The Porsche 959 is a sports car built by the German automaker Porsche, produced in 292 units between 1986 and 1988.
This limited production was necessary in order to register the car for the Group B competitions, a category that included a minimum of 200 specimens for the homologation. The novelties included, in addition to a complex all-wheel drive system called PSK (Porsche-Steuer Kupplung), four valves per cylinder, water cooling of the heads, forged aluminum pistons, titanium connecting rods, DOHC, two sequential turbochargers, crankcase lubrication dry and a Bosch Motronic ECU with digital ignition injection. In addition, an electronic system excluded one of the two turbines at the lower engine speeds and only started it when the maximum power from the engine was required.
The 959 was equipped with a 6-cylinder boxer engine of 2850 cm³ of displacement capable of delivering 450 hp. The maximum speed that could be reached was about 314 km / h with an acceleration on the 0-100 km / h of 3.7 seconds facilitated by four-wheel drive. At the time it was the fastest road car in the world, record kept until the arrival of the Ferrari F40 in 1987. In addition to the standard version, called Comfort, the 959 was also produced a lightened and simplified version, called S (Sport). Equipped with conventional sports suspension and not electronically controlled, lightened by about one hundred kg due to the absence of rear seats, complex electronic systems on board, reduction of sound-absorbing materials and simplification of finishes, as well as the rear-view mirror placed on the right side, it was characterized by significantly higher performance: 0-100 km / h in 3 "6, 340 km / h of maximum speed and engine boosted to about 515 hp.
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