Porsche 928

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Porsche 928

1978 - 1995
5397 cc
345 bhp
5 spd. man / 4 spd. auto
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The 928 has had a great production run, from 1978-1995. Even though the 1995 928 GTS didn't sell very well, and was dropped from the Porsche line, the 928 is a proven winner.

For 17 years, this Porsche headed the model line-up in luxury and power. The 928 was a tourer; only offered as a 2-door coupe with a big V8 engine.

The concept of the 928 originated in 1971. The model was first shown at the Geneva Auto Show in March of 1977. By this time, the 928 was ready and running.

Production began in September of that year for the 1978 models. As it first came out, the 928 offered a 4.5 liter 90 degree V8 as its only powerplant.

You were given a choice of a 5-speed manual transmission, or a 3-speed auto. Power output was at 219 horsepower. The 928 had its engine in the front, and the transmission at the rear.

Even though this concept was already shown on the 924, the 928 was actually designed BEFORE the 924, therefore, the 928 is really the first "front engine" Porsche. The car was an extreme standout compared to other cars of the time.

Technical innovations included an incredibly long timing belt to drive the cams and all accessories, and pistons running directly in the "Alusil" block.

The cylinder bores were etched to expose hard, wear resistant silicon particles. The 928 had nearly perfect weight distribution, thanks to a sophisticated multilink rear suspension known as the "Weissach" layout.

This employed a form of passive rear wheel steering, giving the rear suspension toe-in on braking or deceleration to combat trailing throttle oversteer, the first rear-steering system ever offered to the public.

Porsche didn't use aluminum very sparingly on the 928; the doors, hood, and other large castings were composed of it.

Inside, you were treated to the most modern interior design of any car on the road, with an adjustable instrument pod, electronic comfort and convenience features, and the highest grade materials. It was also one of the quietest cars on the road, and it could still match the 911 in performance.

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Also see:

Porsche Heritage
Ferdinand Porsche
The House Of Porsche
The House Of Porsche - Pictorial Edition
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