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The Porsche 928 was the company’s first production car with a V-8 engine and the only coupe powered by a front-mounted V-8 as of today. Developed in the 1970s as a replacement of the 911, the 928 was eventually sold alongside the rear-engine sports car. Production lasted from 1977 until 1995. Porsche’s only luxury grand tourer up to date, the 928 was sold in various configurations. In addition to the base model, Porsche offered an S variant and later on changed the badge to the 928 S4. Club Sport (CS) and GT versions followed while the final four model years saw the 928 sold as a GTS only. While it wasn’t as popular as the 911, the 928 developed a following, and it’s now considered a classic. Design-wise, the 928 stayed largely untouched stylistically. The biggest changes were improvements made to the power- and drivetrains, tweaks to the suspension, rearrangement of options and packaging, and mostly cosmetic adjustments aside from minor body additions to improve aerodynamics. It had a great 18 years life, but we are pretty happy that in the end, the 928 never achieved its original goal of replacing the Porsche 911.
Manufacturer: Porsche AG / Production Years: 1977–1995 / Production: 60,870 units / Assembly: Germany: Stuttgart / Designer: Wolfgang Möbius, Anatole Lapine / Body style: 2-door 2+2 hatchback/fastback coupé / Layout: Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive / Engines: 4.5 L M28/01–M28/18 V8, 4.7 L M28/19–M28/22 V8, 5.0 L M28/41–M28/47 V8, 5.4 L M28/49–M28/50 V8 / Transmissions: 5-speed manual, 3-speed automatic, 4-speed automatic / Dimensions: Wheelbase: 2,500 mm (98.4 in), Length: 4,520 mm (178.0 in), 1988–1995: 4,524 mm (178.1 in), Width: 1987–1992: 1,837 mm (72.3 in), 1993–1995: 1,890 mm (74.4 in), Height: Pre-1989: 1,275 mm (50.2 in), 1990–1995: 1,282 mm (50.5 in) / Kerb weight: 1,450–1,620 kg (3,197–3,571 lbs) (approx.)
The 928 development project was started in 1971 and was designed by Porsche as the eventual replacement for the 911. It was the product of a company that had gone through much turmoil in the early 70’s. Ferry Porsche had moved the company on from being a family run business with father-son in-fighting causing loss of focus. A number of senior company members were “encouraged” to move on and a new chief executive was appointed – his name - Dr Ernst Fuhrmann. Previously with the Goertz Piston company, Fuhrmann was the man responsible for the design of the 1950’s Carrera engine (the engine was also used in the 550 Spyder etc).
Fuhrmann believed that Porsche’s long-term future should be built upon Grand Tourers with conventional engines – he went on to de-prioritise the 911 – believing that the 928 would be its successor. History shows us that his views were not necessarily shared, as the 911 continues to be a significant member of the product portfolio – whilst the 928 – despite having a good innings lasted only some 18 years.
The Porsche 928 was unveiled at the 1977 Geneva Motor Show to immediate acclaim and went on to be named Car of the Year 1978 – the first time that a sports car has won this accolade. Styled by Anatole Lapine – the hatchback body featured aluminium doors, bonnet and front wings for weight saving. There did not appear to be any bumpers! In fact they were concealed behind the nose and tail sections, which were made of plastic, and matched the body style. Following minor impact – these panels ingeniously bounced back into shape. Aluminium also featured in the heads and block of first V8 from Porsche. Pop-up lamps – allegedly based upon the Lamborghini Miura were a quirky addition that completely changed the personality of the car when raised.
Other innovations included the Weissach axle. This unique variant of the semi-trailing arm suspension design was developed to eliminate oversteer an inherent problem with most cars then caused forced toe-out on braking / cornering. Sometimes called “passive rear wheel steering” this innovation dynamically changes the toe-in eliminating oversteer to such an extent that it can actually induce understeer! Weissach was the Porsche R&D centre where this suspension was developed.
As Porsches flagship car in its bid to move the business more up-market and capture North American sales the 928 truly was a Grand Tourer and was a great success. Its detractors however – the traditionalists – who believe that rear engined Porsches were the only true Porsches fought hard and continued to buy 911’s in significant volumes. Porsches response was to develop the 928S launched in 1979. The fuel crisis had abated and the full size 4.6 Ltr V8 moved the 928S into 300 bhp territory and beyond 150mph. A number of versions ensued with the S2, the revised S2 in 1985 – no S3 though, the S4 and the 330bhp 928GT. Finallly in 1992 Porsche launched their last 928 – the 928GTS a 350 bhp 170 mph super-car.
Production finally finished in 1995. The 928 had lost its way somewhat and never did what was originally intended – replace the 911. Historians write that it never “captured the spirit” of the 911 which went on to regain its lost ground and, along with other brands, was just too attractive to ensure the continuation of the 928. The GTS always struggled to sell well with 911 traditionalists and other competing cars from BMW and Mercedes dominating market share.
Porsche 928 Model Guides
The Porsche 928 had to be more refined, comfortable, and luxurious than any prior Porsche so as to compete with Mercedes and BMW. The clean-sheet design gave us a wonderful car with a V8 up front. Over the years, the Porsche 928 saw several updates and improvements. Below, follow along the journey with our in-depth (ultimate) model guides on every production-model 928.
Porsche 928 Specials & Motorsport Model Guides
Like any Porsche, there were also a number of special Porsche 928 models over the years. These included both factory specials and concepts as well as some tasty third-party 928 creations. Below we take you through the in-depth guides on every one we could find.
The V8 powered Porsche 928 was a fast car and the below numbers show you just how quick. The original 928 was not the quickest Porsche at the time and was also faster than the rivaling Mercedes SLC and Jaguar XJS. It also bridged the gap between GT and sports car better than others, thanks to the outstanding roadholding and poise. The smooth revving V8 and its good spread of torque were also popular points of praising by contemporary road testers. Performance improved over the years thanks mainly to larger and more advanced engines being added. Below, we have broken out performance by year, engine and transmission combination as well as by region. To see the full performance stats, simply click on any row and it will open all the information and data.
|Variant Full||Variant||Model Years||Transmission||Region||Engine||Power (hp SAE)||Torque (ft/lbs SAE)||Compression Ratio||Fuel Injection System||Top Speed (mph)||0-62 mph (sec)||1/4 mile (sec)||Weight (lbs)|
|Porsche 928 (1977 - 1979)||928||1977-1979||3-Spd Auto||US||4.5L V8 16v (M28/04)||219||245||8.5:1||K-Jetronic||140||8.50||16.00||3,373|
|Porsche 928 (1977 - 1979)||928||1977-1979||5-Spd Manual||US||4.5L V8 16v (M28/03)||219||245||8.5:1||K-Jetronic||143||7.50||15.50||3,285|
|Porsche 928 (1977 - 1979)||928||1977-1979||3-Spd Auto||EUR||4.5L V8 16v (M28/02)||229||250||8.5:1||K-Jetronic||140||8.00||16.00||3,197|
|Porsche 928 (1977 - 1979)||928||1977-1979||5-Spd Manual||EUR||4.5L V8 16v (M28/01)||229||250||8.5:1||K-Jetronic||143||6.80||15.50||3,197|
|Porsche 928 (1980)||928||1980||3-Spd Auto||US||4.5L V8 16v (M28/14)||220||265||9.0:1||L-Jetronic||140||8.50||16.00||3,385|
|Porsche 928 (1980)||928||1980||5-Spd Manual||US||4.5L V8 16v (M28/13)||220||265||9.0:1||L-Jetronic||143||7.50||15.50||3,351|
|Porsche 928 (1981 - 1982)||928||1981-1982||3-Spd Auto||US||4.5L V8 16v (M28/16)||220||265||9.0:1||L-Jetronic||140||8.50||16.00||3,385|
|Porsche 928 (1981 - 1982)||928||1981-1982||5-Spd Manual||US||4.5L V8 16v (M28/15)||220||265||9.0:1||L-Jetronic||143||7.50||15.50||3,351|
|Porsche 928 (1981 - 1982)||928||1981-1982||3-Spd Auto||EUR||4.5L V8 16v (M28/10)||229||271||10.0:1||K-Jetronic||140||7.70||16.00||3,197|
|Porsche 928 (1981 - 1982)||928||1981-1982||5-Spd Manual||EUR||4.5L V8 16v (M28/09)||229||271||10.0:1||K-Jetronic||143||7.20||15.50||3,197|
|Porsche 928 S (1980 - 1983)||928 S||1980-1983||3-Spd Auto||EUR||4.7L V8 16v (M28/12)||300||263||10.0:1||K-Jetronic||152||7.20||15.50||3,197|
|Porsche 928 S (1980 - 1983)||928 S||1980 - 1983||5-Spd Manual||EUR||4.7L V8 16v (M28/11)||300||263||10.0:1||K-Jetronic||155||6.60||15.20||3,197|
|Porsche 928 S (1983 - 1984)||928 S||1983 - 1984||4-Spd Auto||US||4.7L V8 16v (M28/20)||234||263||9.3:1||L-Jetronic||143||7.20||15.50||3,385|
|Porsche 928 S (1983 - 1984)||928 S||1983 - 1984||5-Spd Manual||US||4.7L V8 16v (M28/19)||234||263||9.3:1||L-Jetronic||146||6.80||15.20||3,351|
|Porsche 928 S (1984 - 1986)||928 S||1984 - 1986||4-Spd Auto||EUR||4.7L V8 16v (M28/22)||310||295||10.4:1||LH-Jetronic||150||6.70||15.50||3,308|
|Porsche 928 S (1984 - 1986)||928 S||1984 - 1986||5-Spd Manual||EUR||4.7L V8 16v (M28/21)||310||295||10.4:1||LH-Jetronic||155||6.20||15.20||3,308|
|Porsche 928 S (1985 - 1986)||928 S||1985 - 1986||4-Spd Auto||US||5.0L V8 32v (M28/44)||288||302||10.10:1||LH-Jetronic||152||6.80||14.90||3,439|
|Porsche 928 S (1985 - 1986)||928 S||1985 - 1986||5-Spd Manual||US||5.0L V8 32v (M28/43)||288||302||10.10:1||LH-Jetronic||155||6.30||14.20||3,351|
|Porsche 928 S4 (1987 - 1988)||928 S4||1987 - 1988||4-Spd Auto||US||5.0L V8 32v (M28/42)||316||317||10.0:1||LH-Jetronic||162||6.60||14.70||3,550|
|Porsche 928 S4 (1987 - 1988)||928 S4||1987 - 1988||5-Spd Manual||US||5.0L V8 32v (M28/41)||316||317||10.0:1||LH-Jetronic||165||6.00||14.50||3,505|
|Porsche 928 S4 (1987 - 1988)||928 S4||1987 - 1988||4-Spd Auto||EUR||5.0L V8 32v (M28/42)||316||317||10.0:1||LH-Jetronic||165||6.30||14.50||3,484|
|Porsche 928 S4 (1987 - 1988)||928 S4||1987 - 1988||5-Spd Manual||EUR||5.0L V8 32v (M28/41)||316||317||10.0:1||LH-Jetronic||168||5.90||14.20||3,484|
|Porsche 928 S4 (1989)||928 S4||1989||5-Spd Manual||5.0L V8 32v (M28/41)||316||317||10.0:1||LH-Jetronic||168||5.90||14.20||3,505|
|Porsche 928 S4 (1989 - 1991)||928 S4||1989 - 1991||4-Spd Auto||5.0L V8 32v (M28/42)||316||317||10.0:1||LH-Jetronic||165||6.30||14.50||3,550|
|Porsche 928 GT (1989 - 1991)||928 GT||1989 - 1991||5-Spd Manual||5.0L V8 32v (M28/47)||326||317||10.0:1||LH-Jetronic||171||5.80||14.10||3,505|
|Porsche 928 GTS (1992 - 1995)||928 GTS||1992 - 1995||5-Spd Manual||5.4L V8 32v (M28/49)||345||369||10.4:1||LH-Jetronic||171||5.70||13.70||3,593|
|Porsche 928 GTS (1992 - 1995)||928 GTS||1992 - 1995||4-Spd Auto||5.4L V8 32v (M28/50)||345||369||10.4:1||LH-Jetronic||171||5.90||14.10||3,593|
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The story began in 1971. Porsche started planning a replacement for the 911 when everybody thought its days were numbered. There was trend to increasingly stringent emission, safety, and noise standards in the United States and Europe. This led to the idea that the air-cooled/rear-engine concept might not be able to keep pace -- that it could, in effect, be legislated out of existence. All this came together in project goals for a new model that, in the beginning at least, was seen as a 911 replacement.
This new model had to have the quality and performance of previous Porsches and be capable of meeting any and all government regulations that might be conceived in the foreseeable future. The latter meant that a water-cooled engine in front was needed. The new car would also have to be more refined, comfortable, and luxurious than any prior Porsche so as to compete with Mercedes and BMW. And it would have to play well in America, where more than half of all Porsches were sold.
This would be Porsche's first "clean-sheet" road car.
Adding significance to these requirements, this would be Porsche's first "clean-sheet" road car. Porsche decided on a front-engined, V8 power and a more spacious interior that included two real child seats. A 3-speed automatic transmission would be offered beside the standard manual to suit the American market. To obtain the targeted 300 hp output, engineers designed a brand-new 5-liter SOHC V8. Since the engine was quite heavy, they also developed a rear-mounted transaxle gearbox so that even balance between front and rear could be achieved. By 1973, essential development was finished and a prototype was built and under testing. Then the energy crisis hit and sales of large and thirsty cars plummeted which led to the project being put on ice until 1977.
When the 928 was finally unveiled at Geneva motor show that year, its engine was already downsized to 4.5 liters and the resultant output dropped to 240 hp. Despite of running only a single camshaft each bank, the 90-degree V8 was quite advanced in construction. It employed a high-silicon aluminum block, with Nikasil cylinder treatment to reduce friction and save the need of cast-iron liners. Combustion chambers were made oversquare with 95 mm bore and 78.9 mm stroke to ensure smooth revving.
Compression was initially 8.5:1, and Bosch’s reliable K-Jetronic injection fed fuel from a 22.7-gallon plastic tank at the extreme rear. With all this, rated output was 240 DIN horsepower European at 5,500 rpm and 257 pounds/feet of torque peaking at 3,600 rpm. U.S. models arrived with 219 horsepower (SAE net) at 5,250 rpm and 245 pounds/feet of torque (also at 3600) due to a more restricted exhaust system with catalytic converter for emission control (making this a 50-state car from the first) and minor retiming for operation on lead-free fuel.
Apart from the new V8, that car also featured a new invention – Weissach axle, which was a new kind of rear suspension that allowed a certain degree of passive rear-wheel steering. Conventional semi-trailing arm rear suspensions introduced toe-out under braking forces, thus resulted in oversteer. Weissach axle compensated the toe-out thus resulted in a much more neutral and predictable manner. This made the 928 far more secured to drive to the limit than the 911. The double-wishbone front suspensions and new Pirelli P7 low-profile tires also helped it to achieve a roadholding never experienced in any large GTs before.
A front-engine/rear-transaxle layout made as much sense for the posh and potent 928 as it did for the lighter, less powerful 924. And it worked just as well: Front/rear weight distribution ended up a near-perfect 51/49 percent. The standard gearbox was a new Porsche-designed five-speed manual mounted ahead of the differential (not behind, as in the 924), and departing from past practice with a direct topgear ratio (1:1). Alas, it also had a racing-style shift gate like early 911s, with first to the left and down. There was also a three-speed automatic option (to keep the Americans happy). Both transmissions pulled a long-striding 2.75:1 final drive. Power went through a special Fitchel & Sachs twin-disc clutch of fairly small diameter (200 mm/7inches). This was chosen to match the rotary inertia of a thin, rigid driveshaft carried in a torque tube. A helper-spring release kept clutch effort at a manageable 33 pounds. Nowhere was that thoroughness more evident than in the suspension. Geometry looked ordinary but wasn’t. Up front were unequal-length lateral A-arms, with the lower one mounting a concentric shock absorber and coil spring that passed
Although the 928 was by no means lightweight, it employed aluminum bonnet, front fenders and door shells to save weight and by the way improved its weight distribution to a remarkable 51:49. While the body shell looked smooth, its drag coefficient was not quite special at 0.41.
The 928 was designed to have as many Porsche styling points as possible and to be clearly different from other sports cars,” said a 1978 dealer training booklet.
Design chief Tony Lapine deliberately planned the styling to be futuristic and a little shocking, in line with his notion that if a car looks good right away, it soon starts looking old hat. Never before the world had seen something similar. Its big body shell had the classic sloping back of Porsches but it looked completely modern. It was so round, so smooth, so clean and so refined that today everybody regards it as a timeless design. Bumpers were fully integrated as if part of the body. It did not need to show off muscles or wings to speak of performance. In fact, you can feel its deep reserves of power, solidity and quality from the shape of its sheet metal, incredibly. It was also a rare example of the time that looked truly 3-dimenional, thanks to the symmetric doors, curvy rear quarter windows and the tapered profile of its cross section.
The 928 styling with a fastback was an intentional continuation of Porsche tradition in that it is aerodynamically superior, because of the comparative short front end and a gently tapered and rounded tail, guaranteeing low air turbulence. As well as improving directional stability, the large-surface tail end also meant a large passenger compartment and an outstanding amount of headroom for rear seat passengers in a sports car.
The round headlamps were another classic features of the car – in appearance they looked like ordinary exposed headlamps, but in fact they popped up to operate, like those on Lamborghini Miura. This gave the 928 a certain degree of family resemblance to 911 without looking old-fashioned. The basic Porsche 928 shape unveiled in 1977 stayed with the car through 1995. What people saw was a sleek if rather heavy-looking 2 + 2 hatchback coupe unlike anything else on the road -- a sort of German Corvette.
The Porsche 928 cockpit was the most sumptuous yet seen from Porsche, and by the standards of the 1970s, the interior was very stylish.
Its sweeping center console and glovebox area merged smoothly into the cabin to give a modern and airy feel. The instrument pod stood above the dashboard level in a minimalist manner. The early cloth seats were not attractive, but they were soon replaced with good-looking leather buckets – at least most buyers opted.
There was a tilt-adjustable steering wheel that moved the entire instrument cluster with it, thus ensuring good gauge visibility at all times, and air-conditioning that cooled not only the interior but the glove compartment. The rear seats were individual buckets and were good for children, or short adults for short trips. As on previous Porsches, the backrests could be flopped down for extra cargo space. Loading practicality was well taken care by the large tailgate. Between the rear seats was another glove locker, and each door had map pockets concealed beneath armrests that could be pulled in four inches for closer support.
Instrumentation was Porsche-complete, with a large, central speedometer and tachometer flanked by oil pressure/voltmeter and fuel/coolant temperature gauges. A vertical extension of the tunnel console swept up gracefully into the main panel, with a small clock at its base, surmounted by radio, climate controls, and, topmost, a large air vent. Additional vents were located in the upper front portions of the armrests, which also flowed into the dash. R&T complained about the air vents’ meager output but said “the heater, like the 911’s, will practically fry eggs and burn toast.” Left of the center vent was a bevy of warning lights for a central monitoring system. This kept track of all the usual items plus fluid levels, exterior bulb failures, and brake-pad wear. A malfunction illuminated the appropriate lamp, which spelled it out in words (like “wash fluid”), plus a large red master light simply labeled “!”.
Standards features also included a vacuum-operated central locking system, power windows, headlamp washers (activated with the windshield washer when the lights were up and lit), cruise control, a rear-window wiper and wire-element electric defroster, electric remote-adjustable and heated door mirrors, and a four-speaker stereo radio/cassette. The leather trim expanded over the year and eventually included door panels and headliner as the years went by. Buyers could add an extra-cost electric sliding sunroof, limited-slip differential, and factory-fitted burglar alarm.
The 928 was a true (high-end) grand tourer.
Rear suspension on the Porsche 928 was novel. Porsche proudly called it the “Weissach (VEE-sock) Axle,” after the site of the company’s new Development Center not far from Stuttgart. Britain’s Autocar noted that each lower arm “takes braking and acceleration torque loads as well as helping the ball-jointed single top link locate the wheel laterally. The bottom [arm] has its inboard pivot axis inclined outwards at the front, like a semi-trailing arm, to provide a measure of anti-squat. And at the front body pivot, it has a sort of double joint [actually an articulated mount]. The give of this in a corner under braking and decelerating forces [that ordinarily result in] an oversteerinducing toe-out [instead] makes the outside rear wheel toe-in slightly [and] thus counters the usual accidental oversteering self-steer in the case where the driver who has entered a corner too fast lifts off, or, worse, brakes.”
Like so many Porsche innovations, the Weissach Axle was an elegant solution to a thorny problem, and it marked a first for toe-compensating rear suspension in a production car. ZF supplied the 928’s rack-and-pinion steering, which came standard with power-assist. The 928 rolled in on low-profile, high-performance 225/50VR16 Pirelli P7s mounted on special “telephone dial” cast-alloy wheels. These state-of-the-art tires worked with the hightech suspension to give the 928 uncanny cornering stick. The 928 suspension was so remarkably compliant, absorbing most every kind of irregularity, that critics could hardly believe the race-car-like cling in hard driving.
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The Porsche 928 was first introduced at the 1977 Geneva motor show and was an immediate success in terms of excitement amongst fans and buyers. 1978 Porsche 928 was a four seater with 2+2 seats. The seats were small and with very little leg room. This was the first ever vehicle in which the instrument cluster moved along with the adjustable steering wheel so that the driver has maximum visibility. 1978 928 Porsche was equipped with a 4.5 L V8, with a capacity of 219 hp and Torque of 268 ft-lb. The German V8 unit was cast from aluminum, but the 928th first series were clearly slower than 911. Although the 928 was by no means lightweight, it employed aluminum bonnet, front fenders and door shells to save weight and by the way improved its weight distribution to a remarkable 51:49. While the body shell looked smooth, its drag coefficient was not quite special at 0.41. Acceleration 0-60 mph was about 7 seconds. The Porsche 928 won the 1978 “Best European Car” and soon afterwards winning Car of the Year awards all over the world.
For 1979, the 928 began the inevitable Porsche process of logical, progressive evolution to higher levels of comfort, performance, and refinement. The monitor warning lights moved to the instrument cluster on all models, but the big news was a more potent new 928S for Europe. A 2-mm bore stretch (to 97 mm) brought the V-8 to 4,664cc (284.6 cid); with dual exhausts and an interim compression boost to 10:1. Horsepower was now 300 hp and torque 283 ft lbs. Acceleration and top speed times both improved. It also got new wheels and tires. Note, Europe got the 928 S in 1979 while North America had to wait till 1983.
In late 1983, the S2 version appeared. Thanks to the Bosch LH-Jetronic fuel injection system and purely electronic Bosch ignition the modification had 234 hp and top speed of 235 km/h. The engine was paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission (replacing the 3-speed transmission). It was also the first time that Bosch ABS brakes were optional in a Porsche. Officially the car was still called "928S". The name S2 was marketed only in the UK, though this could not be told from the badge. Porsche did not use the S3 label, but there was a heavily revised S2 launched in 1985 exclusively for the US market. Its engine displaced a full 5 liters and got advanced 4-valves heads so to maintain power while meeting Federal emission regulations.
In 1987 Porsche 928 S4 appeared and finally, the model received the engine volume with which this car was supposed to be produced initially – a 5-liter V8. Further uprated from the US-spec S2, the Series 4 was introduced in late 1986 and it got the biggest ever facelift, with smoother nose and tail bumpers and a larger black rear wing to cut drag coefficient to 0.34. The 5-liter 32-valve V8 employed larger valves, faster cam profile and a 2-stage variable length induction manifold with resonance effect. Power and torque rose to 320 hp and 317 lbft, respectively. As a result, top speed was lifted to 167 mph. Acceleration from 0 - 60 mph was. a swift 5.7 seconds. To deal with the increased performance, the rear tires were widened. Other updates included an updated LH-Jetronic injection and ignition, modified front brake calipers, redesigned front and rear bumpers and rear wing spoiler.
The interior got more luxurious. Leather seats became fully power adjustable, while driver seat and door mirrors got memory function. The S4 was a successful update. Sales climbed back to the level of the original 928 despite of inflated price. As the majority of customers chose the automatic transmission (keener drivers would probably choose 911 or 944 Turbo), Porsche simply made the 928 S4 name representing the auto version, while 928 S4 SE was reserved for manual version. Later on, a lighter, tauter-tuned, 330 hp manual version called 928 GT was introduced as the hottest S4.
Next up was the Porsche 928 GT which was even more powerful, with smoother front and rear bumpers which gave the car a modern styling in line with the times. Porsche 928 GT with two doors and four seat had a sporty appearance and thanks to various modifications, its power unit generated up to 330 hp which accelerated 0-100 in 5.8 seconds and a maximum top speed of 275 km/h. The power is transmitted to the road by the rear wheel drive (RWD) with a 5 speed manual transmission. Exterior features pop-up head lights, front and rear aprons made of deformable plastic, rounded front apron with air intakes for brake cooling, Side skirts in exterior color, rear wing made of black polyurethane, twin tailpipe and optional side protection strips in exterior color. The model was sold as new from 1989 to 1991.
Porsche 928 GTS was manufactured from 1992 to 1995. With a 5.4-liter V8 engine, the GTS had 350 hp, acceleration 0-100 in 5.7 seconds and maximum speed of 275 km/h. It was equipped with rear wheel drive and a 5 speed manual transmission. When Porsche launched the 928 GTS in 1992, it knew it would be the last evolution of 928 so these improvements were Porsche doing everything it could to send the 928 out with a bang. Porsche really did a lot to enhance performance and refinement, hoping its luxury flagship would leave a fond memory to car lovers.
The engine was stroked to 5397 c.c., with 8 balance weights instead of 6 to enhance smoothness. No less than 350 silky horsepower and 362 lbft of torque were available. This enabled a top speed of more than 170 mph. The GTS engine was smoother and more flexible than its predecessor. Its cabin got extra sound-proofing. These made it quieter, smoother and easier to drive. Changes to the chassis included wider rubbers, wider rear track and larger brakes. Externally, it got flared rear wings, a red light panel at the rear, a rear wing painted in exterior color, exterior mirrors in the Cup design plus 17″ Cup rims as standard.
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