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Jay Leno Drives The Spectacular Porsche 959

The technologically pioneering Porsche visits Leno’s garage.

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Jay Leno Takes Porsche’s 80s Icon 959 For A Spin

The 959 was really Porsche’s rolling laboratory for automotive technological advancement. The truly astonishing thing about the 959 is that it was truly the first daily-driver supercar. Sadly, most of these cars have not been blessed with driving mileage, as they’ve been shoved in collections and garages for years. This car has 49,000 brag-worthy kilometers, or about 30,000 miles. There’s no reason why this car couldn’t go just as far and as comfortably as any other 911. If I were lucky enough to be able to afford one of Porsche’s finest, I’d absolutely drive it up to a six-figure odometer reading. These cars were built to be driven long, far, and at high speed.

This video is quite long at nearly 30 minutes, but you might learn a thing or two about Porsche and the advancements made by the 959 in its day. These cars have really exploded in value over the last decade or so, well beyond the reach of mortals like me, but it will always have a place in my Porsche dreams. While the visuals are relatively staid and subdued by standards of even a decade later—looking a bit like a stretched out 993—this thing must have looked like an absolute rocket ship in the mid-1980s.

As nice as the 959 is to drive, with hydraulically adjustable ride height, all-wheel drive, and waves of turbocharged torque, the inside is still relatively familiar to anyone with a Carrera 3.2. Aside from the « Porsche 959 » embossed into the steering wheel, and the « G » on the shift knob to delineate a low crawling gear, you’d be hard pressed to find a way to tell you were even driving something more special than a « regular » 911. The greenhouse is the same, and the seats feel the same, which helps that feeling along. But, as soon as you slam down the accelerator, you’ll know.

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Everything You Need To Know About Porsche’s Iconic 1980s Supercar

I will spare you the shouting, as James Pumphrey has almost 14 minutes of excitement coming your way. This video solely about quirks and features, nor is it about turning the 959 to 11. James, like many of us, has never seen a 959 in real life before, and he is taking this one in as Porsche intended. As the turning point between classic Porsches and everything made since, the 959’s importance is hard to overstate. Yet somehow, taken with a jaded 2019 eye, the first high-tech supercar seems almost normal.

As a person born in to a post-959 world, everything that made the 959 exceptional has been normalized by later cars. With the exception of the ultra-low Gelande gear and the height-adjustable suspension with an astonishing 8″ adjustment range, virtually everything else on the 959 has appeared on later 911s. The 993 Turbo of 1995 mirrored the 959’s twin-turbo layout, and the Turbo S of 1997 exceeded its output. Center-lock wheels have been available on GT models for more than a decade, and exotic materials have become the norm.

Unfortunately Porsche hasn’t also embraced four-tone metallic leather upholstery in any other models. If you’re listening, Porsche, I know you have it in you to resurrect the metallic leather.

But, trying to use later 911s to contextualize the 959 just feels hollow. To appreciate best appreciate the 959, you must don your raddest shades, and approach in a 1980s frame of mind. Presented with one, there is no denying that most of us would fawn with the same sort of wide-eyed excitement as James, and that is as it should be.

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Miniature Porsche 959 de 1986 au 1:12 par GT Spirit – 959 exemplaires

Les passionnés de Porsche et de 959 peuvent se réjouir : le fabricant français de miniature GT Spirit propose depuis décembre 2018 une miniature au 1:12 de la première supercar de Porsche : la 959 en finition Confort de 1986. La Porsche 959 a marqué la fin des années 1980, propulsant la marque de Zuffenhausen …

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Porsche’s Iconic 959 Supercar Gets A Doug Score

A fussy car for a fussy man; these two complement one another.

Doug DeMuro’s obsession with automotive minutiae might not work with every one of his reviews, or for all of his 2.3 million subscribers. However, if there’s one car that deserves to be inspected with the thickest possible magnifying glass around, it’s the Porsche 959. This techno-titan established itself as one the greatest sports cars to emerge out of the 1980s, and with more gadgetry than some exotics sport in this day and age, it’s only fitting that DeMuro take us through this car in as much detail as some can stand.

If anything, his appreciation for door clicks, button actions, slides, and lighting works well with a car that was designed to do it all. In addition to setting a new standard for sports cars with sequential turbos and a 197 top speed (210 for the 959 S), it had every gizmo one can imagine.

He notes some of the quirks of this supercar which would cause some people to scratch their heads. The lift system, and « crawler » gear for offroading, the four different traction settings, the theft-proof center-locking wheels, the real-time torque split display, and the silver leather seats will catch the eye of any observer. It was, truly, ’80s excess manifested in an all-encompassing, over-the-top supercar.

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