THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE..
My fantastic 1994 928 GTS:
In my opinion - The best Grand Touring car ever made...
"No car as fast is as luxurious - and no car as luxurious is as fast"
The previous 928 S4 model established the 928 as the fastest volume production car in the world. It's still one of the very fastest cars around with a top speed of over 170 MPH and the ability to cruise at over 150 MPH all day long, (if only there were somewhere in the US where you could legally or practically do this...).
The 928 model was launched in 1977 at the Geneva Auto Show and that very year it was named "European Car of the Year" the first and only ever time this honor has been awarded to a sports car. Fast forward 15 years to the launch of the last last and greatest 928 model built - the 928 GTS.
The GTS has an all aluminum 5.4L V8 fuel injected engine, producing 345 HP and 395 Lb/Ft of Torque. Most 928's were manufactured as automatics with a very strong Mercedes 3 and later 4 ratio transmission. However my car has the rather rarer Getrag manual transmission. It has 4 wheel ABS, dual airbags, massive 4 piston ~13" rotor Brembo brakes, electronic traction control, fully independent dual A-arm aluminum front suspension, and unique aluminum passive steering control 'Weissach' rear axle. These features were anything but common in 1994, and some of them even dated back to 1977.
It also has creature comforts galore; with dual automatic air conditioning, leather 12 way adjustable leather memory seats with heating and much more...
In short its barely bested today for comfort, equipment & performance by the very latest modern high end sports cars well over a decade after the GTS model was introduced by Porsche. Meanwhile my car is has been mistaken for a new model from Porsche - almost 30 years after the basic body style was introduced - clearly a car ahead of the curve.. and quite timeless in its basic design.
I challenge you to find another car from 1977 that still looks close to contemporary today...
When the 928 was launched as the flagship model in the Porsche lineup it was not very well received by Porsche purists who thought all Porsches should be small, rear engined and air/oil cooled. Although successful enough at attracting new luxury car buyers to the Porsche brand - an initial lack of interest in used models from enthusiasts meant many cars were sold cheaply and yet the high costs of maintenance (it's still a super-car!) meant that sadly many 928's were not well looked after by subsequent owners and are often beyond financially practical recovery today.
Now that all new Porsche models are water cooled
Porsche purists lament the move into SUV's instead - and the 928 has taken its
rightful place amongst the storied Porsche family lineup. Even die hard 911 fans
now concede it was always a great car - not a replacement for a 911 - it was
really always going to be complementary - focused on a different market segment
of performance and comfort - as a superb long distance GT cruiser - which the
911 never was, or could be...
As Scott Farragher says in his book 'Porsche - The Ultimate Guide' - (everything you need to know about every Porsche ever built)
"The 5.4-liter GTS with 350 horsepower, is probably the best production Porsche ever made, and possibly even now the best GT coupe ever produced"
The 928 was produced continuously as the Porsche brand's flagship model for 18 years (1977-1995) with only one major external revision (and even then minimal sheet metal was changed!) for a total of over 60,000 vehicles sold. This being Porsche - they did make a lot of changes to the engine!
Cutaway comparison of the first 1977 928 (left) & the latest 1995 model car (right) - Not much changed externally or in the cabin!
I purchased my car in April 2000 in Evansville, Indiana after hunting for the right car for well over 3 years. For a Porsche 928 GTS you have to be ready to travel to where the cars are since there were only about 410 GTS cars ever imported into the USA (and only 140 in 1994 model year).
I spent several years getting the car into top mechanical shape - catching up on some lapsed or poor maintenance.
I've subsequently made numerous but mostly subtle changes or enhancements to the car and I have documented these updates on my Porsche 928 Projects pages... These modification fall into the categories of Driving, Safety, Convenience, Maintenance, Entertainment & Cosmetic....
My car was voted the "Peoples Choice Best Of Show" at Sharktoberfest 2005 an annual gathering of Porsche 928 owners in the Anaheim/Los Angeles area
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