Porsche 914/4 & 914/6

The porsche 914 started production with Volkswagen in 1969. It was a Porsche design in conjunction with Gugelot Design GmbH. The design was originally intended as a front engine car but was later adapted by porsche to be mid engined in a pressed steel monocoque. The 914 was assembled at both Karmann in Osnabruck 914/4 and in Porsche's factory in Zuffenhausen 914/6.

Model 914 4

Year 1969 Units Built 115598

0-60 mph 12.9 seconds

0-1/4 mile 18.2 seconds

Top speed 118 mph / 190 km/h

Transmission 5 Speed Manual

Engine Type Air Cooled Flat 4

Valvetrain OHV

Displacement 1971 cc / 120 cubic inches

Bore x Stroke 3.5 in x 2.6 in

Horsepower 100 hp @ 5000 rpm

Torque 114 ft lbs @ 2900 rpm

Compression Ratio 7.6 : 1


Model 914 6

Year 1970

Units Built 3324

0-60 mph 8.7 seconds

0-1/4 mile 16.3 seconds

Top speed 123 mph / 198 km/h

Transmission 5 Speed Manual

Engine Type Air Cooled Flat 6

Valvetrain OHC

Displacement 1991 cc / 121 cubic inches

Bore x Stroke 3.1 in x 2.6 in

Horsepower 125 hp @ 5800 rpm

Torque 131 ft lbs @ 4200 rpm


Porsche 916

The Porsche 916 never made it to production. 11 models were produced in 1971 and 1972, and all were considered "preproduction." The car is based on a 914 body. Flared fenders were added, as were 15x7" wheels. The 916 had a steel roof, instead of a targa top, for added rigidity. It had fiberglass bumper panels, that were car-color. Underneath was the 911S's 6 cylinder, 190 hp engine (210 hp in 1972), giving the 916 a top speed of 233 kph. Stiffer springs, pressurized competition shocks, front and rear swaybars, and 4 wheel vented discs added to the package. Weighing 165 lbs less than the 911S, the 916 became the quickest accelerating Porsche yet, going from 0-60 in well under 7 seconds.

Model 916

Year 1971

Units Built 11

0-60 mph 6.6 seconds

Top speed 233 km/h / 145 mph

Transmission 5 speed manual

Type Air Cooled Flat 6

Valvetrain SOHC

2 valves / cylinder

Displacement 2400 cc / 146 cubic inches

Horsepower 190 hp @ 6500 rpm


Porsche 914 Timeline


Was the year of launch for the Porsche 914, priced as a replacement for the 912. A choice was available of either 1.7 fuel injected flat 4 or a 2.0 litre flat six engines. Outputting 80bhp and 110bhp respectively. Additional characteristics unique to the sixes included: larger 911 brakes and five-bolt wheel hubs; a larger brake master cylinder; front suspension transplanted directly from the 911 model line; gauges calibrated to the higher performance six cylinder engine; a 911 based steering column; dual Weber carburetors; electric windshield washer; different gear ratios in the transmission, and an assortment of smaller details.


A privately entered 914/6GT won its class at Le Mans and finished 4th overall. The 914/6GT was the competition version of the six cylinder model


Optional Pedrini Light alloy wheels were available for the 914/4


The new 916 a six cylinder 2.4 or 2.7 engine high performance model was produced but only eleven of these rare 150mph cars were made to complement the 914/4 and 914/6. Passenger seat was now adjustable on all models and a new door trim was supplied to compliment the dashboard design.


The 914/6 ceased production but a new 2.0 litre 4 cylinder 914 was introduced to replace it, known as the 914S in the USA. Fuchs and Mahle light-alloy wheels became available as an option for the 914/4. Centre consol was available on the 2.0 models. Rubber over-riders were fitted to US spec cars.


The 1.7 914/4 engine was enlarged to 1.8 litres and fitted with bosch L- jetronic injection, power produced was only 76bhp. But european models fitted duel weber cards and horsepower went up to 85bhp. Vinyl trim on roof pillars previously an option becomes standard on the entire range. A limited edition model was available in the USA which was a 2.0 litre model with spoilers and different paint


Impact front and rear bumpers fitted tom US spec models, New interior trim available


Production of the 914 ceases