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Porsche 911 Turbo review

£134,400 - £155,970
Published: 08 Feb 2024


What is it like on the inside?

It’s super easy to get settled and comfortable inside the 911 Turbo. The electric steering column and adjustable seats (14-way in the Turbo, 18-way in the Turbo S – we can’t even imagine 18 different directions) mean you can quickly locate and fix your ideal set up. Being a Porsche, it doesn’t take long – the pedals are exquisitely positioned, visibility is vast (the perks of not being a carbon-tubbed supercar with a letterbox rear window) and you can place its enormous width surprisingly well thanks to those curved front wings being so pronounced in your field of view. Just like 911s of old.

The five-dial layout apes 911s of old, too, though nowadays all but the rev counter is digital rather than analogue. It’s all mightily customisable – you can swap out two dials for a big sat nav map, if you’re not hooked on the heritage – though the outer edges of the layout is a little obscured by the steering wheel rim.

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Heritage has been binned elsewhere, mind, the gear selector now being a little stubby USB-stick-esque object rather than an actual lever. It’s natural enough to use in practice, though. The two shards of blank black plastic which flank the shift gate, though – where the old 991 had all of its option switches – seem bizarrely spartan. If it’s not going to be used for anything in even the Turbo S, it would be better looking more structural in metal.

Besides that detail, the interior quality feels suitably Porsche-like throughout. Storage is good, with fixed door pockets that can swallow everything from a wallet to a bottle of water. But the cupholders have shrunk. The removable central holder is too narrow to fit a reusable water bottle that slots into older 991s a treat. The passenger’s fold-out number does the job but has less of the nicely engineered feel of its predecessors.

Unlike a GT3, there are rear seats. They’ll take kids and even wee adults over short distances, and when folded down they triple the luggage carrying capacity of the car. Mind, you can choose to ditch them via an optional Lightweight Package. This adds noise and cuts weight by 30kg via swapping in bucket seats, removing the rear seats, shaving the sound deadening and adding lightweight glass. As well as adding sport suspension and a lighter exhaust.

Or if you want to go in the opposite direction with your interior spec, there are also optional ‘Extended Leather’ packs and the glorious ‘Heritage Design’ packs. Choose the latter in classic two-tone and you’ll get wonderfully retro black and ‘classic cognac’ coloured trim with checked fabric seats. Ooft, we need a lie down.

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