Saturday, November 2, 2019

Bad Porsches

The worst words for die hard Porsche fans is 'entry level'. First among these is the 914.

Porsche decided to collaborate with Volkswagen and create the mid-engine 914 for the 1970 model year. The 914 was a mix of Porsche engineering with VW pieces that included the air-cooled, flat-four with all of 100hp. It sold well and over time its charms have become more apparent.
The 914’s replacement, the water-cooled, front-engine 924 was also built from VW and Audi parts. It debuted in 1976 and absolutely no one was overwhelmed.

Its Audi-sourced 2.0-liter four now made a pitiful 95hp in North America.
The worst Porsche of all time? Some say it’s the Carrera GT, Porsche’s 605-horsepower effort to stake out supercar territory.

Built around a 5.7-liter V-10 from the failed development of a Formula One engine, nothing about the mid-engine Carrera GT represents Porsche at its best. It’s the Carrera GT’s nasty handling that make it dangerous. The Carrera GT will always be famous as the car in which Paul Walker was riding when he was killed in 2013.