The Porsche 959 was an incredible performing car when it was introduced in the ’80s. The supercar pushed the boundaries of what people thought a car was capable of doing and in doing so changed the automotive industry.
One of the great things about supercars is that features from them make their way down to other cars. Below are the top 5 things from the 959 to make it to other cars.
- All Wheel Drive – The 959 helped bring all wheel drive to the 911. The system on the 959 was the basis for the 993 Carrera 4 and all wheel drive Turbo models.
- Water Cooled Engine – The 959 had a water cooled engine, well sort of. It had a water cooled head with air cooled cylinders. While it wasn’t 100% water cooled it led the 911 down the road to evolve into the rear-engined water cooled car that it is today.
- Twin Turbo Chargers – The 959 showed just how smooth twin turbo chargers could be on a road car. This helped lead the current turbo charged 911 models down the road to using twin turbos.
- Show and Display Law – The 959 was never officially sold in the United States due to government regulations. It was the car that people like Bill Gates helped get into this country by creating the Show and Display law. The law allows the cars to be brought to the US providing they are driven under a certain number of miles (I believe it is under 4,000 miles per year). The law has helped quite a few rare and high performance cars get into the United States legally.
- Performance – The 959 change our thoughts on performance. It had over 400 horsepower in the ’80s and was lightning quick to 60 mph. It’s top speed was just under 200 mph. This became the benchmark that current sports cars strive to obtain and the higher end ones have since passed.