The new Porsche 911 R is a pure-bred sports car built to conform to a time-honored Porsche formula; a powerful 500 hp four-litre naturally-aspirated flat-six engine driving the rear wheels, a six-speed manual transmission, and a lightweight body.
These characteristics place the 911 R firmly in the tradition of its historic namesake: a road-homologated racing car from 1967. Produced as part of a limited production series, the original 911 R was campaigned in iconic road races of the period, such as the Tour de France and Targa Florio, and also in world record runs.
Like its legendary predecessor, the new 911 R offers an unfiltered driving experience, delivered via systematic lightweight construction and a devotion to maximum performance. With a high-revving six-cylinder naturally aspirated engine and manual sports transmission, Porsche is once again underlining its commitment to especially emotional high-performance sports cars. Developed in the Motorsport workshop, the 911 R extends the spectrum of high-performance naturally-aspirated engines alongside the motor sport-inspired, track-bred models 911 GT3 and 911 GT3 RS.
In the rear of the 911 R lies the charismatic flat-six ‘boxer’ engine with a displacement of four-liters. From a standing start, 0-60 mph is possible in 3.7 seconds and will continue to a potential top speed of 201 mph. In keeping with the pure character of the 911 R, it is available exclusively with a six-speed manual sports transmission.
The Porsche 911’s rear seats have been removed along with a raft of other pieces Porsche Motorsport thought it could do without completely with a view to be lighter or stronger, or both. The R has some tricks up its sleeve, too, including the option of a single-mass flywheel to let the engine rev even more freely and an automatic rev-matching function on downshifts, one which can be switched off once your heel-and-toe technique is up to scratch.
Further similarities to the 911 GT3 RS include its carbon-fiber bonnet and magnesium roof, rear-wheel steering and mechanical differential on the back axle. It also features the same super-wide tires (245 section front, 305 section rear) and ceramic brakes as standard (410mm front, 390mm rear), along with forged aluminum wheels.
Inside the excellent carbon-fiber buckets from the GT3 RS are upholstered with unique ‘Pepita’ tartan center panels in acknowledgement of the very first 911 from the 1960s, while fabric door pulls mark it out as one of the elite 911 ‘motor sport’ models, however negligible their weight saving.
The Porsche 911 R is arguably the ultimate road-focused 911 in the 53 year history of the model. It is certain to be appreciated by long-standing fans of the iconic sports car. So there’s a ready market out there for 911 R, a limited-edition show stopper of just 911 cars, and is due to start production in Zuffenhausen, Germany, in May.