If you’re like me, you think of a Porsche as a manufacturer of a) luxury cars, and b) that’s actually it. But there was a time when they built sports cars, and one of the most amazing of those was the 928 GTS.
For a little background, let’s discuss the 928. This was a front-engine, V8-powered sports car that was initially intended to replace the 911 before everyone realized it was rather ungainly. So rather than replace the 911, Porsche decided to keep the 911 going, largely unchanged, and keep the 928 going, largely unchanged, for as long as possible.
The result was that by the late 1980s, both the 928 and the 911 sported designs that were more than a decade old. Porsche’s other car, the 944, was just as long in the tooth. So Porsche did the only thing it knows how: it started building special editions.
While the 911 and 944 got their own neat run-out models, the very best of these was the 928 GTS. It came to the states for the 1993 model year and used a 345-horsepower 5.4-liter V8, which must be one of the largest engines ever to grace a Porsche outside the Carrera GT. To me, the best part is actually that the bodywork somehow managed to make the 928 look like a modern, 1990s vehicle.
The 928 GTS only lasted a few model years before it faded into oblivion. And Porsche didn’t sell too many, largely because the thing had a six-figure sticker price at a time when you could get an M5 for a price that started with a “4.” But on the used market, it’s still one of the coolest Porsches in existence.