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Ay Carrera!

by Nate Chapnick | Men's Book Chicago magazine | March 15, 2012

It is arguably the most iconic global sports car ever built. Since the 911’s introduction in 1963, Porsche has made countless small improvements to the car, an approach to design that’s more evolutionary than revolutionary. Now in its seventh generation, the 2012 Carrera remains unmistakably a 911, with its signature oval headlamps, sloping roofline and rear-engine configuration. But, unlike previous Carreras, Porsche has paid particular attention to the interior design of this model, emphasizing craftsmanship and ergonomics like never before. See just how high Porsche’s design team has raised the bar as we take you inside this $82,100 Carrera.

Door Panel
The striking “C” shaped aluminum trim piece around the door handle loop is cool to the touch, offering a unique physical and visual contrast to the exquisite leather trim. For the first time ever, Porsche offers power folding mirrors, the controls for which are located on the door and highlighted by thoughtful silver metallic trim. Porsche borrows these artfully shaped metallic handles from the Panamera to provide your means of exit.

Gauge Cluster
In keeping with Porsche design DNA, established with the first 911, you’ll still find five round instruments behind the steering wheel, with the engine speed readout front and center. The modern twist here is found in the 4.6-inch TFT screen that displays vehicle information including audio, navigation directions and trip information.

Steering Wheel
For the first time ever, Porsche offers an electronically adjustable tilt and telescoping steering wheel, the controls for which are hidden underneath the steering column. You’ll still find the ignition located to the left of the steering wheel, but what will catch your eye is the careful use of noble metal trim around it and the light switch.

Porsche opts for a straightforward 7-inch touch screen instead of a central control knob to input navigation instructions, select radio presets and display other vehicle information.

Center Stack
The vents—with their forward cant, aluminum trim and slight curvature—integrate almost seamlessly into the center stack, forming the starting point from which the rest of the console tapers downward into the armrest.

Lower Console
The most dramatic change for 2012 is seen in the height of the center console, which has been raised considerably to put controls within easy reach. Simple, straightforward and close-to-hand, the 911’s climate controls are another welcome adaptation from the Panamera. The PDK transmission is arranged in this brilliant aluminum trim casing, meaning that no matter where you move the lever you’ll always see dazzling metal and never an opening. No more reaching up to open the sunroof with these silver trimmed controls on the lower console.

Glove Box
Thank you, Porsche, for hiding those ugly American necessities—cup holders—behind this lovely silver trim.