The 914/6 is the top-of-the-line model of the Porsche 914, a mid-engined targa top roadster designed as an entry-level model priced below the Porsche 911. To distinguish it from lesser models, the 914/6 is powered by a flat-six engine from the 1969 Porsche 911 T and was assembled by Porsche in Stuttgart as opposed to the four-cylinder models which were fully assembled by Karmann.
The 914/6 started production in 1970 but was discontinued in 1973 due to poor sales. Since then, Porsche had not built a mid-engined road car with a six-cylinder engine until the introduction of the Porsche Boxster 23 years later.
Conceived in collaboration with Volkswagen, the 914 was to be an economical sports car replacing the VW Karman Ghia and giving Porsche something to call entry-level. Most were produced with VW flat-four-cylinder motors and, in Europe, these were VW badged as well. Only 3,360 914/6’s [sic] were produced. The 2.0-liter, flat-six made significantly more (35) horsepower than the largest VW flat-four available in the other models. All had a five-speed transaxle. Porsche entered a 914/6 GT in the 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race and it took its class and sixth overall; not too shabby for an entry-level sports car. The 914’s mid-engine, rear-wheel drive and near perfect weight balance make it a confidence-inspiring drive through corners. It’s also an endearing starting point for those wishing to own a Porsche, with a combination of fine performance and elegant aesthetics.
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