myth buster

De­bunk­ing the most com­mon old wives’ tales

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - giles chap­man

1 iT’s Pow­ered by a van en­gine

No it isn’t. The en­gine was ac­tu­ally a de­vel­op­ment of the in-line four­cylin­der EA831 unit from the Audi 100, bored out to 2.0-litre ca­pac­ity, given a Porsche-de­signed cylin­der head and equipped with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel in­jec­tion. An Audi four-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion was mod­i­fied to func­tion in the rear-wheel driv­e­line, although that was soon re­placed by Porsche’s own five-speeder. That ba­sic Audi en­gine was also adapted for use in LT com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles, for sure, but with dif­fer­ent cylin­der head and a car­bu­ret­tor. And, of course, there was a sub­stan­tial dif­fer­ence in power, with the 924 boast­ing 125bhp over the LT’s mere lowrevving 75. But in all cases, it was Audi’s mo­tor first, and it would be fairer, and more ac­cu­rate, to thank the much-liked Audi 100 Coupe for bring­ing this en­gine to the Porsche 924 party.

2 iT’s an audi in drag

No it isn’t. It’s a proper joint ven­ture prod­uct. De­vel­op­ment of the 924 be­gan in part­ner­ship with Volk­swa­gen, as a re­place­ment for the mid-en­gined VW-Porsche 914/916. Con­sid­er­ing the close his­tor­i­cal ties be­tween the two com­pa­nies, that wasn’t too con­tentious, although in the end Porsche took own­er­ship of the de­sign and VW did the man­u­fac­tur­ing in NSU’s old plant at Neckar­sulm.

3 The 924s was a deTuned 944

Ini­tially, yes. But only be­tween 1985-87. The orig­i­nal 924S used the 944’s slant-four, but detuned to 150bhp. This was to avoid un­flat­ter­ing (for the 944) comparisons, given the 924’s nar­rower body and bet­ter aero­dy­nam­ics. But be­tween 1987 and pro­duc­tion end in 1988, the run-out 924S had the same 160bhp en­gine as the en­try-level 944 – which meant it was an im­pres­sive Q-car.

no 7: Porsche 924/s

Time to stop be­ing so un­flat­ter­ing about the first transaxle Porsche.

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