Skip advert
Advertisement

Porsche 911 through the ages - Porsche 3.2 Carrera (1984-1989)

The new 991-spec Porsche 911 can trace its roots back through half a century of automotive evolution. Richard Meaden charts the iconic coupe’s journey

This is the 911 I used to draw on the back of my school exercise books when I should have been learning the periodic table or some other cobblers. Consequently I feel like I know the 3.2 Carrera, even though I’ve never driven one.

After the power-assisted precision of the 964, the 3.2’s unassisted steering is a shock. It’s really heavy, so although it does wriggle and shuffle in your hands, it feels quite dead once you apply steering lock. There’s surprising grip, but you’re always aware of the tail’s effect on your trajectory. It’s an effort to drive this car quickly and it’s much harder to relax and have fun with than the 964. In truth, it’s the first car in the test where I’ve felt the old-school 911 traits actually inhibit the driving experience.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Bov hits the nail on the head after his drive: ‘In this company the 3.2 Carrera feels like a bridge between the classic and the modern, and it’s compromised as a result. There’s much more grip, but that brings much more weight to all the controls and the information is lost somewhere along the way. The steering is really hefty, the clutch a bit of a pain, and although beneath all that is a car with a workable balance, I’m not sure you’d feel that keen to dip into its reserves as freely. To me this is the biggest disappointment of the day. I love the way it looks, but I’m not keen on how it drives.’

NEXT PAGE: Porsche 911 3.0 SC (1978-1983)

Specifications

Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera
Engine Flat-six, 3164cc
Power 228bhp @ 5900rpm
Torque 209lb ft @ 4800rpm 
Transmission Five-speed manual, rear drive
Tyres 185/70 VR15 front, 215/60VR 15 rear
Weight 1280kg
Power-to-weight 181bhp/ton
0-60mph 5.6sec (claimed)
Top speed 153mph (claimed)
Years produced 1984-1989
Price new £22,537 (1984)
Price today £10,000-£20,000
Skip advert
Advertisement
Skip advert
Advertisement

Most Popular

New EU tyre rules could save motorists £6 billion in new tyres
Tyres
News

New EU tyre rules could save motorists £6 billion in new tyres

400 million tyres per year are replaced before reaching the legal limit for tread depth, but new EU regulations will make tyres safer right down to 1.…
17 Jul 2024
Theon Design GBR003 2024 review – a Porsche 911 Targa with GT3 performance
Theon Design GBR003
Reviews

Theon Design GBR003 2024 review – a Porsche 911 Targa with GT3 performance

For its third UK commission, the Oxfordshire-based Porsche restorer and enhancer has turned its attention to a Targa, and the result is out of this wo…
19 Jul 2024
This is our best look yet at Ferrari’s brand new hypercar
Ferrari hypercar test mule
Spy shots

This is our best look yet at Ferrari’s brand new hypercar

The LaFerrari successor will bring Ferrari’s motorsport and road car programs closer than ever, with sophisticated aero and a new hybrid powertrain
22 Jul 2024