from Car and Driver:
Predicting the future of the Porsche 911 is about as easy as forecasting what Coca-Cola will taste like years from now. But for the first time in the model’s 54-year history, the next 911 will finally secure a Coke bottle without spilling it all over the carpet.
These spy photos of the 2020 911 interior are more upsetting to Porsche convention than the Mission E electric sedan is. In the center console, there is an honest-to-God, deep-dish, American-size cupholder.
Among German automakers, Porsche has held out the longest against installing real cupholders in its flagship sports car, instead offering two flimsy, shallow pieces that pop out from the passenger-side dashboard that none of us dare to use, fearing that our oversize beverages will topple out of them. Who would have thought this day would ever come?
Ahead of the Dunkin-approved cupholder we see a stubby, Prius-like shifter that needlessly complicates gear selection compared to the tried-and-true PRNDL format. It creates yet another reason to choose a manual 911. Elsewhere, the 992-generation interior echoes that of the latest Panamera, with its wide infotainment touchscreen, dual LCDs flanking an analog tachometer, and new steering-wheel controls and column stalks. The blacked-out portions flanking the shifter may be touch-capacitive switches that illuminate on startup, or they could be temporary blanks in this particular development car. There’s an attractive row of knurled toggle switches above the central air vents, which don’t copy the Panamera’s nifty but gimmicky electronically controlled vent.
What else can be said? It’s clearly a 911 interior, which is an enviable place to be—a place that soon will be considerably less stressful for owners pulling away from the drive-through.
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