The Porsche 944 was manufactured for the 1982-1991 model years, making its debut in the United States as a 1983 model. The 924 was the predecessor to the 944 and its successor is the 968. The Porsche 944 is a front-engined, rear wheel drive, 2+2 seater, with a rear-mounted transmission. This configuration results in a near perfect 50-50 weight distribution. Over the years, the 944 was made available in turbocharged (Porsche 951) and DOHC (S models) varieties.