The Porsche 968 Club Sport was the highlight of the transaxle era

The 968 was the last great sports car from Porsche’s transaxle era, which started with the 924 and continued with the likes of 944 and 928.

Porsche finally exited this transaxle phase in 1995, with some 400,000 such models built, so a nod back to those times always makes sense - and you don’t have to be a Porschephile to acknowledge it. Thanks to Doug DeMuro, the 968 Club Sport gets the attention it deserves.

The Porsche 968 Club Sport was the best of many worlds

Check Out Doug DeMuro's Presentation of the Often-Forgotten Porsche 968 Clubsport
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The 968 Club Sport was in a way the predecessor of the 1997 Boxster and a less expensive alternative to the 911.

Porsche designed it with affordability in mind but also with top-shelf dynamic capabilities. Hence the near 50:50 weight distribution between the two axles enforced by the transaxle setup, with the gearbox and differential mounted in the rear and the engine sitting in the front.

Porsche claimed the 968 was 80-percent new, although the German carmaker also raided its previous parts bins in creating the 968 Club Sport. Bits and bobs like the suspension with aluminum front and rear arms or the hollow anti-roll bars, as well as the Brembo brakes, were first seen on the 944 Turbo and 944 S2.

Check Out Doug DeMuro's Presentation of the Often-Forgotten Porsche 968 Clubsport
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Mind you, Porsche shipped just shy of 2,000 examples around the world between 1993 and 1995. Under the hood sat a 3.0-liter, inline-four engine (also water cooled) with 240 horsepower.

That number was enough to let the lightweight 968 Club Sport sprint from 0 to 60 mph (96 kph) in 6.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 156 mph (251 kph). Torque came in at 305 Newton-meters or roughly 225 pound-feet.

Porsche 968 Clubsport specifications
Engine 3.0-liter, inline-four
Horsepower 240 HP
Torque 225 LB-FT
0 to 60 mph 6.1 seconds
Top Speed 156 mph
Check Out Doug DeMuro's Presentation of the Often-Forgotten Porsche 968 Clubsport
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Of course, Doug DeMuro’s video shows all the quirks and features of the 968 Club Sport and he also gets to drive it, so those impressions are definitely worth digesting. That said, head below for the 21-minute clip.

Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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