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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
The longer wheelbase was created for a number of reasons, including better ride quality, additional passenger compartment space, and for something Porsche's engineers referred to as "future powertrain needs."
The new car's longer wheelbase also translates to added legroom, but only by 1 inch for the front seats. Rear seats also benefit from added legroom, but are still barely suitable even for small children.
The interior feels similarly familiar, with round gauges, supportive yet comfortable seats, lush materials throughout, an ignition mounted to the left of the steering wheel and of course, rear seats sized for whisking Frodo to the Shire.
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A la the Panamera, the 991 sports a center console that is fully integrated into the dash, creating a richer, more modern cockpit.
When the sports exhaust is off, the cabin is as quiet as a German library on Sunday morning. During our testing we called this "Luxury Mode."
With leather upholstering the seats, across the dash, and many other places in the cabin, the 2014 Porsche 911 feels and looks more like a typical luxury sedan than a bare-bones sports car.
The front seats are comfortable and easy to get into. Available sport seats add more bolstering and hard-driving support while still suiting a wide range of body types. Rear-seat leg room is minimal to non-existent, however, especially if the front-seat occupants are on the taller end of the spectrum.
Adding to the elegant feel, aluminum accents highlight key design elements, while most of the controls and functions are delegated to high-quality plastic switchgear.
The front trunk is deeper and more spacious than you'd expect, but there's still only room for a pair of small-ish weekend bags. Fortunately there's a back seat for extra cargo. The cabin itself offers very little storage, with small door pockets and limited center console space.
Well-built and well-specified, the 2014 Porsche 911's cabin is comfortable, quiet, and practical.