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Porsche 928. Unrecognized perfection

Porsche 928
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But now that it seems to be the umpteenth cold investment, it can suddenly become interesting. That is in fact an even grosser misunderstanding. Its power does not suddenly lie in an ill-considered amount of euros, dollars or other earthly mud: the Porsche 928 has always been brilliant as a car.


Successor

The über Porsche was perfectly intended; a top model without concessions. Contrary to popular belief, the Porsche 928 was initially designed as a model above the legendary 911. Only later this boss was painted on as its successor, because the expectation was that the 911 could no longer meet the increasingly strict environmental and safety requirements in the near future. The devoted technicians from Zuffenhausen, however, did not take that into account, funnily enough. But Germans don't like jokes. Or half work. And never say anything impossible is. They irrevocably prove the opposite to you.

Shadow

After all, they had done that with the 911. A super sportsman with far too much weight and power behind the rear axle was in itself not a brilliant concept, but Porsche perfected the debatable idea in a few decades. Even those increasingly feared environmental and safety requirements always managed to stay one step ahead of the serious car scientists. That's how they kept the 911 alive, but the almost perfect Porsche 928 in the shadow of this legend. The clientele unintentionally continued to become more perfect Elfer while the Porsche 928 already was. The fortunate enthusiasts were almost brainwashed with the idea that a Porsche should have the rear engine. This made the role of the Porsche 928 so unclear that this intended protagonist remained stuck in the wings for almost his entire career. With all its capacities and charisma, wirklich damage.

Car of the Year

After a development time of six years, 1977 introduced the 928 at the Geneva Salon. A year later, the bulky Porsche was even named Car of the Year, a unique and unrivaled performance for a thoroughbred sports car. Because that was it. Everything was right. The Porsche 4,5 made the Porsche 8 an almost perfect weight distribution thanks to the transaxle construction of the front and transmission engines and the rear differential, the lightweight 928 liter V911, the weight saving through the use of aluminum doors, bonnet and front fenders. to a brilliant big tourist. A better concept than the XNUMX, furthermore worked out to perfection. The entire feat was packed in a beautiful futuristic and very recognizable body. In fact, the übersporter was redefined by the Zuffenhausers, because even the dandyistic competition from Italy had little objection to this. And even in something as banal as drinking, the German was better.

Further developed

Because that was one of the few criticisms the Porsche 928 received. Except that the whole concept was not des Porsche's, of course. It was also quite correct: the V8 gulped up as much gas as its builders devoured beer at the Oktoberfest. There was still some room for improvement here and already after the first year the technicians were forced to moderate consumption, mainly by adjusting the compression ratio. It never became economical, of course, but nobody in the clientele wanted that either. Saving super petrol with your super sportsman, that's what you go for on the Rotary. Here too the quiet power of the Porsche 928 lay: the model was further developed throughout its career. There were almost always test specimens in circulation, which were continuously adapted and further developed. Technology advance did not come exclusively from Ingollstadt.

Special versions

Over the years, the Porsche 928 became increasingly powerful, luxurious and heavier. From 240 hp in the primal 928 the power increased via the S, S4, GT and GTS versions respectively to such an 350 hp in the latest version, which ran from the band in 1995. There were also various special versions during his career, such as a Rothmans edition and the rare Clubsport and Sport Equipment versions. Less rare, but still limited, versions were the Weissach and Competition Group editions. In 1981, Porsche celebrated its 50 anniversary with 140 customers who received a special 928 S 50 Jahre Porsche and became happy with it. That could not be otherwise. Much better was not yet conceived and built. But, as always, almost nobody knew that and in the end potential customers mainly sought shelter in the safe 911 herd.

Best

The normal versions of the Porsche 928 were available with manual or automatic transmissions, but the majority left the factory without a clutch pedal. The body also underwent a number of more or less striking changes and became more modern and streamlined. During his career, the technology and the interior were expanded with all kinds of novelties and even more luxury. A progressive tire pressure monitoring system was introduced, there were airbags for driver and passenger, an extensive on-board computer made its appearance halfway through its existence and ABS was standard at a very early stage in its career. The V8 remained, of course, but grew into a masculine 5,4 liter and sounded a lot less hysterical than a comparable Italian vanity spout. Undervalued Teutoon versus uncritically acclaimed tuttebol. Throughout his life, this, perhaps best, Porsche ever struggled with this dilemma and the mediated blinker brigade. Even indoors, he was bullied by his howling brother, who always demanded and received all the attention. Up to the present day. Eternal sin.

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