1988 Porsche 928

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The Porsche 928 is a luxury grand tourer produced by Porsche AG of Germany from 1978 to 1995. Originally intended to replace the company’s iconic 911, the 928 combined the power, poise, and handling of a sports car with the refinement, comfort, and equipment of a luxury saloon. Porsche executives believed such a flagship would have wider appeal than the compact, quirky and sometimes difficult 911.

The 928 has the distinction of being the company’s first production V8 powered model and the only coupé powered by a front-mounted V8 engine.

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Engine
Layout / number of cylinders 8
Displacement 5.3L
Engine Layout Front-engine
Horespower 315 hp
@ rpm 6,200 rpm
Torque 266 lb.-ft.
Compression ratio 10.5 : 1
Performance
Top Track Speed 143 mph
0 - 60 mph 6.8 s
Transmission
Manual Gearbox 5-speed with rear Transaxle
Fuel consumption
City (estimate) 12
Highway (estimate) 22
Body
Length 172.2 in.
Width 70.9 in.
Height 50.4 in.
Wheelbase 97.4 in.
Maximum payload 739 lbs
Curb weight 3810 lbs
Capacities
Luggage compartment volume 5.3 cu. ft. (front) / 4.6 cu. ft. (rear)
Fuel Tank Capacity 16.9 gal.

The 928 featured a large, front-mounted and water-cooled V8 engine driving the rear wheels. Originally displacing 4.5 L and featuring a single overhead camshaft design, it produced 163 kW; 222 PS (219 hp) for the North American market and 177 kW; 240 PS (237 hp) in other markets. Porsche upgraded the engine from mechanical to electronic fuel injection in 1980 for US models, although power remained the same. This design marked a major change in direction for Porsche (started with the introduction of the Porsche 924 in 1976), whose cars had until then used only rear- or mid-mounted air-cooled flat engines with four or six cylinders.

Porsche utilized a transaxle in the 928 to help achieve 50/50 front/rear weight distribution, aiding the car's balance. Although it weighed more than the difficult-to-handle 911, its more neutral weight balance and higher power output gave it similar performance on the track. The 928 was regarded as the more relaxing car to drive at the time. It came with either a five-speed dog leg manual transmission, or a Mercedes-Benz-derived automatic transmission, originally with three speeds, with four-speed from 1983 in North America and 1984 in other markets. More than 80% had the automatic transmission. Exact percentage of manual gearbox cars for entire production run is not known but it is believed to be between 15 and 20%.

The body, styled by Wolfgang Möbius under guidance of Anatole Lapine, was mainly galvanized steel, but the doors, front fenders, and hood were aluminum in order to make the car more lightweight. It had a substantial luggage area accessed via a large hatchback. The new polyurethane elastic bumpers were integrated into the nose and tail and covered in body-coloured plastic; an unusual feature for the time that aided the car visually and reduced its drag. Porsche opted not to offer a convertiblevariant but several aftermarket modifiers offered convertible conversions.[citation needed]

The 928 qualified as a 2+2, having two small seats in the rear. Both rear seats could be folded down to enlarge the luggage area, and both the front and rear seats had sun visors for occupants. The rear seats are small (due to the prominent transmission hump) and have very little leg room; they are only suitable for adults on very short trips or children. The 928 was also the first vehicle in which the instrument cluster moved along with the adjustable steering wheel in order to maintain maximum instrument visibility.

The 928 included several other features such as the "Weissach Axle", a simple rear-wheel steering system that provides passive rear-wheel steering to increase stability while braking during a turn, and an unsleeved, silicon alloy engine block made of aluminum, which reduced weight and provided a highly durable cylinder bore.

Porsche's design and development efforts paid off during the 1978 European Car of the Year,[1] where the 928 won ahead of the BMW 7 Series, and the Ford Granada. The 928 is the only sports car so far to have won this competition, where the usual winners are mainstream hatchbacks and sedans/saloons from major European manufacturers. This is regarded as proof of how advanced the 928 was, compared to its contemporaries.

Car Information:

Year: 1988
Make: Porsche
Model: 928
Body Style: Coupe
Mileage: N/A
Transmission: 5 Spd Manual Transaxle
Condition: Garaged
Drivetrain: RWD
Engine: LM7 V8 305hp
Exterior Color: Targa Red
Interior Color: Black

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