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In 1977, Porsche introduced the 928 at the Geneva Auto Show as a potential replacement for the 911. Design and development of the vehicle began in 1971. The 928 was designed as a luxurious car and a grand tourer, but with its excellent weight distribution and V8 engine, it was a performance machine. In 1978 it was awarded the prestigious European Car of the Year.

Ernst Fuhrman, Porsche's Managing Director during the design and production of the 928, had seen the 911 sales decline and thought the future of the company was with a luxurious touring sports car. In 1981, Peter Schutz assumed the duties of Managing Directory and allowed the 911 and 928 to continue in production. The reasoning was allowing the consumers to choose a favorite. The 928 was a popular vehicle but never ascertained the popularity that the 911 had achieved.

When the headlights were down and concealed in its large hood, it resembled a shark. Thus, it was given the nickname 'Shark' and 'Land Shark'.

The Anatole Lapine designed vehicle was steel with aluminum hood, doors, and front wings. A convertible was never offered, but there were aftermarket companies that could convert the vehicle. With two small seats in the rear, the 928 was a 2+2. The trunk offered ample room for luggage. With the rear seats folded down, even more cargo capacity was available. A water-cooled, 4.5 liter V8 engine was placed in the front and drove the rear transaxle. The American version produced 219 horsepower while the other markets had 234 horsepower. In 1980, the engine was upgraded from mechanical to electronic fuel injection. It was available with a 5-speed manual or a four-speed automatic derived from Mercedes-Benz.

In 1980 Porsche introduced a 928S. It became available to the US market in 1983. The 928S featured a modified 4.7-liter engine producing 300 horsepower, 310 hp in 1983. The American version, due to emission and government regulations, was rated at 234 horsepower. The S was outfitted with wider wheels that aided in cornering and greatly improved the overall handling and performance of the vehicle.

When the 928 S4 was introduced, it was the fastest 928 to date. With a 5-liter, 32-valve engine it produced 316 horsepower. It received exterior updates and an updated interior trim. The updates to the exterior improved the aerodynamics which ultimately lowered the body's coefficient of drag. This was achieved, in part, due to grill flaps that would open and close depending on speed and a foldable rear wing spoiler.

Bigger brakes using four-piston Brembo calipers, larger rotors and pads, and ABS provided excellent stopping power for the S4.

During its production run, beginning in 1987 and ending in 1990, over 15,000 examples of the 928 S4 were produced.

The 928 GT was given a 5-liter V8 engine producing 330 horsepower. A manual transmission was the only gearbox available. The rims were seven-spoke Club Sport and wider rear wheels were placed on the rear.

The safety was greatly improved with low-pressure tire warning system and driver and passenger-side airbags. Both were standard equipment. Wheel-spin was monitored by a computer and compensated when necessary.

The 928 GT was produced from 1989 through 1991.

The final version of the 928 was the GTS. It was given most of the improvements its predecessors had received, but all were greatly improved. It was introduced in 1992 as a 1993 model and was in production until 1995. The engine was enlarged to 5.4-liters and produced 345 horsepower. An automatic and transmission gearbox was available. Larger wheels and tires were used.

Safety was continued with an electronically controlled limited-slip and ABS. The brakes were enlarged and outfitted with Brembo 4-piston calipers.

The Porsche 928 had a great 18 year career, but it was the Porsche 911 that would truly stand the test of time. It was featured in multiple movies including Canonball Run. During those 18 years, there were various changes to the aesthetics and mechanics of the vehicle, most were hard to distinguish. Various rims, engines, nose and other areas were modified but through it all, it stayed true to its initial shark-like design.

1981 Porsche 928 "Euro" 4.5 Litre Auto Gunsmoke Metallic Flat - Black Interrior
1983 Porsche 928S "US" 4.7 Litre Auto Light Bronze (Copper) Metallic - Brown Interior

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