The Porsche 928 was developed as a luxury grand tourer and many in the company believed it would have much wider appeal than the compact 911. The car, which was originally intended to replace the Porsche 911 line, featured the power and handling of a sports car with the refinement, comfort and equipment of a luxury sedan. The new Grand Touring type car united the best elements of both a sports coupe and a luxury sedan. At launch the Porsche 928 utilized a 4.5 liter, SOHC (per bank), 16-valve V8 engine which produced 240 horsepower (180kW). Although the car was well received, and praised for both its comfort and power, initial sales of the car were low. The base price of the 928 were considerably higher than that of even the most expensive 911 models. Moreover, the front engine, rear-wheel drive design went against everything that Porsche purists had come to love about the company’s earlier models, and many alienated the 928 entirely.