8V
Turbo KKK
Front I4 Porsche
SOHC. 2V/8V
Capacity 1984 cc / 121 cu in 1984 cc / 121 cu in 1984 cc / 121 cu in 2479 cc / 151 cu in
Fuel Feed FI Bosch K-Jetronic      
Power 125 ps @ 5800 rpm (Eu)
95 hp @ 5500 rpm (US)
110 hp @ 5750 rpm (1977 US)
170 ps @ 5800 rpm (Eu)
143 hp @ 5500 rpm (US)
177 hp @ 5750 rpm (1979 SII)
149 hp @ 5500 rpm (1981 US)
210 ps @ 6000 rpm 150 ps @ 5800 rpm
162 ps @ 5900 rpm (1988)
Torque 122 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm (Eu)
109 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm (US)
111 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm (1977 US)
181 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm
147 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm
206 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm 144 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm
158 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm (1988)
Transmission 4 speed - RWD
1977 Optional Getrag 5-speed (dog-leg)
1977 Optional 3-Speed Automatic
1980 Standard Audi 5-Speed
1982 Improved gearbox & Opt. Ltd Split Diff.
5 Speed (dog-leg)
5 Speed ("standard H" in 1981 USA)
5 Speed 5 Speed
Optional 3-Speed Auto
Top Speed 127 mph - 204 km/h
110 mph - 177 km/h
140 mph - 225 km/h (Eu)
127 mph - 204 km/h (US)
150 mph - 241 km/h 137 mph - 220 km/h
"0-60" mph - 0-100 km/h 9.5 sec (Eu) - 11.5 sec (US) 7 sec (Eu) - 7.5 sec (US) 6 sec 7.5 sec
Chassis Monocoque      
Weelbase 2400 mm / 94.5 in      
Front Suspension MacPherson Struts, Coil Springs,
Tube Shocks, Anti-roll Bar
     
Rear Suspension Semi-trailing Arms,
Transverse Torsion Bars
Coil Springs, Tube Shocks
Anti-roll Bars
     
Brakes Ft Disc / Re Drum
1981 Disc all around
Disc all around Disc all around Disc all around
Front Tires 165 HR 14
1976 - Optional 185/70 HR 14
1978 - Optional 205/60 HR 15
185/70 VR 15
1980-Optional 205/55 VR 16
215/60 VR 15
Optional 205/55 VR 16
195/65 VR 15
Optional 205/55 VR 16
Rear Tires 165 HR 14
1976 - Optional 185/70 HR 14
1978 - Optional 205/60 HR 15
185/70 VR 15
1980-Optional 205/55 VR 16

215/60 VR 15
Optional 225/50 VR 16
195/65 VR 15
Optional 205/55 VR 16
Steering Golf ZF      
Weight 2381 lb / 1080 kg 2601 lb / 1180 kg (ROW)
2646 lb / 1200 kg (USA)
2601 lb / 1180 kg 2623 lb / 1190 kg (ROW)
2734 lb / 1240 kg (USA + ROW in 1988)
Country of Origin Germany      
Production Num. 110 427 12 666 406 16 669
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Porsche 924 Turbo -
The 1979 Turbo and 1985,
924 S were fitted with a very racy
wrap around rubber black rear
spoiler that will grew a little on
the more muscular 944.
Porsche 924 S -
As the 944 and 968 that will follow,
the 924 introduced a large panoramic sunroof
that can be stored and strapped in the trunk.
Porsche 924 S -
The rear panoramic window is pure
70's/80's era and will be seen until the
924's last evolution with the Porsche 968.
Porsche 924 S -
The "Telephone dial" wheels found
on the "S" were more than a step up
from the original steel wheels, they
were "Porsche" through and through.
Porsche 924 Turbo -
With 170 ps (Eu)/143 hp (US), the 924 Turbo needed
extra cooling and received extra vents on
the front hood. On the hood a NACA air-vent,
can be seen, which is covered here by a
scoop usually found on the 924 Carrera GT.