Porsche 911 interior
The Porsche 911 interior doesn’t make you feel as special as more exotic supercars but you do get a smart design, excellent quality and a list of options that make it highly customisable
The latest Porsche 911 has a dashboard modelled on the clean design of the original 911 that was released more than 50 years ago. As a result, you get classic styling queues like the low scuttle and large rev counter that sits prominently in the centre of the instrument binnacle.
In the new car though, that analogue dial is flanked on either side by a pair of 7-inch infotainment screens that cover things like speed, driving mode and fuel economy. They can flick between settings so, if you spec the optional night vision – which highlights people and animals hidden in the darkness – you can punch its display up on a circular screen instead of the fuel gauge.
The rest of the car’s infotainment is handled by an 11-inch centre touchscreen. You can use it for everything from accessing driving information to operating the car’s stereo.
With so few buttons taking up space, there’s plenty of room for a large swathe of trim that sweeps the entire length of the dashboard. It’s available in contemporary carbon fibre, metal or more traditional wood trim finishes. On top of that, you can have your leather upholstery in subtle shades of grey or black, or go for something more striking like green or red.
This wide range of customisation means you can essentially change the entire feel of the 911’s interior.
The 911’s interior design is like a pair of new Nike Air Max Classic trainers – clean, fresh and dripping with nostalgia
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The 911’s infotainment system is a perfect match for the car’s classy interior. Its high-definition 11-inch screen is as pretty to look at as an iPad’s and it’s just as functional – responding seamlessly to the same pinch, spread and swipe functions as Apple’s touchscreens.
Move your hand towards the Porsche’s display and a row of buttons rise up from the bottom of the screen so, for example, you can select a destination in the sat-nav or quickly check out local points of interest. Punch in where you’re going and the sat-nav narrows down options in real time and calculates your route as quick as a flash.
Navigating in and out of menus is easy because you get a strip of ‘home’ buttons down the left-hand side of the display so you can easily jump between settings for the air-con, stereo, navigation and driving modes.
It’s so easy to use it makes the silly joystick in the Lexus LC500’s infotainment system seem more like a test of hand-eye coordination (and patience) and, unlike in the Japanese car, you can hook up both Apple and Android phones to the Porsche’s infotainment screen.
To the regular functions you might expect of an infotainment system, the 911 adds features that will be of specific interest if you’re buying a Porsche. For example, there’s the Porsche Precision app, which can wire your smartphone to the car’s sensors. Once hooked up, it can record lap times, G readings and calculate the percentage of time you have spent driving on the limit.
If you’re more about music than lap times, you can upgrade the modest standard Porsche stereo for 570W Bose surround-sound system with 12-speakers or go one step further with a Burmester unit that has the same number of speakers but bumps up the watts to a healthy 855.