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Horsepower & Torque

Porsche 914 & 914/6
Horspower & Torque
Comparison Graph
| Porsche 914: 1970-73
1.7L "W" & "EA" Codes
| Porsche 914: 1974-76
1.8L "EC" Engine Code
| Porsche 914: 1973-74
2.0L "GA" Engine Code
| Porsche 914: 1975-76
2.0L "GC" Engine Code
| Porsche 914/6: 1970-72
"901.38" & "901.39" Codes

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Porsche 914 & 914/6 Horsepower & Torque

Porsche 914 and 914/6
            horsepower and torque graph

It Doesn't Take Much

Porsche 914 vehicles stand only four feet (1.25 meters) tall and weigh under 2200 pounds (1000 kg). Subsequently, it was not necessary to equip Porsche 914 models with overly powerful engines to achieve a satisfactory level of performance. This enabled the manufacturers to produce a car that is both fun to drive and economical in the four-cylinder Porsche 914 as well as the more powerful six-cylinder version, the Porsche 914/6.

Seven Years, Seven U.S. Production Engines

Unfortunately, a pricing dispute with chassis manufacturer Karmann caused the cost of the 914/6 to climb near that of the 911 model, resulting in poor sales and the termination of production after the 1972 model year. VW-Porsche realized that a market remained for a 914 with more power than was provided by the original 1.7 liter air-cooled Type 4 engine, so a 2.0L engine option was introduced in 1973. Such marketing decisions, changing emissions standards and geographical standards variation (e.g. California) resulted in Porsche 914 cars being delivered to the United States with seven different engines over the seven year production run.

How They Compare

The diagram accessed via the (rather large) thumbnail above is a composite of the horsepower and torque curves for the various U.S. specification Porsche 914 six and four-cylinder engines (1973 California specification 1.7 liter "EB" engine specification curves not included... sorry). This comparison provides a (somewhat busy) visual of the effects of various engine differences. In addition to displacement, aspects such as the domed pistons and higher compression of the 1.7 "W" or "EA" code engines and the heightened emission control on the 1.8 liter "EC" and 2.0L "GC" engines played a large role in the engine performance characteristics. Horsepower and torque information and graphs for the individual U.S. specification engines is available via the buttons in the left panel.

Resources & Methodology

All information contained in the HP & Torque pages is based on data provided in original Porsche 914 and Porsche 914/6 factory Owners Manuals,  Service Manuals and "Porsche 914 Technical Data" sheets. The graphs have been standardized through aspect ratio adjustment, metric to English conversion (where necessary), standard calculation conversion to SAE Net (where necessary), and, in the case of the "GA" engine charts, scale adjustment (to correct a factory drafting error). Obviously, consistency is necessary for proper comparison.