Memorable Interiors

9 unforgettable cockpits – some oh-so-right, but many oh-so-wrong

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9 unforgettable cockpits – some oh-so-right, but many oh-so-wrong

TOYOTA SUPRA 1

It might not have quite had jetfi ghter thrust, but the dashboard of 1996’s Supra certainly owned the terms ‘wrap around’ and ‘driver focused’. It was a cockpit in the truest sense, with front passenger only left to admire 1990s vinyl-wrap plastics.

2 FIAT MULTIPLA

With as much design nous as a sandpit full of Fisher Price toys, this Fiat puts the dash in the term ‘slap dash’. At least fi t-andfi nish would be high, being Italian, while the Multipla could seat three up front like a McLaren F1 supercar.

3 ROLLS-ROYCE WRAITH

Care to reach for the stars? Passengers seated in this 2014 suicide-door coupe won’t have to reach far thanks to 1340 fi bre-optic lights woven into the leather roof-lining above the (real) wood Canadel panelling on doors and dashboard.

4 MCLAREN F1

Iconic driving position mocks global market requirements for left- or righthand drive as the 1993 British supercar places its driver in the middle – ahead of engine and fuel tank, with a passenger fl anked behind, off set either side.

PAGANI HUAYRA 5

A hypercar with an unsubtle cabin. Floating switchgear pods, exposed gear lever surround, alloy toggles everywhere and gloss-black textured trim that looks like Christmas pressie wrapping – all that’s left to add is syrupy caramel leather.

6 AU FALCON DESK

There mightn’t have been a sharp angle in sight of this dashboard, but a sharp salesman could be found in the driver’s seat of the Forte when equipped with a foldable desk ideal for portable organisers and 7-Eleven muggacinos.

7 SPYKER C8

Spiky is the word for the yacht-like tiller of the C8, thanks to its four-bar crosshatch within a wooden steering wheel. Exposed alloy trim bits dominate the surroundings, contrasting with the caramel leather in this simple Audi V8-powered Dutch sports car.

8 MASERATI BOOMERANG

Surprisingly this 1971 Turin motor show concept that smattered gauges and headlight switches inside an enormous wheel rim didn’t make it to Maserati’s Bora production car. The jet-engine-style metal pod behind it wouldn’t have been safe.

9 SAAB NIGHT MODE

Doctors and architects loved Saab at its peak. What these occupations loved about fl ying we’re unsure, but the Night Panel switch on every dashboard that blanked out all instrumentation except the speedometer was a Swede gimmick.