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The new Porsche 911 R – the puristic sports car


With the R denoting the trademark ‘Racing’ denominator, Porsche’s new 911 R – a special limited-edition model of just 991 units is truly a sports car for the purist. Set to be revealed at the Geneva International Motor Show, the bold, classical homage graphics of the 911 R places the 911 R firmly in the tradition of its historic role model: a road homologated racing car from 1967.

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The four liter normally aspirated flat six engine – Porsche’s trademark powertrain produces a nice round figure of 500 hp at 8,250rpm and 460 Nm at 6,250rpm and relayed to the tarmac via a 6-speed manual sports gearbox. With a 1,370 kg overall weight (making it the lightest version of the 911), the 911 R goes from a standing start through the 100 km/h barrier in 3.8 seconds. The purist’ sports transmission’ hort gearshift travel underlines the active driving experience. The forward thrust of the 911 R continues to a speed of 323 km/h. Combined fuel consumption in the NEDC is 13.3 l/100 km.

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A race ready machine to its core, the 911 R’s chassis features specially tuned standard rear-axle steering which brings direct turn-in characteristics, precise handling and maximized traction (thanks to its mechanical rear differential) to the 911 R’s dossier while maintaining high stability through and through. Porsche’s mighty PCCB brakes sized 410mm at the front and 390 at the rear, ensures exemplary stopping prowess. Further handling endowment includes specially adapted Porsche Stability Management controls, push-button double-declutch activating function, optional single-mass flywheel, and a wondrous button-activated lift system raises 30mm ground clearance.

Motorsport development has specially adapted the control systems of the Porsche Stability Management (PSM) for the 911 R. A double-declutch function activated by pressing a button for perfect gearshifts when changing down is also part of the repertoire of the 911 R as is the optional single-mass flywheel. The result is a significant improvement in spontaneity and high-revving dynamics of the engine. For unrestricted practicality in everyday use, a lift system can also be ordered: it raises ground clearance of the front axle by approximately 30 millimetres at the touch of a button.

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The 911 R’s striking exterior resembles a Carrera with body parts readopted from the 911 GT3. Also a retractable rear spoiler and a rear underbody diffuser specific to R models provide the necessary downforce. Further tailor-made parts are also apparent in the ‘R-specific’ cabin, with R-specific short gearshift lever and the clutch pedal. Carbon trim strips in the interior with an embedded aluminum badge on the front passenger’s side indicate the limited number of the 911 R.