My Ten Favorite Porsche 911s

Don Sherman
Paul Barshon A. J. Mueller Richard Newton Martyn Goddard Glenn Paulina

IV: 1987 Clubsport

1987 911 Clubsport: This was the time Porsche discovered that less could be more - as in more money for less weight and less equipment. The 1987-89 Clubsport cost about five percent more than the standard coupe, which was not exactly lavishly equipped, either. Missing from the Clubsport (or CS) were such items as rear seats, door trim, a parcel shelf, insulation, electronic heater controls, the passenger's sun visor, a radio, a glove-box lid, power windows, and foglamps, netting a savings of 220 pounds. While the engine delivered a nominally unchanged 217 hp, lighter intake valves pushed the rev limit from 6570 to 6840 rpm. Together, these measures knocked 0.4 second off the 0-to-62-mph acceleration time. Even more significant was the urgent kick-in-the-butt midrange punch, the sharper handling due to a variety of suspension tweaks, and the enhanced directional stability thanks to the whale-tail rear spoiler. Despite a fetching delete-option CS decal that straddled the entire right front fender, Porsche's increasingly comfort- and convenience-hungry clientele failed to see the attraction of the go-faster-by-taking-out-weight concept. In the course of three model years, Porsche sold a mere 339 Clubsport coupes and only a single CS Targa.

911 Clubsport
U.S. Model years: 1987-1989
Engine: 3.2L flat-6, 217 hp, 195 lb-ft
Transmission: 5-speed manual
0-62 mph: 6.1 sec
Top speed: 153 mph
Weight: 2555 lb
Production: 28/340 (U.S./total)
Original price: $48,895 (1988)

1980s TECHTONICS | By Don Sherman

The 911 family expanded with the first convertible in 1983. The 959 Group B concept also debuted with a wealth of technology that would trickle down to regular production models. From this acorn, the 911 family tree's branches eventually sprouted electronically controlled four-wheel drive, twin turbochargers and intercoolers, dual overhead cams, adjustable damping, cast-magnesium center-lock wheels, highly functional aerodynamic appendages, aluminum body components, and a six-speed transmission. A total of 292 examples of the 444-hp wundercar were built; the factory brought a few to the United States for track duty, and gray-market importers courageously sold some for road use. In 1989, a third-generation 911 code-named 964 arrived with air bags and ABS as standard equipment and all-wheel drive as an option.

My favorite 911? Any one that doesn't need to visit my mechanic to fund his kid's post-graduate education.
My favourite 911 derivative: the Cayenne. *smirk*

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