The original 2.5-litre 944 was discontinued in the USA at the end of the 1988 model year. However, for the rest of the world Porsche produced a 2.7-litre car for a short period. The larger capacity of 2681cc was achieved by enlarging the cylinder bore diameter from 100mm to 104mm. At the same time the compression ratio was increased to 10.9:1, the diameter of the inlet valves went from 45mm to 48mm, the camshaft timing was revised and the water pump flow-rate increased.
The power increase was modest, going up from 163bhp to 165bhp. However, there was a more worthwhile increase in maximum torque, from 205Nm to 225Nm at 4200rpm.
Compression ratio: 10.9:1
Maximum Power: 165bhp @ 5800rpm
Maximum Torque: 205Nm @ 4200rpm
Brakes: Front: 282mm discs; rear: 289mm discs; servo assisted
Suspension: Front: Single wishbones and MacPherson struts with telescopic dampers and coil springs; rear: semi-trailing arms with telescopic dampers and transverse torsion bar. Front and rear antiroll bars
Wheels & Tyres: Front: 15x7J with 185/70VR15 tyres. Rear: 15x8J with 215/60VR tyres
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0-60mph: 8.2 sec Top speed: 136mph