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Front Engined Porsches from a Porsche Purist Perspective, 9 Magazine

Front Engined Porsches from a Porsche Purist Perspective
Front Engined Porsches from a Porsche Purist Perspective
Posted: 20 Nov 2012 04:03 AM PST

Back in the mid 70’s Porsche started to take a different direction with the addition of two front engined sports cars, the Porsche 924 and the Porsche 928 (they would later release the Porsche 944 and Porsche 968). These cars were great cars in different ways, but they weren’t accepted as “real” Porsches by many purists. These cars went against what was traditional in a Porsche, the engine was not in the rear or middle, plus they weren’t cooled by the air.
But this was over 30 years ago, so have the front engine Porsches found a place as “real” Porsches? 30 years ago all Porsches that were non front engined cars were air cooled, but that isn’t the case anymore. So, this makes it easier to accept a water cooled Porsche as a “real” Porsche. However, many would say that the engine is still in the “wrong” place to be a real Porsche.
Having had a chance to talk with many Porsche enthusiasts that in the mid 70’s weren’t big fans of the front engined Porsches because they didn’t think they were “real” Porsches. However, back then Porsche made only sports cars and now they make an SUV, a sedan and soon a crossover. Because of this most of the Porsche enthusiasts that used to think poorly of the front engine Porsches have started saying, “well at least they are sports cars”. While the Porsche Cayenne and Panamera are great cars for the type of cars they are there are many in the Porsche enthusiast community that aren’t big fans of them. Many of these enthusiasts didn’t like the front engined Porsches when they came out, but over time have warmed to them and now accept them as “real” Porsches.

If you have had a chance to drive a Porsche 928, Porsche 944, Porsche 968 or Porsche 924 (unfortunately power was a bit lacking in the non-S and non-Turbo models) you start to get it. They are very different cars from the Porsche 911s of their times, but they are still great cars. For example the Porsche 928 may be one of the greatest GT cars ever made and the Porsche 944 (especially in turbo form) has shown to be great on the track or in autocross events. These Porsches may not have had the same type of emotional connection that the 911 has enjoyed, but to those that have driven a front engined Porsche sports car there is still an emotional connection (although different that the type you get from a 911) and you want to stay behind the wheel for a good long time.
So, has time made the front engine Porsche more excepted by Porsche “Purists”? From all the enthusiasts that I have had a chance to talk to the answer is definitely yes. While they will still drive their Porsche 911s (and after all who wouldn’t want to keep driving a Porsche 911), they now look at the front engine sports car Porsche as “real” Porsches. Whether you drive a front, rear or mid-engine Porsche sports car you are driving one of the best cars in its segment at the time that it was produced, so get behind the wheel and enjoy a drive.

David Hurth is a guest contributor to 9 Magazine and Porsche enthusiast that writes more of his thoughts about Porsches at The Sports Car Guys.

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Nice! Thanks for sharing this.

I still miss both of my 911's, but I still have a HUGE smile every time I drive my 924!

Radically different cars, but same joyful experience.
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purest of any type are just elitist d-bags.

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