Early in 1990, Porsche has started planning and designing what ought to be the third generation Porsche 944, to be called the Porsche 944 Series 3 or Porsche 944 S3. Inside the Porsche GmbH manufacturing plant, the new model was designated as the model 968. Along the design phase, however, Porsche's decision-making body noticed that there were many changes made to the car that it can actually qualify as an entirely brand new model. So when it was later introduced, the car was called the Porsche 968.
The Porsche 968 was introduced to the North American market in 1992 as a 1993-year model. Originally planned as a new series for the 944 before eventually replacing it, it is not surprising that the Porsche 968 used the same basic chassis and components used by the Porsche 944 S2. There were, however, substantial changes and improvements made like a more powerful engine, updated styling, improved drivetrain features and others.
By its looks, the Porsche 968 can be considered as a hybrid between the Type 993 911 and the 944 S2, with traces of the Porsche 928 and 924 in its looks. However, the Porsche 968 proves to be an entirely brand new car. While the car still rides with the same 3.0-liter engine used by the Porsche 944 S2, the Porsche patented variable valve timing system, called the VarioCam, used on the engine made it more powerful, providing 240 hp of power with a lot of low-end torque. It also features new exterior styling both for its coupe and convertible versions.
Throughout the years when the Porsche 968 was sold, from 1992 to 1995, it was considered as the most powerful 4-cylinder engine equipped car. With an extremely large 3.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, the car has found only a few competition in the performance arena, with only the 6-cylinder engine equipped Honda/Acura NSX beating it. It was also considered as Porsche's last front-wheel drive sports car, with Porsche manufacturing no other front-wheel drive vehicle after its demise (except for the Cayenne in 2003, which was not a sports car but rather an SUV).
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