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This Is What The Interior Of The New Porsche 911 Looks Like

The tach is still in the middle, and the key is still on the left, but much of the 911’s interior is unrecognizable from previous generations. Porsche director of interior design, Ivo Van Hulten, gives us a walk-though of the new 992’s interior design. The new design is meant to invoke that of the old aircooled generation with a more horizontal focus rather than the vertical integration of the 996, 997, and 991. The « waterfall » center console is gone, replaced with a flat center console and a large touch screen center stack. The driver’s gauges have been replaced with a trio of screens, but retain the analog tachometer that Porsche fans will instantly know.

The new design is a massive departure for Porsche, and as can be seen by the timeline in the video, only really the third generation of Porsche interior design architecture. While Porsche is seriously focused on new technology and adding screens to the sports car experience, there remain a few vestiges of the 911’s analog past in the form of a few buttons and switch knobs to control a few rudimentary programs. Many of the car’s primary functions need to be reached by diving into menus on the screen, still, however.

What do you think of the new 911’s interior? Is it a throwback to the good old days, or is it too advanced and modern for a pure sports car experience? Let us know in the comments below.


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Porsche Explains The Exterior Design Of The 2019 911

Porsche’s Top Five videos have typically involved some kind of historical model, or moment of Porsche’s past. For this one, the company chose to highlight some of the designer’s favorite details of the 992-generation 911. You can watch the full video below, including Porsche’s director of exterior design Peter Varga, talking up the 992 in perfect German. If you don’t ‘spreken doich’ make sure the subtitles are turned on to get an inkling of what he might be saying.

First thing out of the gate he mentions his love of the vertical third brake light assembly. If I were asked, I might say that particular design element is my least favorite of the 992 generation.

Next is the revised lower rear fascia, which integrates the exhaust surround and the intercooler air exit into the same design element. It’s a slick way to do things, for sure, and especially so when the painted element of the rear bumper extends below that rear fascia. It’s a unique look that works well for the 992.

After waxing poetic about the car’s new sculpted sides and the way the headlights integrate into the shape of the front bumper. It’s at the front that we see the other element of the 992 that I personally find slightly offputting, and that is the squared off corners of the front trunk lid. On a car that is so round and smooth, this sharp edge seems incongruous.

Overall, the 992 is a handsome design, and Porsche (as well as Varga) are right to be proud of it. In the final element highlight, Varga talks about the « Sports Car Shape » of the new 911, but it’s definitely matured enough that it can’t rightly be a sports car anymore. The 992, a larger and more comfortable experience, is more a Grand Tourer with a few sports car pretenses remaining these days.


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Here Are The Most Expensive Porsches Ever Sold

Porsche’s fan favorite video series « Top 5 » is back for another season, and this time they’re tackling some truly interesting lists. To open the season, Porsche is focusing on the cars that made the brand famous, the ones with incredible pedigree and rarity, the ones that people spent gobs of money to buy at auction. Here is the list of the top five most expensive Porsches ever sold. How this list was made, I’m not entirely sure, as I know I’ve seen some Porsche cars sell for between the 3 and 5 million dollar range that are not listed here.

1. Porsche 917/30 Chassis #004 – $3,000,000

2. Porsche 550A Spyder Chassis #14S – $5,170,000

3. Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion Chassis WP0ZZ99ZWS396005 – $5,665,000

4. Porsche 956 Chassis #003 – $10,120,000

5. Porsche Gulf-Wyer 917K Chassis #024 – $14,080,000

If you want an explanation of why each of these cars is worth as much as they sold for, click the play button above and enjoy the smooth lilt of Ted Gushue’s voice describing exactly thus. I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely looking forward to next week’s Top Five Fastest Porsches of All Time video, despite already knowing the answers.


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Top 5 Features of the 918 Spyder with Baby Driver’s Ansel Elgort

Ansel Elgort’s « Baby » from the Edgar Wright film Baby Driver is the classic imperturbable action hero. Much like Steve McQueen’s Frank Bullitt, Baby is a man of extremely few words. Baby Driver is also a wizard behind the wheel. In the film, Baby flings a variety of cars through Atlanta, ranging from a Subaru Impreza to a Dodge Challenger Hellcat. Nothing in the film approaches the sheer ferocity that is the 918 Spyder. In the latest Porsche Top 5, Ansel and Porsche test driver Lars Kern take us through Porsche’s most recent supercar.

Still Crazy After All These Years

Five years on, the 918 Spyder is still the fastest hybrid ever to lap the Nürburgring. Though Porsche’s own 911 GT2 RS has eclipsed the 918’s lap time, the hybrid hypercar remains a remarkable machine. In Ansel’s words « it looks classy. » Compared to its contemporaries, the La Ferrari and Mclaren P1, the 918 is remarkably understated. Like the Carrera GT before it I suspect it will continue to look good for years to come. The featured car is equipped with the Weissach package. The package includes a carbon roof, and other carbon pieces to reduce overall weight by 41 kilograms.

In the video, Ansel and Lars walk through numerous aspects of the 887 horsepower hypercar. Kern demonstrate the car in a disused industrial area. Though unflappable on film, Ansel looks rather alarmed accelerating between rows of metal supports and archways with Kern at the wheel. Elgort rounds out the driving portion with some exceedingly enthusiastic donuts.

Critically, the Burmester sound system sounds terrific blasting Baby’s preferred mix of classic funk tunes.


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Top five Porsche 911 drives of 2016 – Josh’s picks

After getting behind the wheel of some truly incredible Porsche 911s in 2015, I was worried that my top five this year wouldn’t hit the same high standard. However, a look back over the last 12 months of Neunelfer motoring has shown that I had nothing to worry about. In ascending order, here is my 2016 top five:

5) Porsche 991.2 Carrera

You may remember that, leading up to the 991.2’s launch, I was pretty uneasy about the reality of a turbocharged Porsche 911 Carrera. However, getting behind the wheel of the 991.2 Carrera for the first time at the start of the year allayed all of my fears.

The chassis is even more accomplished than the Gen1 and the 3.0-litre flat six is a masterstroke, delivering plenty of punch without the usual turbo lag. I even enjoy the more nuanced soundtrack.

4) Porsche 993 Carrera RS

The 964 Carrera RS managed to make my top five in 2015 but, after putting one head-to-head with its successor for an air-cooled twin test in issue 140, it was clear that the Porsche 993 Carrera RS is the superior car.

The 3.6-litre flat six is a genuine firecracker but it’s the chassis that is the standout star. I’ve not driven an air-cooled Porsche 911 that has felt so sharp or precise before or since.

3) Porsche 911 Carrera RSR IROC

Driving any super rare Porsche 911 is always an unforgettable experience but getting into the driver’s seat of a genuine IROC RSR for the latest issue’s head-to-head has to be right up there in my list of top moments ever.

If sitting where the likes of Peter Revson and George Follmer once sat wasn’t surreal enough, the sound from the 3.0-litre engine, piped through an unsilenced exhaust system, now permanently resonates inside my skull.

2) Porsche 993 Turbo

For nearly three years, the chance to drive a 993 Turbo evaded my grasp. However, when I finally got the chance to drive the last air-cooled Turbo (courtesy of Paul Stephens) it didn’t disappoint.

Like many 993s, it was the perfect blend of analogue sports car and technological tour de force. Unlike the 993 C4S, the Turbo doesn’t suffer from an excess of understeer and the throttle response from the twin turbo flat six is simply phenomenal. It truly deserves its new five-star rating.

1) Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RS

Forget the 2.7 RS. If you’re in the market for a classic Rennsport then it’s all about the Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RS. From its dynamics to its dynamism, everything about the 1974 RS’s is sharper and more polished than its more famous predecessor.

The chassis is almost telepathic in its ability to transmit your inputs to the road while the engine fills in the 2.7-litre unit’s torque gaps without losing that inimitable Rennsport fizz. And its styling is so unabashedly Seventies in its execution. What’s not to love? Now to search down the back of the sofa for a spare £1 million…

Which Porsche 911s have you most enjoyed driving in 2016? Join the debate in the comments below or tweet us @Total911.


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