June 13, 2022

Blog: The Business! 1987 Porsche 928 S4

This 1987 Porsche 928 S4 is being offered by a seller in Calgary, AB for $16,900 with 147,000 kms on the odometer. This luxury GT was the first front-engine V8 produced by Porsche AG of Germany. 

The seller mentions that the tires and battery have recently been replaced, and the exhaust and engine have been re-tuned. Sitting on 16” flat dish wheels, the 928 has a low, wide, futuristic design, with pop-up headlamps integrated into the front wings inspired by the Lamborghini Miura. Its doors, hood, and front fenders are made of aluminium to save weight, and bumpers are made from polyurethane to reduce drag. The rest of the car’s characteristic body is made of galvanised steel.

In the 1983 movie Risky Business, a 21-year old Tom Cruise escapes from an angry pimp in a 1979 Porsche 928, and submerges it in a lake with the help of bombshell Rebecca De Mornay. The movie did much to boost the popularity of the 928 in the Eighties. Between 1987 and 1991, 15,682 928 S4’s were produced. 

Porsche created the 928 in an effort to get ahead of the curve on increasingly stringent emissions regulations. They wanted to release a new flagship car that would meet the new standards while being capable of reaching the popularity of the 911 in its heyday. 

Drivers of the 928 are treated to not only a tilt steering wheel, but also a tilting instrument cluster, a first for any manufacturer. Seating is 2+2 in red leather, with the back seats folding down for increased luggage storage. 

This Porsche 928 S4 is powered by an all-aluminium water-cooled DOHC 5.0-liter V8 with Bosch continuous injection, rated at 316 hp, powering the rear wheels via a 4-speed automatic transmission. Its weight distribution is nearly perfect, a 51/49% split front to rear. Porsche developed the “Weissach Axle '' for the 928, a multi link suspension system that minimises oversteer and optimises handling. Go ahead and risk it… unless you’re more comfortable jumping on your bike and peddling home. 

You can view the listing here.