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Porsche 911 review

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Porsche 911
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5 Jan 2016 14:04 | Last updated: 20 Sep 2018 10:58

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Interior layout

The interior layout, fit and finish

Porsche 911 coupe driving position

The driver’s seat is mounted as low as possible to make the 911 feel suitably sporty from behind the wheel. True, the seat is quite narrow, but it offers plenty of support and is soft enough to be comfortable on long trips. A wide range of adjustment to the seat and steering wheel makes it easy to find a position to suit most body shapes, too. Fully electric seat adjustment is an option, but it’s a needless expense unless you really want the extra convenience. The Sports Seats Plus sacrifice some comfort for added support during hard driving, but are a pricey option.

The pedals are well placed, with a wide rest for your left foot, while all the instruments are easy to read and directly in your eyeline.

Most of the buttons and switches are within easy reach, but the sheer number of them on the chunky central tunnel can be confusing to begin with.

Porsche 911 coupe visibility

Driving a sports car usually means making serious sacrifices in usability, but the 911 is surprisingly easy to live with. Forward visibility is excellent, thanks to slim front pillars and a relatively large windscreen and side windows. The tops of the headlights also give you a clear idea of where the front wheels are, making the 911 easier to manoeuvre than rivals such as the Jaguar F-Type Coupé.

Rear visibility is good, too, with a deep rear window that allows you to place the back of the car accurately when parking. Unlike many of its rivals, the 911 is available with a rear wiper (it’s a cost option, sadly), which also helps. The thick rear pillars do create small blindspots when pulling out from tight junctions, but this issue is no worse than it is in the 911’s closest rivals.

All-round parking sensors and a reversing camera are expensive optional extras but are worth adding.

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Porsche 911 coupe infotainment

When buying a car with this kind of starting price, you expect to be greeted by a high level of standard equipment. However, Porsche is notorious for being stingy with the amount of kit fitted to its cars.

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At least an excellent touchscreen sat-nav unit is included in the price, as is a decent nine-speaker stereo and a DAB digital radio. The screen itself is within easy reach of both the driver and passenger, with menus that are easy to get to grips with. It’s a shame that some of the on-screen icons are small and fiddly, but pairing a phone or selecting preset radio stations is a hassle-free operation. You can also pay (a lot) for a TV tuner if you fancy watching your favourite channel when stationary. Expensive Bose and Burmester sound systems are also on the options list.

Overall, the 911 gets a reasonable amount of infotainment kit, including the excellent Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring, but some similarly priced rivals offer more for the money.

Porsche 911 coupe build quality

One of the 911’s most attractive features is its luxurious and beautifully made interior. All the buttons and switches on the wide centre console are well damped, sturdy and classy to look at. Most of what you touch regularly is covered in leather or metal, and where plastics are used they feel pleasingly dense and squidgy.

Everything in the interior feels reassuringly expensive, and nothing moves or rattles unexpectedly – this is why you feel like you could drive the 911 every day. This rock-solid build quality is what sets the 911 apart from rivals such as the F-Type, which may look more interesting inside but don’t come close to matching the same level of fit and finish.

 

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Equipment includes a 7.0in infotainment touchscreen with sat-nav and Bluetooth (but owners can delete this as a no-cost option), 20in alloy wheels, electric windows, climate control and a part-elec...View trim
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Over the standard Turbo, you get an extra 40bhp, a fractionally quicker 0-62mph time of 2.9sec (versus the Turbo’s 3.0sec) and a top speed of 205mph (7mph higher than the standard car). A dynamic b...View trim
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GT2 RS
As standard, you get the Club Sport Package, which includes carbonfibre-backed seats, lightweight door trims and a sports steering wheel. However, we would recommend specifying the Weissach package...View trim
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The entry-level 911 comes with 19in alloy wheels, leather seats, sat-nav and a DAB radio as standard. It’s our favourite version, although – at the very least – you’ll want to pay extra for cruise...View trim
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Equipment additions include a standard limited-slip differential, Porsche’s highly effective PASM adaptive damping system, 20in rims and the Sport Chrono Package, with its steering wheel-mounted mo...View trim
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Comes with 20in wheels, leather seats, sat-nav and a DAB radio as standard. However, you’ll want to pay extra for cruise control, parking sensors, heated seats and rain-sensing wipers...View trim
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It comes with a PDK automatic gearbox; a manual ’box is not available. The motorsport-influenced GT3 is cheaper and more sparsely equipped than the Turbo models, but it’s also more fun to drive...View trim
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