Road Tests Real world tests of 944 Turbo vs 911 Carrera 4S Coupé

0-60mph

Top speed

1/4 mile

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Porsche 944 Turbo

Reasons to consider the
Porsche 944 Turbo

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Has an air compressor Turbocharger vs None About half of supercars have an air compressor
Lighter curb weight 2,816 lb vs 3,186 lb More than 10% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Front view of Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupé

Reasons to consider the
Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupé

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A lot faster to 60mph 3.7 s vs 5.5 s Around 35% faster to 60mph
Faster in the quarter mile 12 s vs 13.5 s More than 10% faster at the drag strip
Faster top speed 185 mph vs 156 mph 29 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
More powerful engine 400 HP @ 7,400 RPM vs 217 HP @ 6,000 RPM Around 85% stronger engine
More torque 325 ft-lb @ 5,600 RPM vs 244 ft-lb @ 3,500 RPM Around 35% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Bigger engine 3,800 cc vs 2,500 cc More than 50% bigger engine
Higher redline 7,800 RPM vs 6,500 RPM 20% more revs

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

944 Turbo  vs
911 Carrera 4S Coupé 
Brand Porsche Porsche
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 1985 2012

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 12.98 lb/hp 7.96 lb/hp
Maximum hp 217 HP @ 6,000 RPM 400 HP @ 7,400 RPM
Maximum torque 244 ft-lb @ 3,500 RPM 325 ft-lb @ 5,600 RPM
Max RPM 6,500 RPM 7,800 RPM
Steering system rack&pinionPAS Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 2,500 cc 3,800 cc
Air compressor Turbocharger None
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 8:1 12.5:1
Bore/stroke 3.94 in / 3.11 in 4.02 in / 3.05 in
Valvetrain Single overhead camshaft (SOHC) DOHC
Valves per cylinder 2 4

road tests

944 Turbo  vs
911 Carrera 4S Coupé 
Top speed 156 mph 185 mph
1/4 mile 13.5 s 12 s
0-60mph 5.5 s 3.7 s

transmission

Drivetrain Front Engine / RWD AWD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 5 7
Axle ratio 3.38:1 3.44:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes 11.73 in Disc Disc
Rear brakes 11.77 in Disc Disc
Front wheels Unknown/? 16 508/? 216
Rear wheels Unknown/? 16 508/? 279

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,816 lb 3,186 lb
Width 68.3 in 72.9 in
Height 50.2 in 51 in
Length 166.5 in 176.8 in
Front track width 58.2 in 60.6 in
Wheelbase 94.5 in 96.5 in
Porsche 944 Turbo
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Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupé
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