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For the 1989 model year, the S2 variant of the Porsche 944 was much-upgraded and replaced both the standard and ‘S’ spec 944s. A new aluminium cylinder block employing Formula One technology allowed a capacity increase to 3.0-litres, making it the largest production 4-cylinder engine of its time. Power was up 21bhp on the 944 S, and torque was also considerably increased. Externally, the S2 adopted the lower-drag nose and tail panels from the Turbo which, along with a taller final drive ratio, helped a manual gearbox car hit almost 150 mph and achieve a 0-60 mph time of 6.0 seconds. The Turbo’s braking system was also adopted and 'Series 90' 16-inch cast alloy wheels were standard equipment. Production of the S2, and in fact the 944 as a mainstream model, ended in 1991, giving way to the 968. The car presented here is a last-year-of-production example, and is a right-hand drive C16 (UK-supplied) 1991 S2 944 Coupé. The car has covered a conservative 63,000 miles in the hands of just two previous owners. It was delivered new through ‘Five Oaks Garage’ in Jersey on the 13th May 1992 but has resided for the last few years in Guernsey, with occasional trips across the water for servicing at Porsche specialists ‘Marque 21’ of Bridport in Dorset. Indeed, the car has an extensive service history and we are assured that it drives and performs very well. The car looks particularly striking in the rare combination of Glacier Blue Metallic (LY5U) and a blue leather interior. The 944, the 968 and even the 928 are seeing their values rise in the wake of the '911 explosion' and front-engined Porsches are having the renaissance they richly deserve. This great example, whilst being competitively guided (and with taxes paid), opens the door into a very exclusive club.