Choose Your Weapon: ’80s Autobahn Assault Coupes
Imagine it’s the 80s and you’re a young, successful, patriotic German enthusiast living in proximity to the greatest highway system on earth, the Autobahn. Smooth, fast, and frequently very dangerous, its derestricted zones are steeped in both glory and infamy—perfect for testing your bravery and the accelerative limits of a shiny new domestic supercoupe.
In the days before speed limiters were frequently fitted to German cars, domestic market versions of each offered a top speed just north of 170 MPH, which is still impressive by today’s standards and downright supersonic back when the average European Supermini had perhaps 50 HP.
Which uber GT is for you? The Porsche 928, with its snarling V8 and spaceship cockpit, or the relatively restrained, but equally performance oriented E24 M6? Make your choice, watch those outside lanes, and don’t forget the Scorpions cassette.
1988 BMW M6
1983 Porsche 928