911 rolls up past, present, fu­ture

Business Day - Motor News - - MOTOR NEWS -

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.

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