Unveiled at the Geneva Salon in 1977 and voted Car of the Year for 1978, the 928 was intended as an upmarket replacement for the long running 911, but in the event Porsche's rear-engined classic would outlive its younger sibling. The front-engined 928's stylish hatchback body featured aluminium doors, bonnet and front wings in the interests of weight saving, while ingenious impact resistant 'bumpers' made of colour matched plastic were incorporated into the nose and tail. The V8 engine, Porsche's first, displaced 4.5 litres and produced 234bhp. A five speed transaxle gearbox or three speed automatic were the transmission options. In 1979 the 928S with its 4.6 litre engine arrived and then in 1986 the model was further revised and restyled, becoming the 928 S4. Its engine producing 320bhp courtesy of twin-cam, 32 valve cylinder heads and enlargement to 4,957cc, the S4 enjoyed a welcome top speed boost to 160mph.
In 1989 Porsche moved the game on with the even more powerful 928 GT, which with a top speed of around 170mph was the Stuttgart firm's fastest production car at that time, before launching the model's ultimate incarnation, the 928 GTS. Introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1991, the latter boasted a 5.4 litre engine producing 345bhp, 17" cup wheels, uprated front brakes and flared rear wheel arches for increased performance. In this form the 928 lasted in production until the model's deletion in 1995. Porsche has not made anything like it since and today this appreciating modern classic enjoys an enthusiastic following worldwide.