PH Heroes: Porsche 968 Club Sport – PistonHeads

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With the 968 CS Porsche discovered every cloud has a silver writes Ollie Stallwood

The is 1992 and Porsche is on the ropes. has hit the carmaker hard and while powerful versions of its cars had a beacon of conspicuous consumption in the before, wealth is neither people can or want to shout anymore.

CEO of Porsche Cars America Fred Schwab put it when describing the imminent facing the company: ‘I remember the Wall Street, where the young executive gets of insider trading,’ he said. ‘An gentleman comes up to him and says, looks into the abyss and stares back. It is at that man gets character.” That was we at Porsche were able to getting our character.’

Porsche had its way somewhat, and the new 968 – which the company desperately claimed was 83% new over the 944 – was slated by the critics. It was dated, dull and uninspiring. But unbelievably out of mess came something Porsche was able to miraculously what it was that had made it in the first place.

The firm tried to rescue the by appealing to the Porsche enthusiast, who arguably it had neglected somewhat the past few years, as well as to bring to the market something affordable. In December 1992 the 968 ‘Club Sport’ was wheeled out – grand cheaper and because of the luxuries had been binned, lighter. In fact because of the ‘lux’ pack on UK cars it ended up shedding between 100 and

Almost accidentally Porsche had created one of the best cars it had built. It was an instant cult harking back to the seventies its coloured wheels and ‘Club script down the side. You may lost the back seats, sound deadening, electric and windows, central locking and speakers, but the trade-off where Recaro fixed-back buckets and 17” from a 911.

There was the same 240bhp twin-cam four-cylinder – the most naturally-aspirated four-pot in a production car at time – and there was a 10mm in the suspension. Zero to 60mph 6.1 seconds, a slight improvement the standard car, and top speed was Thanks to a lack of safety (the airbag had been for starters) the car didn’t go on sale in instead staying in Europe and

It may not have been a huge success but it began the rebuild of reputation as a builder of serious cars. Autocar named it handling car of 1993 and although 1,923 found an owner seemed to be talking about at the time.

To find out what all the fuss is I headed down to Eporsch ), a Porsche specialist tucked in Chertsey, Surrey. When I owner Roly Baldwin me through the front door of an premises into what is an Cave of beautiful second-hand At the front is a black 968 Club which ironically stands out other CSs because it doesn’t the no-cost option painted or side decals.

It looks – purposeful, low and nicely

Climbing inside you notice space is at a premium for a tall like me and this isn’t by the fixed-back Recaros that you very upright.

But pulling out the traffic I’m surprised at how easy the 968 CS is to around in as I hunt out some roads.

Its reputation suggests this is a road/track car, but it doesn’t like that to me. The ride is but soaks up the bumps admirably and the CS is tractable around town. As I onto a quieter piece of that curves off through a of trees I’m wondering whether car may not be as focused as I had hoped.

But I’m

The moment you nail the throttle strange happens. The world you disappears and you see nothing but the road The seating position is just the Recaro fixing you straight

The small steering wheel is placed. The throttle response is The power delivery is linear and

The 968 CS focuses your mind in a way few cars can, it feels a racing car and for a second you are thundering the Mulsanne Straight. Then it better. Turn the wheel as you a bend and you discover steering that you thought no longer in a road car.

The steering feel in the CS is fantastic, the

This is a car that you control and is set up to make sure you do your job as you can. The car stays virtually through bends, and even roundabouts, thanks to a lack of but it is controllable and doesn’t feel it will snap away.

The of sound deadening makes the sound good too – and old school – but never Bizarrely there is a smidge of the a drove a few weeks ago about car. It feels honest and – it feels like a real car from the days when men cigarettes during pit stops.

The speed that can be consistently in a CS belies its modest performance This car is about driving anyway, not bags of grip will only let you find the at crazy speeds. The chassis is balanced too with a delicacy makes it accessible to virtually

It feels special, exotic and for less than Ј30,000 new Ј12,000 now) it seems a bargain.

Where are all the cut price CS now? Performance these is often measured on outright and Nurburgring lap records but the CS makes things seem rather So out of recession came perfection? there’s another 968 CS just the corner…

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