Porsche 959

Porsche 959
  • Car model: Porsche
  • Producing country: Germany
  • Year of issue: 1985 – 1988
  • Body Type: Coupe

Porsche 959 is a sports car of the German company Porsche. The whole model range is Porsche.

It was first introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1983. Two years later, in the 85th, the Porsche 959 was available to the general public. At that time, the Porsche company was very proud of this car. Even then, he was compared to his most avid opponent – Ferrari F40.

The first sample of the car was called Porsche Group B. It was presented in 1893 and it had a medium-motor configuration. In addition to this resemblance, the engineers were tasked to go far from the brand 911. It was prepared to take part in Group B competitions.

Porsche 959

It was a legendary rally championship, which can be compared to the current Formula-1, but on the road. For this very purpose, the car has been purchased with all-wheel drive and the suspension of the racing independent discharge.

The Germans have already been able to participate in the Group B Porsche 959 at the Paris Dakar tournaments and the Pharaohs Rally marathon. Despite the first performances, the car won all two competitions in 1985. A little later, the serial version of the 959th coupe brand was released.


The exterior design of the Porsche 959 coupe was created by the famous craftsman Luigi Colani, who in the future was one of the co-authors of the Chevrolet Corvette exterior. When he was developing the design for the German coupe, he was in cramped circumstances, because engineers and designers did not allow him to walk around fully. But it did not become a hindrance for Luigi to execute an aggressive and beautiful car with a memorable appearance.

The Porsche has got as much as possible a streamlined body, deprived of sharp corners and protruding details. Except for the bumper in front with a huge air intake and a large anti-wing at the stern of the car, the car has a lot of holes for ventilation at the side. This allowed for better cooling of the power unit. The body is famous for a very small index of drag coefficient – 0.31 – even today it is not a bad result.

Porsche 959 photo


The Porsche 959 coupe salon isn’t new. The buyer was a little surprised to find the 911 Turbo finish. These are the same armchairs, which are covered with a simple cloth, standard four-spoke wheel. The dashboard clearly shows the largest sensor of engine revolutions with the value of up to 8 thousand revolutions, to the right of it is a speedometer, graduated to 340 km/hour.

Other sensors are located on the sides of the vehicle to monitor the overall position of the vehicle. The ignition key is located to the left of the steering column. The sports version is devoid of any comfort, and the logical explanation for this is that it focuses on the technical characteristics of the vehicle, rather than the comfort of the driver and passenger.

Porsche 959 cabin photo


The German sports car Porsche 959 came with an opposing 2.85 litre engine that produces 450 horsepower and 530 N.M. The power unit transmits torque to all wheels using a six-speed manual gearbox.

Porsche 959 side view

Full drive was by far the most modern of the 80s. The Porsche 959 coupe suspension was able to coordinate the ground clearance and contained 3 fixed positions. Because of this, the car could take part in the famous “Paris – Dakar” race.

Price and equipment

Serial production of the 959th model was completed in 1988. During the whole history, about 200 cars of this car came out of the assembly line. At the time of its release, the racing car cost $225000. Today, it is very difficult to buy a German sportsman, due to the small series. Porsche 959 does not fall below $461535. You can buy only by auction or from a collector. The cost will depend on the year of manufacture, and the general condition of the car.

Porsche 959 view from behind


In the car market, this 959th model occupies a strong place among the popular cars. Among its advantages, it is a powerful engine, good gearbox, nice appearance and good bodywork. The Germans were able to show endless potential for improvement.

Porsche 959 car picture

We advise you to read the article: Porsche history

Porsche 959 photos

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