At first the Porsche 959 was developed as a rally car, and later as a legal production car. It was produced from 1986 to 1993, and during that period was held as the most technologicaly advanced sports car ever built, being a model for the future sports cars. When it was first introduced, it was the world’s fastest street-legal production car. Powered by a twin-turbocharged engine, it was capable of reaching a top speed of 195 mph. The Porsche team produced this car as a all-wheel drive, making it one of the first high performance vehicles with this feature.
This two-door coupé is powered by a 2847 cc twin-turbocharged flat-6 engine with a 6-speed manual transmission. According to the test results from 1987, the 959 “Sport” version had accelerating time from 0-60 mph of 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 198 mph. The 959 “Komfort” version had the same accelerating time of 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 197 mph. All 959 models were available with an optional upgrade to 530 hp, delivering top speed of 209 mph and improved accelerating time from 0-62 mph of 3.4 seconds.
A total of 345 cars of this model were ever produced. One of the owners is the Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who had to wait for 13 years to get his car from the customs service.