The 924 represented a new beginning for Porsche. It started a Porsche trend which did not end until the last 968 was built in 1995. All of these would have the front engine/rear transmission layout. The 924 came out in 1976, as a replacement for the defunct 914. It carries a small inline 4, another first for Porsche. And, amazingly, it is WATER COOLED! It has a smoothly contoured body, with a large rear window posing as a hatchback. Missing are spoilers, fender flares, wide tires, and things like that. The 924 is a plain, un-gimmicked, 2+2 touring car that is cheap, sporty, and fun to drive. The near neutral handling of the car is welcomed by those who always wanted a Porsche, but didn't know how to drive a 911! You can easily run up and down the gears, pitching the nimble 924 into corners and through S-curves. It is simply a fun car to drive. By announcing this car, Porsche allowed the average person to own a Porsche, without selling their house.

Engine: 8 valve SOHC in-line 4, aluminum block and heads
Bore and Stroke: 3.94 x 3.11 in (100.0 x 78.9 mm)
Displacement:151 or 2479cc
Horsepower: [email protected],900 rpm
Torque: [email protected],500 rpm
Power to weight ratio: 21.0 lbs per horsepower
Compression ratio: 10.2:1
Fuel system: Bosch LE Jetronic
Drivetrain: 5 speed manual transmission
Front: MacPherson struts with lower A-arms, coil springs, tube shocks, anti-roll bar
Rear: Semi-trailing arms, torsion bars, tube shocks, anti-roll bar
Curb weight: 2,734 lbs
Wheelbase: 94.5"
Length: 168.9"
Width: 68.3"
Height: 50.2"
Track front/rear: 58.2"/57.1"
Ground clearance: 4.92"
Brakes and Wheels: Vacuum assisted, fixed caliper, internally vented discs 15x6.0" front,
15x6.0" rear cast aluminum wheels
Fuel Economy: 20 mpg (city) 28 mpg (hwy)
Performance: 0-60mph: 7.5 seconds; 0-1/4 mile: 15.8s; Top Speed: 138mph (at redline)