The Porsche 944 Turbo S is often overlooked as one of the great sports cars of its day, and that's a shame. Porsche only built around 1000 examples, and it remains a simply fantastic car to drive, as R&T Contributor Matt Farah recently found out.
Though the Turbo S looks virtually identical to the standard 944 Turbo, Porsche introduced a host of enhancements to make it worthy of the "S" designation. Among the upgrades are a bigger turbocharger, a shorter final drive ratio, Koni adjustable shocks, chassis-stiffening frame brackets, wider tires, and four-piston Brembo front brakes taken from the 928 S4.
Farah got the chance to drive a high-mileage (yet supremely well-kept) Turbo S as a part of his , and fell in love. In typical '80s fashion, the turbo doesn't kick in until about 4000 rpm, and there's a lot of steering input needed to get the car to turn. But it's surprisingly fast, and very well sorted. (Did we mention the fantastic Silver Rose Edition cloth pattern interior?)