Porsche 911 interior sighting shows new digital cluster of 2019 car
Latest photos reveal mix of analogue and digital instruments in cabin; next 911 will be first available with a hybrid powertrain
The 2019 Porsche 911 will inherit the part digital and part analogue instrument cluster of the latest Cayenne and Panamera, as shown by new spy pictures of a development car’s dashboard.
Caught testing in the USA, the model, which is due to be revealed in late 2018 before going on sale in the following year, will retain the central rev counter of its forebears. But for the first time in a 911, it’ll be flanked by two digital screens, located in a cluster that curves around to the centre console touchscreen.
The technology mimics the wraparound design of Volkswagen Group stablemate Audi and its Virtual Cockpit, but keeps a more traditional layout with revs the the main focus.
Porsche’s future 911 will also be the first to come with hybrid power. Speaking to Autocar last year, Porsche engineers confirmed they were working on how to package a hybrid powertrain in the 911’s body – something that could also account for the wider stance of development cars.
Porsche 911 product line director Erhard Mössle, now retired, said at the time: Porsche “We have to meet the CO2 regulations in 2020. The technology available is not far away from meeting our goals for such a car in terms of range and charging speed.”
Since then, Porsche has also confirmed the arrival of a Mission E all-electric model by the end of the decade.
The car maker already has hybrid powertrains in its Cayenne SUV and Panamera saloon, with both cars using the same supercharged 3.0-litre petrol engine in combination with an electric motor. The 918 Spyder also features a hybrid powertrain, which mates a 4.6-litre V8 engine with two electric motors.
As well as the option of a hybrid model, Porsche is considering an all-electric version of the 911 in the same vein as the Audi R8 e-tron.
However, this model is not seen as a guaranteed production car. Mössle said Porsche would need to “look at what is the right time and whether there is the need for it. It’s expensive and you never know if you will get your money back.”
Base models of the 911 are expected to use the same twin-turbo 3.0-litre flat six engine that made its debut in the facelifted 911 Carrera.
Mössle also confirmed the new 911 will sit on a modified version of the MMB platform used by today’s car and feature only mild styling changes. “The 911 is always an evolution, not a revolution. It will always be step by step.”
Source: Autocar Online