Porsche intended for the 928 to replace the 911 when they came out with it in 1978. Fans of the iconic 911 simply weren’t ready to let it go and the 928 became a new model, but not a replacement. The German maker of performance sports cars thought that a new car with more refinement and comfort was needed in place of the more finicky 911. The 928 was a two-door coupe sports car, but one that included the same kind of equipment as a luxury sedan, along with superior handling, more space, and plenty of power. It may not have taken the 911 out of the lineup, but the 928, which was produced through 1995, did become a top seller and a legend in its own right.
Porsche put the engine in the front of the 928, something it had only done in five other vehicles up to that point. They also used a big V8 engine in the 928, which made the model the only Porsche coupe with a front-mounted V8 and the first V8-powered car that they mass produced.
The design of the first 928 made it look like nothing else on the European roads at the time. It sported two doors with a hatchback in the rear and the overall look bore a slight resemblance to a Corvette. The hatchback as well as the cramped rear seating gave the 928 more passenger and cargo room than other models. The car included a transaxle, a body made of both steel and aluminum to manage weight and a choice of a manual or automatic transmission.
Porsche evidently made the right moves in the design and creation of the 928 because its reception was overwhelmingly positive. First debuted at the Geneva Auto Salon of 1977, critics loved it and the journalists who got to drive it sang its praises. The 928 even won the European Car of the Year award in 1978.
Porsche made a few special versions of the 928 over its 17-year production run. These included several units with longer wheelbases, an all-aluminum version for the 24 hours of Daytona, and the GTR. Today, the early model 928sare considered to be very collectible. The models from the mid-1980s are also sought after by serious enthusiasts. Rumors of a 928 revival from Porsche have been flying for years, but with no official announcement from the company.