Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2
On Porsche Carrera’s 20th anniversary in 1984, the Super Car 3.0 was replaced by a brand new Carrera with a 3.2 engine. Even though the bodywork, suspension, and the majority of the interiors were taken from 3.0, but in spite of the scrounges, the newer Carrera scored more than in most of the areas since it had better brakes, more power and superior comfort than its predecessor. It was widely anticipated that after twenty years of producing the 911, Porsche would come up with a new model to replace the iconic 911. But Porsche went a step short, and introduced the all new Carrera 3.2 with six different styles to choose from. Also available along with the new Carrera were the Targa or coupé variants, which ushered in a new era in the iconic Marquee’s history.
The positioning of the new 3.2 engine increased the power output to 207 bhp (154 kW; 210 PS) @ 5900 rpm for U.S. bound cars and to 231 bhp (172 kW; 234 PS) @ 5900 rpm for the rest of the world. The Carrera 3.2 got a new five-speed G-50 gearbox from Getrag with time-tested BorgWarner synchronizers and hydraulically operated clutch systems. The car clocked zero to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds and had a top speed of 150 mph (242 km/h). The size of the disc brakes was increased to aid in more effective heat dissipation and superior oiled chain torsions were fitted to the engine. Finer coolers with improved oil cooling features substituted the serpentine lines in the front passenger fender as well. Thermostatically controlled fans were ultimately added to replace the aging oil cooling techniques. Upgrades in fuel controls and the adoption of Bosch manufactured Digital Motor Electronic ignition control system added to a reduction in aggressive fuel consumption during over runs.
The interiors of the Carrera 3.2 consisted of a sunroof, air conditioning, rear seats and radio, insulated sound proof undercoating, rear wipers, fog lamps, and front hood locking systems, luggage and engine compartment lights, bolted wheel nuts and rear lid "Carrera" insignia. With the exception of the limited edition Porsche Carrera Club Sports launched in the UK, all other models were distinguishable by their “Club Sport" decal on the front left fender and were available in a variety of special colors. Although the CS was well received by the club racers, but since it had fewer "couture comforts", it was not well received by the public in general.
A unique feature of the new Carrera 3.2 was its wide body and Turbo spoilers. This 'turbo-look' was a real hit as it was equally sensational in looks and was equipped with the same chassis and breaks in addition to be a lot cheaper than the original Turbo. Due to the amplified wind-resistance and wider tires, the 'turbo-look' wasn't as sprightly as the regular Carrera, which was not of much bother for the customers. In 1986 the turbo-look also became available for the Targa and cabriolet. The Carrera 3.2 Speedster had a lower and horizontal windscreen and a straightforward manual top that folded underneath a fiberglass cover. The year 1987 saw the launch of a 'Silver Anniversary' model that featured diamond-blue metallic paint, in addition to the fuch wheels available in black, white, or platinum-metallic.