Porsche 944 S2 Convertible, 1991


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{{ $t('City') }} Poperinge
{{ $t('Country') }} Belgium
{{ $t('Make') }} Porsche
{{ $t('Model') }} 944 S2 Convertible
{{ $t('Year') }} 1991
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{{ $t('VIN') }} WP0ZZZ94ZMN440151

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This 1991 Porsche 944 S2 convertible is finished in Satin Black Metallic over black leather and is powered by a 3.0L 4-cylinder in-line coupled to a five-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential. The car was initially delivered to Carrera Motors from Miami Florida for a local Belgian! owner. He brought the car with him and eventually registered it in Belgium. The equipment includes a black soft top in perfect condition, a CD stereo, air conditioning, cruise control, pop-up headlights, electrically adjustable front seats, and 16″ Design 90 wheels. This 944 S2 shows 198584 miles and is offered with a very full service history, factory literature, service invoices, two keys, a 2015 appraisal report and Carpass.


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Launched in 1981, the Porsche 944 was the second “transaxle” model (engine at the front and gearbox placed at the rear, to achieve better weight distribution) of the brand after the 924. While the latter uses the engine of an Audi, the the first equipped with a genuine Porsche four-cylinder engine with a piston displacement of 2.5 liters. In reality, it is half a V8 of the 928. With a power of 163 hp, the 944 is of course much more convincing than its brother. The exceptional chassis is also able to swallow a lot more power. In 1984 a sleeve was adapted with the Turbo version that developed 220 hp. The power gap of 57 hp was then narrowed with the 944 S, which developed 190 hp thanks to extensive modifications to its mechanics. Fitted with the Turbo chassis, however, it was plagued by a look that was too brave, because only the rims distinguished it from the basic version. The most successful version of the range, the S2, appeared in 1989. It was decked out with the Turbo's aerodynamic elements, such as the front bumper or the rims, but was distinguished above all by its 3-litre four-cylinder engine. With an output of 211 hp and 280 Nm, this was the largest “four-cylinder engine” in automobile production at the time. The S2 delivered an interesting performance, reaching a top speed of approximately 150 mph in a sprint from 0 to 100 mph in 7 seconds. This version was a great commercial success and was also available as a convertible. A first in the history of the 944, whose career was halted in 1991 to make way for the 968.


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The exterior of this S2 is almost flawless and completely original. It has been meticulously maintained and is one of the cleanest 944s we have seen in a long time.

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The interior of the car is virtually flawless and completely original. Both front seats are like new and show virtually no signs of stretch. The 944 is surprisingly big for a sports car and very comfortable too. You immediately feel good in this very German environment, which, however, is somewhat sober. The quality of the materials and the general finish of this car were top notch at the time. The big advantage of the 944 over the 911 is its functionality. Although the rear seats can actually only be used to transport a coat or a small toddler, the trunk is quite large.


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The spearhead of the four-cylinder transaxles was, in typical Porsche fashion, the Turbo or Turbo S, but the secret star was the Porsche 944 S2, which was presented in 1988. It had the largest four-cylinder production engine of its time in terms of capacity and was the first transaxle model, available as a coupe and convertible. The naturally aspirated four-cylinder, internally called M44/41, had a high torque and a high speed with its 2,990 cm³. Chief engineer Paul Hensler designed the engine to deliver 280 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm and a decent 211 hp power at 5,800 rpm, while the revs could reach up to 6,500 rpm. This was achieved by a 16-valve cylinder head, twin overhead camshafts, a lighter crankcase and forged pistons. The compression ratio remained at 10.9:1 at the same level as in the predecessor of the S2, the 944 S. The 944 S2 was only available with a 5-speed manual transmission. The car starts well, drives well and shifts smoothly.


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This 944 has been very well maintained including replacement of all belts, new water pump, fresh tuning, and all new fluids, as evidenced by the dozens of maintenance invoices (see also the photo gallery).

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This S2 is a very well documented example retaining almost all data since new including the original first invoice from 1991! Also with the car are both sets of keys, the original manuals, windbreaker screen, original leather key case and factory tool kit.


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No - car has Belgian registration

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Air conditioning, Cruise control, Electric convertible roof, Electrically adjustable seats, windows and exterior mirrors Driver and passenger airbags Radio/CD

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The 944 S2 is arguably the most manageable 944 with the superb 3.0L/16v engine, factory Turbo body and Turbo brake/suspension package making for a beautifully balanced package and effortless driving. All in all, this is a beautifully preserved 944 in an excellent and beautiful color combination. It is very difficult to find a 944 in very representative condition. This example is of the very best and can be driven and enjoyed for thousands of miles. These are very good reasons to call the 944 S2 the best 944, which many experts do. That of course depends on the viewer, but we do agree that the 944 S2 is a beauty of a car. It offers great long-haul qualities, while still being a true Porsche sports car. In terms of value, it clearly can't match the air-cooled 911s, but with its much lower purchase prices, the 944 S2 appeals to a much wider audience. And yet there are similarities with the big brother 911. The unique composition of the S2, internally called 946, within the 944 lineup reminds us of a certain 911 model, which gets a lot more attention than its standard siblings: The Carrera 4S. The smooth naturally aspirated engine with its massive power delivery is shrouded in the wide Turbo body, with no youthful spoilers or wings. To us, that seems more than enough reason to buy one of the best transaxle Porsches of all time. Also in terms of styling, Porsche has slightly modified the S2 on the outside to give it a little more charisma and to put the most powerful model of the 944 line in the spotlight. The S2 received the same front bumper as the Turbo models with integrated auxiliary headlights and a rear diffuser was fitted that framed almost the entire rear bumper. Thanks to these additions, the S2 matured and became a very masculine sports car. From an aesthetic point of view, it closed the gap between the 944/II and the Turbo, while still looking a bit more like a Turbo than a "normal" 944. In the three years of production, 6,980 convertibles and 9,352 coupés were built.

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