Developed as a homologation special to enable Porsche to compete in Gruppe B motor sport, the 959 became one of the most technologically advanced and fastest cars ever built.
Based on a 911, the 959 had carbon-fibre body panels, sophisticated four-wheel-drive, six-speed gearbox, active suspension, magnesium-alloy wheels with tyre-pressure sensors, run-flat tyres, and stunningly styled lines.
The engine was an all-aluminium unit that was essentially air-cooled, but with water-cooled cylinder heads. Two sequential turbochargers and twin inter-coolers helped it to produce no less than 450bhp.
With power like this going to all four wheels, the 959 could rocket to 62mph in just 3.7 seconds, and go on to a top speed of 197mph. Figures that few cars have beaten to this day.
959s were the basis for Porsche’s success in the Paris-Dakar rally
Compression ratio: 8.3:1
Maximum Power: 450bhp @ 6500rpm
Maximum Torque: 500Nm @ 5500rpm
Brakes: Front: 322mm discs; rear: 308mm discs; servo assisted
Suspension: Front: Double wishbones and MacPherson struts with coil springs and twin dampers, plus anti-roll bar Rear: Double wishbones and MacPherson struts with coil springs and twin dampers, plus anti-roll bar (Variable ride height and adjustable damping, front and rear, on Comfort version)
Wheels & Tyres: Front: 17x8J with 235/45VR17 tyres. Rear: 17x10J with 255/40VR17 tyres
Did you Know?
It is believed that just 292 road-going 959s were built, making it a rare and sought-after machine. 0-62mph: 3.7 sec Top speed: 197mph