911 Porsche World - - Buyers’ Guide -

‘Sud­denly an in­ter­rup­tion be­hind your right shoul­der in­ter­rupts the muted en­gine note, and the 959 charges vi­o­lently for­ward. That sec­ond turbo comes in like an af­ter­burner, and your back, nestling com­fort­ably in the seat, is sud­denly gripped by the back­rest. The whole beast springs into life like some fren­zied an­i­mal surg­ing for­ward with ir­re­sistible ur­gency.’ Car, Porsche 959 first drive, Septem­ber 1987 ‘Since his ap­point­ment in 1981 chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Schutz has given sales and mar­ket­ing a greater role in de­ci­sion mak­ing, hence the pol­icy of pro­duc­ing the 959 with an en­gine ca­pa­ble of run­ning on lead-free fuel, and ca­pa­ble of ul­tra high per­for­mance with cat­alytic equip­ment in­stalled (this pol­icy, in fact, adding at least a year to the de­vel­op­ment time). It may be that the 959 is the last, in the fore­see­able fu­ture, to be an en­gi­neer­ing show­case, crammed full of good­ies that will per­me­ate the range in years to come.’ Mo­tor Sport, June 1988

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