Was the 928 GTS the Ultimate Version of the Model?
Remembering the large capacity Porsche 928 GTS and the goodness that it came with.
The final 928, was also the greatest?
Porsche does not make a two-door, front-engined, vehicle anymore, but it once did. Although the 928 never did succeed in its purpose as a replacement for the 911, it did gift the world a series of truly great German V8-powered coupes. Of all the 928s, general consensus is that the last iterations were best. And of these, the 928 GTS in particular.
The final 928 was a true grand-touring-sportscar
In production from late 1991 until 1995, the GTS was a culmination of the 928's design. Originally launched in the late 1970s, by the early 1990s Porsche's engineers had effectively perfected the vehicle. The GTS was the most powerful and focused of all 928s and remains a landmark to what Porsche's great V8 grand touring car was capable of.
A legendary badge, watched over by a very important wing
Although the 928 revolutionized aerodynamics when it was first revealed in 1978, Porsche realized that additional downforce was required by the time its GTS project was started. The solution was the 928 GTS' large wing, which kept the rear axle planted at speed, greatly improving the car's high-speed cruising stability.
A bigger V8, mounted way back
From the original 928 to Porsche final GTS version, the V8 engine grew in size from 4.7- to 5.4-liters. That meant that weight distribution above the front axle became an increasingly difficult issue for Porsche's engineers. This cutaway of the 928 GTS shows just how much effort Porsche's technical people went through, to ensure packaging which would mount that large V8 as far back as possible in the chassis.
Remember how big the first airbags were?
As a mid-1990s car, the 928 GTS was a product of its time in terms of cabin architecture and color. The purple/liver trim appears very strange more than two decades later, as does the curiously packaged steering wheel airbag. Wood inserts on the steering wheel rim and transmission shifter pay homage to old-school Porsche design values. As does the GTS's minimalist analog instrumentation.
It did not need many gears
The 928's spiritual successor has been thought to be Porsche Panamera. But whereas the current Panamera has an eight-speed automatic transmission, the 928 GTS' gearbox only features four forward speeds. Despite the lack of many ratios, it could run a true top speed of 171mph.
Doesn't this just make you miss pop-up headlights?
Below and behind the 928 GTS' characteristic pop-up headlights, was a large Porsche-engineered V8 engine of great reputation. The 5.4-liter multi-valve V8 was good for 345hp and 368lb-ft. Aided by the fact that his 928 GTS only weighed 3554lb, the performance was very inspiring. On a high-friction surface, the rear-wheel drive 928 GTS would run a true 0-60mph time of only 5.5 seconds.
The greatest German V8 GT car of its time
With the largest and most powerful V8 engine of all production 928s, and aided by clever aerodynamics, the GTS is unquestionably the greatest of its type. These are cars which truly had the ability to effortlessly cross a country in a mere day's driving. High-speed German V8 coupe cruisers, without peer - in their era.
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