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STYLING | 10 out of 10
Porsche could have pushed the aesthetic boundaries further but overall the designers did their job, keeping the 911 looking fresh yet classic.
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Fortunately, everything in the test car that could be covered in beautifully tailored and stitched brown leather is covered just that way.
It sounds even better, it rides even better, it feels even better, it's even more comfortable, better equipped, and it's far better looking.
While previous Turbo models have used the wider of the two body widths made available for normally aspirated 911s, the 991 Turbo has a body that's more than 3 inches wider than that used by the standard Carrera.
The car appears longer and lower but, most would agree, still clearly a 911.
Still without doubt a Porsche 911 at first glance, the styling of the latest model is very different from its predecessor--just subtly so.
A low, sloped nose, rising front fenders capped by round-ish headlights, and the fastback coupe profile all say "911," despite the changes. All four of the new 991-based variants are also available in Cabriolet (convertible) form as well. A wider front track balances out the front-rear proportions, and the longer wheelbase helps stretch the car's lines into more elegant arches and curves.
Moving up from the base Carrera to the Carrera 4, 4S, GT3, and Turbo, the styling gets progressively sportier and, at the upper end, more racing-oriented. Likewise, track widths and fender flares grow wider, and ride heights drop lower as you move up the performance spectrum.
Inside, the Porsche 911 carries off an adaptation of the Panamera's cabin with equal if not greater skill; though the center console is perhaps a bit button-heavy, it's much sleeker and more intuitive than the Panamera's own, while the dash, steering wheel, and other details fit perfectly with the 911's sporting aptitude and daily-driver comfort.
The look of the 2014 Porsche 911 has evolved hugely over the past 50 years, but somehow still echoes the original.