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First time I've seen a .......

...968!

Cruising the highway coming to work yesterday, I passed what I thought was a 924, but I see the '968' int he center under the tail in back and thought, "Huh?" Never saw one before and if you ask me, it doesn't look good. It resembles the 924 more than a 944, per body style, but I think it has the interior like the85.5+ 944's, huh?

Are these things that great? What year do they run? I dunno, but I didn't like it.....

Just thought I'd share a sighting....
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Iīd also saw one very late,about two years ago...itīs not a very common car,maybe because the 924 design was depleted...

I like it,but itīs a bit strange for me...not a 924,not a 944,not a 911...

Take a look at this page...

http://www.porsche968uk.co.uk/

And search google and you will find a lot about it
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Hmmmm.....the one I saw was a 'dirty' red (dirty as in unwasHed) and the license plate read something like 'ORTHPOD', and the driver appeared to 'look' like a 'Doctor' in his late 40's/early 50's. It is just not that attractive, but apparently it has some power to it! Yeah, I'd love to have that power, no doubt!

He acknolwedged and waved to me with a nice grin. Maybe he's a Porsche afficianado...and this was his 'spare' car, eh?
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Actually the car was supposed have more of a 928 ish look about it (little more angular, pop up headlights etc)

They are pretty quick, about 236 HP they are a bit heavier though.

They were not all that common, only made between 92 and 95 as Porsches "entry level" car, replacing the 944. 968 was replaced by the Boxster two years after production ended.

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the back end isn't wonderful, but I wouldn't call the 968 'ugly'... maybe you just need to see a nice one...







(btw, i swiped the pics off ebay... naughty me )
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Is it just me or did Porsche tone down the fender flairs in the rear (compared to the '44?)

If the car had the flares as wide as a '44 (rear AND front) with the pop-up lights and '44 style rear bumper WITHOUT the bashers, it would have looked better IMHO.

Still a hell of a car though...
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If the car had the flares as wide as a '44 (rear AND front) with the pop-up lights and '44 style rear bumper WITHOUT the bashers, it would have looked better IMHO.

I agree. This does look like a nice one, but I never did like how the 928 looked...the rear end was always the kicker. I just love how the 944 looks as it is pulling away (when I see my wife drive it off...) and when I saw this 968 pass me as my exit came up, it just looked kinda 'floosy'.

Yeah, the 240 hp powerplant is certainly something to reckon with.....I would love to power my car with that!!

Those pictures do look good.....makes me wonder why it was shortlived, tho? The Boxster appeared to go head to head with the Z3's that came out about that time, totally deserting the 924/944/968 look entirely.
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the 968 was short-lived for a number of reasons

1) the world was going into a recession
2) the 968 was overpriced
3) the 968 was underpowered for the price
4) it was basically a facelifted 944, and wasn't 'different/new' enough to excite buyers
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actually, i was thinking for a while the 968 would be bad ass, because i liked the 944 and the 968 is MORE up to date and might be better... i looked on the inernet at some pictures, and i don't really like how round the 968 is all made, i like the semi-boxy corners on the 944. i think i just want to graduate to 944 turbo.
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Those head lights are ugly on a 928. Even uglier on a 968!

For the money Porsche could have done something more creative.
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Except for the Kermit the frog eyes I like it, but have always preferred the 944 look to the 928 Wonder what the roadholding is like compared to the 944?
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Personally, I love the styling of the 968: I think it is a nice update to the 944 look, albeit a little less muscular.

But what's not to like about 240 hp or non-turbo power?!?

I should also note that the 968 is the big-brother of my car, the 944S2 (basically the same 3.0l engine, but the 968 adds variocam for more power)
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I dunno, I went for a ride on the track in one, and man, that engine in the 968 is beyond nice. All kinds off power right at the bottom, and it pulls nice and linear. I'd say its the eye of the beholder as to 968 vs. 951, but the 968 engine is VERY nice. It handled like it was attached to the track, but the driver was VERY good and the tires were slicks.
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I love everything about the 968 except for its "porsche should be doing better for the money" status among the motoring press... a status that is slowly fading thanks to the 968's "cult classic status" (according to EVO). The onlydrawback I can really see is the questionable rear styling... but then again, rear ends have never been Porsche's strong suit...
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The onlydrawback I can really see is the questionable rear styling... but then again, rear ends have never been Porsche's strong suit...
I gotta correct ya here, man.....

There ain't NOTHING like the back of a nice 930. I mean NOTHING!

Heck, I get goosebumps when I see these brutes, man. You see the latest Nissans that are coming out 'looking' somewhat like a Carrera? The 350Z? They look allright, but the 911/930/carreras are, to me, unique that I just know my head would swell 10 times if I had one!
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Thanks for bringing me back down to earth...
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I actually like the way the rear "under bumper" area ties into the rocker panels on the side. Don't know if I would do it but I would love to see that rear underbelly fitted onto a 944. My 83 just seems to have something missing as far as the rear spoiler goes.... the turbo sp. is ok, the "performance" aftermarket rear sp is ok....not great though.
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I used to dislike the styling of the 968, but I've grown to LOVE it over time. I really really really want one! Maybe after I graduate from college, just maybe....

As for the rear fender flares being less pronounced in the 968: I think you all are right. If you look closely, the shape of the 968's rear window has a straighter edge on the bottom than a 944/951. On the 944, the window's bottom edge appears raised by the crease lines of the fender below. Not so on the 968. The 968 does appear to be more slab-sided than the curvy 944, but I'd still take one in a heartbeat.
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Yeah...the tail is what I dislike the most, however, the side panels and door lines do look cool. I think they would really look awesome if the 944 came dressed like that.

We can all dream, can't we? Hope your wish comes true and you DO get one. Good Luck....
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