Porsche 928S


The 928 received its first update in 1982 and became known as the 928S.

The most important difference was under the bonnet, where the engine increased in capacity to 4.7-litres. The extra capacity was achieved by increasing the cylinder bores from 95mm to 97mm. In addition, the compression ratio was raised to 10.0:1, thus demanding 4-star fuel (as it was in the UK at the time), while the camshafts were reprofiled. The result was that power went up to 310bhp (only 239bhp in North America from 1983).

The 928S received a front air dam with two small rectangular slots for brake cooling, while at the back, was a polyurethane lip spoiler. These small but neat changes were claimed to reduce the drag coefficient to 0.38.

The S also received new wheels – flat-faced 16-inch alloys, which had the same dimensions as before.

Inside, the heating and air conditioning systems were upgraded with a thermostatic controller and fully electrically adjustable front seats became standard, as did a new four-spoke steering wheel.

The 928S was a large, heavy car but could nevertheless reach 60mph in just 6.5 seconds and go on to a top speed of 155mph. This really was a grand tourer!

Note that the 928S became known as the 928S2 in the UK from 1984. However, in other countries the 928S moniker remained until it was replaced by the 928S4 in 1987. For the US market only, the engine capacity increased to 5.0-litres in 1985. This engine boasted 32 valves and produced 288bhp.

Capacity: 4665cc
Compression ratio: 10.0:1
Maximum power: 300bhp at 5500rpm
Maximum torque: 383Nm at 4500rpm
Brakes: Front: xxxxmm discs; rear: xxxxmm discs. Servo assisted
Suspension: Front: Independent with double wishbone, telescopic dampers with co-axial coil springs, plus anti-roll bar
Rear: Independent with lower wishbones, upper transverse link (Porsche-Weissach patent geometry), coil springs, telescopic dampers, plus anti-roll bar
Wheels & tyres: Front: 16x7J with 225/50VR16 tyres. Rear: 16x7J with 225/50VR16 tyres
Length: 444mm
Width 1836mm
Weight: 1640kg
0-60mph: 6.5sec
Top speed: 155mph