Porsche 944 Turbo S
In contrast to the normally aspirated (NA) 944 types,
of which were produced in Stuttgart, all types of the 944 Turbo were manufactured
Production by Type and Year
The 944 was first available in Europe in 1982, and elsewhere in 1983,
when it achieved immediate success. The 944 Turbo also received an
early European release, with 178 vehicles produced in 1985. This
was immediately followed by its largest production year in 1986.
Volume steadily declined until 1991, when the 944 was replaced by the 968.
In total, 176,126 Porsche 944s were produced, of which 25,245 vehicles
were 944 Turbos. The successor, the 968, was not able to counter
the decreasing sales trend, due in part to a declining market. Production
ceased in 1995.
944 Turbo Production
The 944 in 1988
1988, there were 17,079 Porsche 944s produced worldwide, of which 4068
were Turbos. Of these 4068 vehicles, 1635 reportedly included the
"S" option package (or "SE" in some markets). Additionally, there
were 193 Turbo Cup cars produced with the M44/52 engines, though these
were intended as dedicated race cars. In all, some 2099 road-going
944 Turbos found their way to North America in 1988. The 1874 that
entered the USA joined the 133 million registered cars already on
Turbo-S Color Breakdown
available information concerning the colors of the vehicles with the "S"
option is somewhat sparse. According to Morgan's book, 718 vehicles
with the "S" package entered the US. A separate, unconfirmed source
([email protected]), has provided these color statistics. They
total to 715 vehicles, which is very close to Morgan's numbers for the
US (718 in above chart).
The following 1988 production numbers are provided by the excellent
book "Original Porsche 924/944/968" by Peter Morgan.
Interpreting Chassis Numbers: Anatomy
of a VIN (Porsche)
Porsche 944 Turbo Production Data
||Chassis Numbers [Info]
|Rest of World
||Mixed throughout above USA
|Rest of World
||Mixed throughout above RoW
|Turbo Cup (Canada)
thru 5099 (99
|Turbo Cup (Rest of World)
thru 4094 (94
on "Limited Edition" and Factory Options
Several resources, including Morgan's book and online websites, make
various statements about the options that were included as standard on
the "S" vehicles and/or the Silver Rose Limited Edition vehicles.
The comments that follow are aimed to address the many reported discrepancies
from these resources.
What We Probably DO Know
What is clear, is that the 1988 Turbo S first appeared
as a Limited Edition run of cars, equipped with the "S" options and all
dressed in the LM3Z motiff (Silver Rose paint with Burgandy Plaid interior).
These cars were supposedly modeled after the "Turbo Cup" race cars, and
the production run was intended to be limited to 1000 vehicles. However,
history shows us that this did not happen. A total of 1635 "S" cars
were reportedly produced, many of which are in color schemes other than
The Factory Options
Many comments as to what features the "S" cars or the Silver Rose cars
(as a separate matter) possess can be found with a little bit of reading.
The most consistently reported options are related to the performance of
vehicle, particularly the M030 sport suspension package, ABS, and the M44/52
engine. Where accounts differ, is in the so-called creature comforts.
Based on data from the registry and related communications with owners,
it is becoming more evident that "standard" options varied from market
to market. For example, the US Silver Rose cars all seem to have
a sunroof, but no heated seats. Similarly, a reported German Silver
Rose car has heated seats listed as standard, yet has no sunroof.
As registry data continues to be accumulated, these issues will hopefully
become more clear.
Limited Edition Status
The "Limited Edition" status of the "S" vehicles has become somewhat
diluted from the original intentions. Not only were more than 1000
produced in 1988 (1635 worldwide), but furthermore, the 1989 944 Turbo
retained all of the "S" features (except LM3Z dress), and simply dropped
the "S" from the designation.
On the other hand, the Silver Rose cars ended up being more scarce than
originally planned. If the reported US numbers can be extrapolated
worldwide, then only about 775 Silver Roses were made worldwide in comparison
with the planned 1000. Unfortunately, reliable statistics on the
worldwide color production have not yet been acquired.
US Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (website)
944 Turbo S Technical Service Information, WKD 495 021
Original Porsche 924/944/968, Peter Morgan
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