The Porsche 959 has an interesting history of sorts. It was first produced in 1986 as a 2-door sports coupe capable of such great speeds that it quickly earned the tag of the ‘world’s fastest car’. Though it featured a full safety roll cage and racing seat belts, the car was never made road-legal in the United States. This was because Porsche refused to kick up to level 4 for the car testings. It was at this time that Bruce Canepa, a retired US racecar driver decided to do something about it. Making necessary modifications to the exhaust, turbo and computer-control systems, he made the car compliant with the US emission requirements. Very soon, Porsche 959 became a rage in the country. The car was priced at $225,000 at launch, but today the craze has driven the price up to $500,000! This is in spite of the fact that its successor, the Porsche 911 GT1 has been on the roads for decades now.
The 2847cc engine of the sports car is located in the rear. It is a twin turbo-charged flat-6 engine which was built on a pre-existing boxer engine. The 2.85 liters capacity engine comes coupled with a manual 5-speed gearbox. With its water-cooled cylinder heads along with the sequential turbochargers and air-cooled block, the engine pumps out 331 kW and 444 bhp of power. The sequential turbochargers ensure that power delivery is smooth and seamless. This generated power throttles the car to thrilling top speeds of 350 kmh and ensures that the car moves from 0 to 100 kmh under 3.7 seconds.
A peep into the car reveals a very spacious cabin. For a car that was last made in 1989, the interiors look quite hip and modern. Leather-work is a constant and common feature throughout. The seats, dashboard and the steering wheel have been covered in soft leather. The hand-brake and gear shaft sit prominently in the center, in between the seats. The car also arrives with its own vintage audio system which can be easily replaced with modern multimedia players. Most of the dashboard region is occupied by dials, meters and gauges which form a pretty decent array. Sports mats are located on the floor and the pedals for the brake and clutch are on the longer side. Overall, the cabin is functional and is thus not loaded in luxury. It is definitely comfortable and pretty neat.
By its looks itself, the Porsche 959 strikes one as a compact and powerful car. It has a lightweight and highly rugged shell made of aluminum and kevlar composite. Kevlar is a light material with one of the highest tensile strengths. The floor of the car has been made of flame-resistant Nomex instead of steel in an attempt to further reduce the weight. In order to increase the stability, 'zero-lift' aerodynamics has been used thoroughly in the body styling. A medium sized spoiler sits on the rear of the car, above the engine to provide an aerodynamic enhancement. The trims of the car vary between the two created versions - Sport and Komfort - which correspond to the racers and the streetcars.