The Porsche 968 was a stop gap vehicle. At first Porsche had intended it to be the next evolution of the 944 as an S3. When it was decided that the German performance car maker would produce the mid-engined Boxster, the 968 took the place as the entry level vehicle for a short time until the roadster would be ready.
The 968 may have been a vehicle that was planned for a short production run, but it was the pinnacle of Porsche’s front-engined inline four-cylinder sports cars. With a 3.0-liter four cylinder in front the stock vehicle offered 236 horsepower and could launch from 0-60 mph in 6 seconds.
What would you choose to have in your garage? A classic air-cooled Porsche 911 or a front-engined 968? Now before you say the answer is obviously the 911, this isn’t just any Porsche 968. It is a track focussed 968 Club Sport.
The Porsche 968 Club Sport (CS) takes the near perfect handling car and puts it on a diet. The result is a car that was built for spirited driving.
The Toyota Supra, Porsche 968, Mazda RX7, Chevrolet Corvette, Nissan 300ZX and Dodge Stealth were some of the most sought after sports cars of 1993. Sure there were more prestigious offerings, but within a realistic price range, for most people these were the main choices.
I was recently approached by a coworker asking if I knew if a taller person can drive a Porsche 356 comfortably. He is about 6’4” tall and enjoys motorcycles and wants to get into sports cars. He is hoping to purchase a classic 356 coupe.
He mentioned that he wasn’t sure if such a small car would fit him. He knows that I’ve had the chance to drive all of Porsche’s modern sports car lineup and that my daily driver is an early Porsche Boxster. His opinion of the Boxster is that he definitely couldn’t fit into it, but this is all based on the outside appearance and not sitting inside.