911 rolls up past, present, future
911’s past in the interior design too, including the wide narrow dashboard, the toggle switches below the touchscreen and in the design of the air vents.
One of the models on display at the show also had narrow wooden inserts, again a nice heritage touch if you want it and one which interestingly met with the approval of the vicepresident of BMW Group design, Adrian van Hooydonk as we found him taking a discreet look at the new model.
There is another piece of tech that needs to be mentioned though. We have had rain sensing wipers for years, but the new 911 is the first that can detect a wet surface and activate Wet Mode. Engineered for those who are slightly less skilled in handling a 911 in the wet, it detects the change in surface through noise sensors in the front wheel arches. It then pre-conditions the relevant driver assistance systems before telling the driver to switch the mode on.
We were somewhat surprised to find Von Platen willing to discuss the possibility of a 911 SUV. Yes, really. “We had the 959 and 911 Safari. Perhaps this is something to think of, not as a full production model but as a niche model.”
The new Porsche 911 is expected in SA by mid 2019 priced at R1,708,000 for the Carrera S and R1,797,000 for the 4S including a threeyear/100,000km Driveplan.