Porsche 911 coupe - Interior & comfort
The Porsche 911’s interior is a great place to spend time; overall quality and slick infotainment are particular highlights
A welcome evolution of the outgoing 991-generation 911’s already impressive interior, the 992’s is more refined in its design and boasts a great set of technological improvements. All of the materials used are high-quality and everything is solidly put together.
Porsche’s reputation for great seats is maintained, with a great driving position and optimal comfort; optional sports seats offer extra support during enthusiastic driving.
We’ve yet to test the 911 thoroughly on UK roads, but our first impressions are that the 911’s suspension is well set-up to offer a great balance between poise and comfort – especially when Porsche’s PASM adaptive dampers are chosen from the options list. The depth of the Porsche’s options list means that buyers can build their 911 Carrera S or 4S to suit everything from everyday motorway use to weekend track-day action – or a balance between the two.
Porsche 911 dashboard
The 911’s dashboard is simple in its design but offers great access to Porsche’s latest infotainment system, which displays information via two seven-inch screens behind the steering wheel (either side of an analogue rev-counter) and a centrally mounted 10.9-inch touchscreen.
The system controls just about every aspect of the car, though physical climate control switches are located just ahead of the gear selector. Physical shortcut toggles under the central screen help locate important functions easier on the move. A multifunction steering wheel is standard, with buttons for controlling the sound system, Bluetooth and other infotainment functions.
There are five different leather colours to choose from, available in a dizzying array of combinations. These are complemented by a choice of brushed metal and wooden finishes; whatever the customer’s taste, the end result is guaranteed to be of high quality.
For now, the Porsche 911 range is pretty simple: the Carrera, Carrera S and the Carrera 4S are available in coupe or Cabriolet convertible bodystyles. The Carerra and Carrera S are rear-wheel drive and the 4S is four-wheel drive.
The 911 Carrera S and 4S come as standard with 20/21-inch alloy wheels (staggered front to back), a tyre pressure monitoring system, start-stop, two small rear seats and Porsche Communication Management (PCM), which brings phone connectivity, a voice control system and an internet-connected sat nav system. The aforementioned infotainment screens are standard, as is DAB radio and an eight-speaker, 150-watt sound system.
LED headlights and tail-lights are standard, with automatic activation and welcome-home lighting. The door mirrors are heated and electrically adjustable. Keyless-go, parking sensors front and rear, cruise control with a speed limiter, and two-zone climate control are all standard-fit too.
Black leather upholstery is standard, as are heated front sports seats and a multi-function steering wheel.
The options list for the Porsche 911 is long, varied and expensive but few other production sports cars offer as much scope for personalisation.
There are four alloy wheel designs to choose from (costing around £1,600 for a set), sixteen different interior leather combinations (priced from around £400 to £1,000 depending on your choice) and a range of extra touches available, including the leather interior package (around £750) and paldao wood trim (around £1,130).
The standard stereo can be replaced with either a 570-watt, 12-speaker Bose system (around £1,000) or an 855-watt, 13-speaker Burmester system for around £3,250. A bespoke leather luggage set costs around £5,300.
The 911’s headlights can be upgraded to adaptive LED matrix versions for around £2,000 as part of the Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus). Auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors are offered for around £390, while a rear wiper is optional and costs around £250.
There are some performance-focused option packages that are worth choosing. The sports exhaust system (around £1,800) imbues the 911 with a throatier engine note at the push of an interior button, replacing its standard quad-tips with two oval-shaped items.
The Sport Chrono Package is a long-standing feature on a 911 options list, combining dynamic engine mounts, the addition of ‘Sport Plus’ and ‘Individual’ modes to the driving mode selection (selectable via a new button on the steering wheel), plus throttle-blip downshifts in sportier modes and a launch control setting. The Sport Chrono pack also adds a stopwatch to the top of the dash and the Porsche Track Precision app to the car’s infotainment system. The latter can be used to record driving data on track, which can then be analysed on the corresponding mobile phone app.