1985 Porsche 928S
The Porsche 928 was quite a change for the German performance car maker. Until the 928 Porsche was known for rear and mid-engined sports cars. The 928 was the first car designed by the company to have the engine sitting in front of the driver (the 924 went into production first, but work on the 928 design began before the 924).
For 1985 Porsche introduced the US 928S with a 5.0-liter V8. The power plant featured four valves per cylinder and offered 288 horsepower, which wasn’t bad in the mid-80’s.
0-60 mph performance for the 928S manual was quoted at 6.1 seconds and the top speed was 150 mph. Times for the automatic do suffer in the 0-60 mph department. However, the 928 was never made for 0-60 mph performance, it was made for high speed Autobahn cruising.
A 1985 928S is currently a good value on the used market. In the mid-80’s the cars were very expensive for the time. At $50,000 it was out of reach for all but the most well off. Now you can buy an example in good condition for about $16,000 with prices raising to $22,000 for a car in excellent condition.
This video from MotorWeek shows a review of the 928S from 1985. It gives and idea of how the car was thought of in its day.
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