words by pablo deferrari
they made nine less than the legendary Ferrari GTO. in fact, I'm not sure that many Porschephiles know that this little car exists...but ask a Spanish Porsche geek, and he'll tell you all about it.
exactly 30 were made with the M755 option (same as UK/ROW), 15 wearing black, and 15 in alpine white…but there was something very special about these cars that gently nudges my nose past the UK’s Le Mans edition and our own Special Edition version. it’s the “Spirit” script in place of the “924S” and doing away with the silly “Le Mans” tag on the doors of its UK cousin that reeks of wannabe-boy-racer.
those lacking savvy would immediately think it’s some kind of cheesy, generic appliqué found in a dollar store that the owner decided to tack on the back of his Porsche to confuse the masses. but those who instinctively salivate at the sight of anything that has a gram of Porsche DNA will recognize that font as purely the work of Zuffenhausen’s artists.
now the “Spirit,” like the UK/ROW “Le Mans” and SE, has the same lusted-after M030 suspension made up of Koni dampers and stiffer springs which dropped her a bit (10mm in the front and 15mm in the rear to be precise), and 23mm front and 20mm rear sway bars.
the options fitted were a bit different than the other versions, however. unique to the “Spirit” were the Turbo-style seats in lightweight gray flannel with ochre pinstripes like the “Le Mans” with ochre piping and accents on the white car and gray flannel with turquoise pinstripes, piping, and accents on the black one; the gray flannel fabric was also carried out on the inside door panels. it had the 360mm four-spoke steering wheel, manual steering, a removable sunroof, air-conditioning (yep, Spain can get HOT), power windows, power flag-style outer mirrors, alarm, and a beefier battery.
you also got the 15” phone dial wheels painted white with an ochre lip on the white car and black with a turquoise lip and the black guy. and lastly, on the decorative end, it had option M498 (vehicle without lettering on rear end) so that the “Spirit” logo could be affixed, and you received the special medallion to underscore its pedigree.
the Spanish version didn’t have a catalytic converter.
you see in España, there was a chance you couldn’t get high octane unleaded gas in your travels until 1989 when they began offering “95 Lead” and “98 Unleaded;” and if you ran poor fuel or lead with a cat and 10.2:1 high compression, you were asking for problems. so that’s it? that’s the special element he was talking about you may ask? no, you git, the kicker was that because of the probability of poor gas, this Spaniard produced and often exceeded…wait for it; 170bhp! by removing the cat on this baby, she was able to pick up an additional 10bhp over all of the 924Ss made in the world.
the Spanish have a hot little number to match the hot blood, and with so few made and probably even less remaining, you really can’t afford to pass one up should you see one offered. we’ll be keeping a close eye on the Mediterranean market.