Intended as a replacement for the 911, the 1977 928 seemed to offer more space, grace and pace. Indeed it did offer the first two, but not in the latter with just 240bhp (179kW) at launch in a much heavier car than the 911. A jump to 300bhp (224kW) in 1979 cured the situation somewhat, but by then it was obvious the 928 wasn't so much a replacement as an extra model in Porsche's line-up. To balance the car, the transmission was put at the rear, while up front an all-new 90-degree V8 started off with single-overhead cams, eventually progressing to a dual-overhead set-up with 32v and 305ci (4,998cc) displacement, in the 1986 S4. Suspension was double wishbones at the front and semi-trailing arms at the rear with diagonal links. The body blended flexible polyurethane fenders into the bodywork, giving the car a smooth look and excellent drag coefficient of 0.39 in 1977.
Porsche 928 Specifications
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