Sense of control
Superior ergonomics, outstanding grip, multiple variations, and a magic button. With the new steering wheel generation,
The rim of the new GT sport steering wheel is covered in Bordeaux Red leather. The driver’s hands find their place with natural ease. His eyes trace the precise, hand-sewn crossover seam to the logo. The design of the new 911 steering wheel is the embodiment of sportiness and engineering prowess. Classic black dominates the center pad, while the decorative ring, cutouts, and screw panels stand out in Galvano Silver and harmonize perfectly with the paddles on models featuring the
“Our goal was to offer as many individual variation options as possible,” says Markus Walters,
When it comes to the look and feel of the steering wheel, there is also plenty of choice. Smooth-finish leather is available in seven different colors, as well as black Alcantara for the GT sport steering wheel. And Carbon and Mahogany in the standard version. Moreover, all steering wheels can be equipped, on request, with a control for the infotainment system, the car computer, and other functions, as well as with steering wheel heating.
All models with the Sport Chrono package include an almost magical innovation located at the bottom right on the steering wheel hub. The new driving mode switch enables the choice of Normal, Sport, Sport Plus, and Individual modes. In combination with PDK, the driving mode switch includes an additional button. When pressed, the systems are preconditioned for a spontaneous power boost lasting up to 20 seconds. This function is intended for overtaking maneuvers—and was inspired by the Hot Lap button in the 918 Spyder. The button that primes all the systems is called the Sport Response Button. It prepares the engine and transmission for maximum responsiveness and closes the wastegate in the turbocharger, which enables it to build up boost pressure much more quickly. The engine responds more directly to throttle inputs and thus reaches its maximum power more quickly. At the same time, the PDK switches into a special shifting characteristic curve that pushes every gear to higher engine speeds.
Whether one prefers a purist steering wheel that breathes the spirit of the 356 or a high-tech command center that directs the entire
Author Thorsten Elbrigmann
Illustration Rocket & Wink