The 928 was the first Porsche attempt to combine the power, poise, and handling of a sports car with the refinement, comfort, and equipment of a luxurious saloon to create a vehicle with wider appeal than the compact, quirky and sometimes difficult 911. The 928 featured an innovative, front-mounted and water-cooled V8 engine driving the rear wheels, producing up to 237 hp. It is the only sports car so far to have won the European Car of the Year title in 1987.
Its body, styled by Wolfgang Möbius under guidance of Anatole Lapine, has influenced Steve Jobs in designing the first Macintosh computer. Andy Hertzfeld, a member of the original Apple development team, recalls the discussion between Jobs and Apple’s creative director James Ferris, in March 1981 during a late night at the office. For some reason, they were talking about cars.
“It’s got to be different, different from everything else!”, said Jobs to Ferris, “We need it to have a classic look, that won’t go out of style, like the Volkswagen Beetle”.
“No, that’s not right”, James replied. “The lines should be voluptuous, like a Ferrari.”
“Not a Ferrari, that’s not right either”, Steve responded. “It should be more like a Porsche!” referring to his Porsche 928.
“I could not find my dream sports car, so I built it myself.”
The design for the first Mac was released in February 1982. Jobs had worked tirelessly, attempting to produce the best Porsche-like design for the most innovative computer until then.
The 4-door version of this exclusive car, named 928-4, together with Porsche 989, a never produced concept vehicle from the late ‘80s, were undoubtedly the predecessors of most recent Porsche Panamera.