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  Porsche 959
1986 - 1988
Porsche 959
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Specification
Metric   Imperial
 
General
Class Hypercar
Body 2 Door 2+2 Seat*
Coupe
Layout Rear Engine
4 Wheel Drive
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Number Built 220 
Engine
Type Conventional
Details Twin Turbo 6 cyl
Capacity
174 in3 
Max Power
450 bhp @6500rpm 
Max Torque
369 lb/ft @5500rpm 
Power to Weight
315 bhp/ton 
Torque to Weight
259 lbft/ton 
Specific Output 158 bhp/litre 
Compression 8.0:1 
Bore x Stroke
3.74 X 2.64 in 
Fuel Cons
 
Emissions  
Performance
Top Speed
197 mph 
0 - 30 mph
1.8 sec 
0 - 60 mph
3.9 sec 
0 - 100 mph
8.6 sec 
0 - 124 mph
14.3 sec 
0 - 186 mph
 
30 - 70 mph
 
Standing qtr Mile
 
60 - 0 mph
 
0 - 100 - 0 mph
 
Ring Lap Time  
Lateral Accn  
Drag Cd 0.31 
Dimensions
Length
167.7 in 
Width
72.4 in 
Height
50.4 in 
Weight
3197 lbs 
Wheels (F/R) 8 X 17
9 X 17 
Tyres (F/R) 235/45 VR17
255/40 VR17 
Fuel Capacity
19.8 gal 
Pricing (2016)
New Price £n/a
Used Price £750000 - £1000000
 
Profile

Introduced in 1983 as a prototype for Group B, the 959 raced briefly but successfully (winning the Paris Dakar rally and a class win at Le Mans).

The 220 left hand drive road cars came in Comfort or Sport model (the latter with no rear seats or air con), both were technological masterpieces that set incredible new standards for performance. A twin-turbo flat 6 engine (based on the 962 racer) coupled with a 6 speed box and 4 wheel drive gave shattering acceleration - the first road car to break 4 seconds to 60mph.

Computers controlled everything from ride height to breaking and even torque split between front and rear wheels. Many of the 959's pioneering features have now found their way onto Porsche's more 'mainstream' models.


Ratings
 
Overall Rating Money No Object Bargain Rating BHP/ (x1000)
70% 77% 0% 1
Ranks 359 of 771 Ranks 196 of 771 Ranks 566 of 771 Ranks 560 of 771

Rivals
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Lamborghini Countach QV

(1985 - 1988)


Ferrari F40

(1987 - 1992)


Aston Martin Vantage Zagato

(1986 - 1989)
 

Variants
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Lineage
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959

(1986 - 1988)
  

Carrera GT

(2003 - 2006)
  

918 Spyder

(2013 - 2015)

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