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For many individuals, the Porsche 911 was too expensive. Porsche 912’s were a cheaper alternative that served to provide the same level of sporty presence.
With aims to reduce fees in producing the new Porsche model, some suggested using the VW inspired Porsche 356 engine while building the car with a similar 911 body. More strategies were considered.
Using the 616/16 engine consisted of the following possibilities:
- Boosting engine from 1.6-L to 1.8L
- Applying Kugelfischer fuel injection
- Implementing rework on mechanical parts such as cooling machines
The 1.8-L idea was ultimately not pursued as reworking the 616/16 into a fairly elevated version was a more natural route for Porsche. Utilizing an engine motivated by the initial 616/16 would additionally keep maintenance costs down for consumers.
Modifications on the 616/16 engine with 912’s included a lower compression ratio while being fit with separate Solex carburetors. While a slight reduction of power occurred with 90 hp, the engine’s pliability and torsion were improved.
With modifications, the new 616/16 engine was named the 616/36. Many owners replaced the Solex carburetors with Webers as the Solex carburetors reflected as slightly difficult with staying in regulation.
Newly introduced 616/16 engines ended up weighing less than the six-cylinder boxer engine provided by the 911.
912 front to back weight placement became increasingly stable which produced a better-balanced car. Budget reductions with the 912 meant the vehicle had less trim and overall instrumentation compared to the 911. Added apparatuses were made available at a moderate added cost.
Cheaper four-speed gearboxes were fitted to the 912, while five-speed gearboxes were an added option. Both 4-speed and 5-speed gearboxes contained amped up top gears designed for highway riding.
Continual 912 Progress
Progressive improvements occurred throughout the 912 production history. 1966 led to two batteries being put in the car’s front to work on weight placement. Front and back tracks on the 912 were stretched.
1967 led to 912 engine mounts being upgraded with protective door locks in addition to improved carpet. The final 912 production year in 1969 included the wheelbase being lengthened by two ¼ inches to improve handling.
When the Porsche 912 was first shown during 1965, it was a refreshing car with suspension and relaxing interior that matched the 356. The best part was the 912 looked similar with the higher priced 911 sibling. Unlike the 911, 912’s were designed to handle increased production strategies.
An exceptional driver and production car was created with the advent of the Porsche 912. Stealing attention from the 911 wasn’t as much of a concern for Porsche with 912’s as the prospect of losing money because the 911 was too expensive.
Daily driving was done with elements of style and practicality when behind the wheel of a 912.
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