Sweet Dream

Stuttgart’s front-en­gine, rear-drive come­back coupe

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Porsche’s un­der-rated 928 needs a sec­ond chance

IT WAS once seen as the fu­ture of Porsche, the car that would re­place the age­ing, un­pop­u­lar 911 and usher in a new era. His­tory now shows that Porsche’s iconic sports car wasn’t so eas­ily de­posed, but the 928 still played an im­por­tant role in the com­pany’s his­tory, with more than 60,000 sold dur­ing its 17-year life­span.

In­tro­duced in 1978, the 928 was an im­me­di­ate crit­i­cal suc­cess, win­ing the 1978 Euro­pean Car of the Year award. Un­for­tu­nately, crit­i­cal ac­claim does not nec­es­sar­ily guar­an­tee sales suc­cess, the 928 hand­i­capped by its high price and limited ap­peal to 911-lov­ing Porsche purists.

Such sen­ti­ment is a thing of the past in a post-Cayenne age and we’re pre­pared to bet there would be plenty of buy­ers keen on a mod­ern re­make of the iconic 928. Porsche agreed, con­sid­er­ing just such a thing built off the new Panam­era’s MSB plat­form, how­ever the pro­ject was shelved due to fears it would dent Con­ti­nen­tal GT sales.

Now, thanks to Diesel­gate, there is next to no chance it’ll ever ap­pear. Let’s take a look at what might have been.

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