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STYLING | 10 out of 10
looks the part of a serious performance machine
like a track steamroller or an asphalt Zamboni
cabin is "largely unaltered, is still a confusing mish-mash of oddly styled controls
How do you describe a 911's styling, apart from "singular?" With more than 40 years behind it, the 911 doesn't answer too many requests to change with the times. It rolls on, like a Mustang, confident in merely refining its classic shape, year after year. Sure, the Turbo is a little wider and a little lower (and Turbo-look packages are sure to spread to other models after this year), but all 911s are squat little teardrops, with front fenders that frame a narrow, single-minded view of the road ahead.
This year, Porsche adds new mirrors, LED taillights, and exhausts, and Turbos get air intakes all over the place and an automatic rear spoiler-and still, a time traveler from 1965 would recognize this car as a Porsche. That's also true of the dashboard, which is a little less convincing with its newfangled LCD screen and dozens of buttons. Stark? Yes, it's still stark, and the ignition's still to the left of the steering column-but the delicious-looking Valrhona-brown leather trim available would shame an early vinyl-seated 911, or even some Audis, and the big LCD nods at all the modern conveniences even Porsche's fitting to its cars these days. Discerning between all the differently shaped ancillary switches can be distracting, but the large, clear gauges put the engine speed right in your sightlines.
Autoblog: "virtually unchanged to the uninformed eye"
Car and Driver: "great interior"
ConsumerGuide: "many switches are undersized and hard to decipher"
Edmunds: "driver-centric Porsche 911 interior features a single-pod gauge cluster" ConsumerGuide: "gauges are closely placed and may seem daunting at first"
The Porsche 911 rolls on as-is for another year, and history's still kind to its classic proportions.