Road Tests Real world tests of 944 Turbo S vs 911 Turbo 3.3 Coupé

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Porsche 944 Turbo S

Reasons to consider the
Porsche 944 Turbo S

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Faster top speed 163 mph vs 159 mph 4 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Slightly lighter curb weight 3,093 lb vs 3,214 lb Around 5% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Front view of Porsche 911 Turbo 3.3 Coupé

Reasons to consider the
Porsche 911 Turbo 3.3 Coupé

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More expensive sticker price $71k vs $47k More than 50% more expensive harder to own
Faster in the quarter mile 13.6 s vs 14.2 s Around 5% faster at the drag strip
Faster to 60mph 5.1 s vs 5.5 s More than 5% faster to 60mph
More torque 317 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM vs 259 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM More than 20% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
More powerful engine 300 HP @ 5,500 RPM vs 247 HP @ 6,000 RPM More than 20% stronger engine
Better power-to-weight ratio 10.71 lb/hp vs 12.52 lb/hp Around 15% better power-to-weight ratio
Bigger engine 3,299 cc vs 2,500 cc More than 30% bigger engine

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

944 Turbo S  vs
911 Turbo 3.3 Coupé 
Brand Porsche Porsche
Price 47,432 70,975
Year 1988 1990

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 12.52 lb/hp 10.71 lb/hp
Maximum hp 247 HP @ 6,000 RPM 300 HP @ 5,500 RPM
Maximum torque 259 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM 317 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM
Steering system rack&pinionPAS Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 2,500 cc 3,299 cc
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 8:1 7:1
Bore/stroke 3.94 in / 3.11 in 3.82 in / 2.93 in
Valvetrain Single overhead camshaft (SOHC) Single overhead camshaft (SOHC)

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,093 lb 3,214 lb
Width 68.3 in 69.9 in
Height 50.2 in 61.6 in
Length 168.8 in 168.9 in
Front track width 58.2 in 56.4 in
Wheelbase 94.5 in 89.5 in

road tests

944 Turbo S  vs
911 Turbo 3.3 Coupé 
Top speed 163 mph 159 mph
1/4 mile 14.2 s 13.6 s
0-60mph 5.5 s 5.1 s
0-100mph 14.1 s 12.7 s

transmission

Drivetrain Front Engine / RWD Rear Engine / RWD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 5 5
Axle ratio 3.38:1 3.44:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes 11.97 in Disc Disc
Rear brakes 11.77 in Disc Disc
Front wheels 406/? 178 406/? 178
Rear wheels 406/? 229 406/? 229
Porsche 944 Turbo S
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Porsche 911 Turbo 3.3 Coupé
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