What Do We Think Of The 911’s New Louvres?
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Porsche calls them, “vertical louvres”, and they’ve been on our minds since the company showed the revised 911. For 2017, the car needs more air for its standard turbocharged engine—but it’s a break with tradition that makes me wonder: why now?
Just what is the power of a seemingly subtle change? Artist and photographer TJ Grewal expressed the opinion that the engineering-led design change jarred him, saying, “the grill with slats going side to side has only been part of the 911 design since its inception”.
After reading that, I took way too much time poking around forums and the company’s historical archives, looking for vertical slats. Older 911s have vertical elements to their rear grille, but the 2017’s decklid grille is to let air in—not out, like in years past. Porsche, never to disappoint, even made a short film on improvements to the engine and cooling.
Looks-wise, it stuck out the second I saw the new car. That said, I really like the update, and if it’s so functional, I’m sure we won’t have to wait too long for someone to produce a version for older cars.
Have you noticed this subtle change? Chances are, Porsche 911s will have vertical slats on its decklid grille for some time. And yes, you can already configure the new 911 to your tastes. I’ll take mine in Graphite Blue Metallic, please.