Larger and more intriguingly app-assisted than most of the toy vehicles we’ve seen with iOS compatibility, Silverlit‘s Porsche 911 Carrera ($80) offers radio-controlled car enthusiasts a deluxe driving experience.
Produced under license from Porsche, the 1:16-size 911 Carrera includes quite a bit of styling from the prior-generation car, including distinctive front and rear vents, working turn signals and other lights, and even a finely detailed interior complete with proper gauge and navigation screen placement.
It’s powered by four batteries and communicates wirelessly using Bluetooth, so users needn’t change Wi-Fi networks to take control of the car. Silverlit’s free iOS app not only takes full advantage of Porsche’s distinctive cockpit design elements, but also includes a surprisingly large array of user-adjustable control parameters, including a programmable acceleration curve, steering and movement sensitivity, and separate buttons for various lights and the horn. Some sound effects are handled by the car, others by the app.