While it began as an experiment, the Porsche 928 ultimately turned out to be one of the company’s best-loved cars, enjoying an extended production run. Design and prototyping on the 928 started in the early 1970s, initially sparked by the simple thought of building a Porsche that would combine the raw power of the company’s pure sports cars with the extended range and creature comforts of a touring car.
By the time the production model was introduced in 1978, it had moved somewhat away from that ideal. Rather than a touring car, Porsche ended up with a 2+2 GT with speed that rivaled the contemporary Porsche 911. Thanks to its design and layout—it was one of a small number of Porsche cars that had the engine up front instead of in the rear—many drivers also preferred the handling of the 928 over that of the 911. Part of this had to do with aerodynamics, but it was also largely a result of the car’s better weight distribution.
Porsche traditionalists, used to air-cooled flat engines, initially balked at the water-cooled 4.5-liter, 219-horsepower V6 engine, but it turned out they need not have worried. The 928 featured enough innovations, and delivered good-enough performance, to be named the 1978 European Car of the Year, and over its long production run it would work its way into Porsche fans’ good graces as well.
While the Porsche 928 has been gone for more than 20 years, its spirit lives on in the 2015 Porsche Panamera, which ended up being much closer to the kind of car that Ferdinand Porsche first envisioned nearly half a century ago. At Porsche of Nashua, we’re proud to feature the Panamera alongside the Porsche Cayenne and the 2016 Porsche Macan. We invite you to see the best of what Porsche has to offer or to bring your classic Porsche in for expert service.