Collector’s Item Against Cult: Porsche 944 vs. 911

At least once in your life, someone asked you which car is better or which one you would choose if you got the chance to pick one. No matter the model, everybody encounters those kinds of questions at least once. 

Well, now we are asking you, Porsche 944 or 911? Which model gets your heart racing? 

In this article, we will compare the two cars by their abilities and other characteristics. Let’s see which one is better, and let’s see it now!

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Introduction to Porsche Cars 

Porsche 911 vs. Porsche 944

As we already mentioned, the cars will “compete” in a few of the most important categories. 

The categories will be 

  1. Engine 
  2. Appearance 

Both categories will have specific subcategories for each, and each subcategory will award one point. Finally, at the end of the article, we will gather all the points, telling us which car is better, at least from that perspective. 

Let’s talk more about each car first. 

Porsche 944: Profile

With a clean appearance, near-perfect weight distribution, a dependable drivetrain, seating for four, significant trunk capacity, and, of course, its outstanding driving qualities, the Porsche 944 is one of the most undervalued sports cars of its generation.

Whether it’s a 944 Turbo or the more modest (but still significant) naturally-aspirated 2.5 engine, the Porsche 944 is one of the best-value 1980s-era sports cars money can buy today; a well-chosen example will provide its owner years of driving and fun.

Porsche 911: Profile

The new generation of 911 was introduced in 1989, at the same time the G series was being phased out. 

The 911 Carrera 4 type 964 was made up of 85 percent new parts but preserved the classic design of the previous model. In addition, it came in three body styles: Coupé, Targa, and Cabriolet. 

Despite numerous design similarities, the 964 had far superior aerodynamics than the G model. The redesigned round front and rear portions and an automatically expanding rear spoiler; all contributed to this.

The 911 Carrera 4 was the first 911 to be equipped with an all-wheel drive. 

The all-wheel-drive system generally sent 31% of the driving torque to the front axle and 69% to the rear axle. 

Depending on the driving circumstances, the distribution might be changed. On the C4’s center console, there was a traction switch. It had a 3.6-liter engine that generated 250 horsepower. 

A similar rear-wheel-drive variant was offered in the shape of the 911 Carrera 2 in the model year 1990, and another Turbo version was available as of 1991.

First Category: Engine

In this category, there will be two subcategories: 

  1. Horsepower 
  2. Speed Details 

Since 944 has a lot of models, we will pick just one and base all the information on that model. The model in question will be the latest 944 S2 (without Turbo). 

Porsche 994: Engine

The Porsche 944 S2, active from 1989 to 1991, is a unique and cool old-vibe car. Let’s see which powers he has. It is also available in the cabriolet version, which is oh-so-good!

First, let’s talk about the engine. 

It has a 3.0-liter four-valve engine, which is spectacular! It can perform similar to the Turbo version, which almost matched that of the Turbo model. 

Since it has a good engine, let’s see how fast it can go. 


The Porsche 944 S2 has 211 PS, which is 155 kW and 208 hp.


For cars with a manual transmission, quoted performance estimates a 0–60 mph accelerating performance of 6.0 secs. The S2 model can go 0–60 mph in 6.8 seconds, which is incredible!

The peak of acceleration is 150 mph.

Porsche 911: Engine

Since the 944 is the older model, we decided to compare it to the older models of the 911 line. 

The model in question is Porsche 911 Coupe from the 964 series Carrera 2 from 1989. It has a similar year production, but let’s see the difference. 

The Carerra 2 Porsche has a Boxer 6 engine, which is a bit more powerful than the engine in Porsche 944.

So, it is a Boxter 6 Petrol engine with 12 valves. Pretty impressive if you ask us. 

Now let’s see the further specs. 


It has 250 PS or 247 bhp or 184 kW. A bit more than the previous competitor.


The top speed is 162 Mph.

The acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds! WOW! Amazing! 

Winner Of The Engine Category

Well, the apparent winner of the first category is the Porsche 911 Carerra 2 from 1989. Let’s take a look at the points.

Porsche 944
Porsche 911

Porsche 944, more luck next time!

Second Category: Appearance

Now let’s talk about appearances!

This will be the only category, but we will still decide which car gets the point! So this one is deciding which car is the winner of today’s comparison. 

Porsche 994: Appearance

The Porsche 944 S2 is an insider recommendation among the different Porsche 944 variants and is worth a try for various reasons.

To begin with, it is pretty uncommon; just 9,400 Coupés and 7,000 Cabriolets were made globally between 1988 and 1991. That’s an interesting fact!

Also, late cars with front airbags are challenging to find.

Second, owing to its 211 PS 3.0-litre engine, the 944 S2 is an absolute technological marvel, with the world’s largest 4-cylinder engine for passenger cars.

Then there’s the appearance: It sports legendary pop-up headlights that always leave people speechless. Something about it appeals to me!

It features the body of a Porsche 944 Turbo with a rear glass lid, as previously stated.

The bumpers on this Porsche are integrated into the body form, while fog lighting and high-beam headlights are located behind the direction indications on the front apron. There is also an air intake below the direction indicators.

The front spoiler is painted the same color as the rest of the car. It features black flaring rims and side door sills.

The great part about this vehicle is that you can have external color side protection strips if you choose a cabriolet!

Isn’t it fantastic? In cabriolet models, the rear lid comprises sheet steel and manual cloth.

Porsche 911: Appearance

Porsche released the 911 Carrera 4 in 1989. (964). The new 911 was a modern twist on the legendary two-door sports vehicle. It was released when many predicted 911’s demise because the company was manufacturing the 944 model (our competitor in this article) and the 968 series. 

The 964 needed a considerable overhaul due to the extended run of the preceding 911, and Porsche provided on that claim with 85 percent new components and almost minimal usage of the predecessor’s design.

Except for the addition of aerodynamic polyurethane bumpers and an instantly expanding rear spoiler to replace the “whale tail” seen on the 911 during the 1980s, the 964 retained the traditional 911’s styling. 

The inside was nearly fully rebuilt, with a more contemporary design that aimed to combine performance and comfort. 

The new 911 included:

  1. A Tiptronic automatic transmission, 
  2. power steering, 
  3. two front airbags, 
  4. dual-mass flywheel, 
  5. ABS, 
  6. retractable rear spoiler, 
  7. and twin-spark ignition.

The Winner Of The Appearance Category

However it might be, we declared the winner of this category the moment we started. We are opting for the 944 model because it is simply gorgeous and has been our secret love for some time now. 

Do you have a different opinion? Let us know in the comments!

Also, check out the final table at the end of this article!


We’ve come to the end. Let’s check out the final table!

Porsche 944
Porsche 911

It looks like the cars are tied! Well, we are okay with that, because both are amazing vehicles! What’s your take on this? Leave a comment below!

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