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Friday, November 12, 2010

Porsche 928 (1977-1995)

Work on the project began in 1971. According to the assumptions, the company wanted to enter a range of three cars, including models with four-cylinder engine (developed alongside the Porsche 924 of 928), six-(successor to the 911, you can guess that would be called 926) and eight-cylinder, which is the 928th model But the unrelenting success of the 911 resulted in the then abandoned with a new model of "the six".

When designing the 928 was not without problems. After inserting the first prototype engine on the dyno, after half an hour cracked engine block. However, the later stage of the work proceeded less problem. The design at that time was very modern. The engine was placed at the front and gearbox to the rear axle for better weight distribution between the two axes (transaxle layout). In 1975, he stopped work on this car, including due to the fuel crisis, to approve the draft a year later. In 1977 he presented it at the Geneva Motor Show and went on sale. Superb design meant that the car he was elected in 1978. In 1980 saw the release of 928 S, equipped with the V8 4.7 l injection (300 hp). Throughout the period of production Porsche 928 over one significant change in the body in 1987. In 1986 saw the release of 928 S4, the engine having a head with four valves per cylinder, with a capacity of 5.0 l 315 hp power. In 1989 he presented 928 GT version of the engine power of 326 hp and 1992 GTS 928 with an engine power of 350 hp. In 1995, after eighteen years of production, due to weakening customer demand, the model 928 was withdrawn from production.

Contrary to some opinions of 928 was not planned as a successor to the 911, but as a base under his successor. Perhaps differed mainly by the drive unit, however, would be a separate model. In contrast to the spartan, nostalgic model, 911, 928 are large, well equipped with Gran Turismo in those times of modern shapes and a powerful V8 engine (with capacities from 4.5 to 5.4 l). Price was also a lot higher.