Debunking the most common old wives’ tales
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.