At the Porsche pavilion at ongoing Geneva Motor Show 911 R took the centre stage. It is their tribute to a 1967 model wearing the same badge. The most interesting fact lies somewhere else. When Porsche launched the 911 GT3 with PDK transmission, many petrolheads complained against it. The sharply quick transmission delivers amazing performance, but gives no pleasure of driving to the purists. Now Porsche took a note of it and developed a more road centric version of 911 GT3 with a manual transmission.
Although the German sportscar maker has declared that the 911 GT3 won’t get a manual transmission anymore, but finally they built a GT3 with a manual gearbox, christened as 911 R. Surprisingly, it took Porsche designers and engineers one year to develop and build this amazing car. Being a special edition car it will be built in less than 1000 units, and the pricing is expected to higher than the GT3 RS, which is the range topper.
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As I already said, the 911 R is basically a 911 GT3 with little restyling and a manual transmission. The car appears to be just like the 911 GT3, without the rear wing although. If you take a look at the front profile of 911 R, you will find the conventional front grille and retractable front spoiler which can be seen in the Carrera models. Otherwise the headlamps, front and rear bumpers, the wheels, side skirts, rear fenders come similar. The rear of the car gets an underbody diffuser which is different than the 911 GT3. It comes 50 kg lighter than the GT3 RS.
The front and rear hood of the car is made of carbon fibre, while the fenders also get carbon fibre element. The roof on the other hand gets magnesium. This feature is clearly inspired from the 911 GT3 RS. The car adorns “Porsche” decals at above the side skirts, which reminds me the original 911 R. Clearly this new car gets lot of inspiration from the 1967 model, as it sports racing strips in red. Although it comes as standard, but customers can opt for a model without the strips as well. Overall, the car is a true follower to the legend Porsche developed around 50 years ago.
Although it’s a road centric sportscar, but you shouldn’t be ashamed to take it on tracks for occasional racing fun. The interior of this car was designed and built to deliver the sporty charm with an all black theme. Unlike the GT3 RS the 911 R gets completely black steering wheel, while the revamped instrument cluster gets three round shaped dials. The infotainment system at the centre console also gets a restyling. Porsche left out the radio unit and the air conditioner. The doors get lighter pull straps instead of door handles. The rear seats are gone. The front seats are made of carbon fibre and wrapped in tartan cloth, which is directly inspired from the 1967 911 R model. The passenger side of the dashboard sports an aluminium badge saying “911 R” while the door sills also get the special edition badging.
The real reason behind making this car was to respond to the PDK haters, and Porsche therefore equipped this car with a six speed manual transmission with the same 4.0 litre flat six engine churning out 500 hp peak power and 460 Nm peak torque. Incidentally, this same engine is seen doing duty under the hood of 911 GT3 RS. The manual transmission is pretty much efficient although, but the capability to reach 0-100 kmph in 3.7 seconds is slower than 3.3 seconds and 3.1 seconds of GT3 and GT3 RS respectively. The top speed for this car is around 322 kmph.
|Engine||4.0 litre flat six|
|Maximum power||500 hp|
|Maximum torque||460 Nm|
|Transmission||6 speed manual|
|0-100 kmhp||3.7 seconds|
|Top speed||322 kmph|
The Porsche 911 R gets a specially tuned suspension system. The rear axle steering wheel gives precise control to the driver. The 911 R also gets Porsche Stability Management (PSM). Porsche has equipped the car with a system, which can lift the front axle up to 30 mm to provide extra ground clearance, and all this with just one push of a button. The braking duty is done by standard Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) system. The front wheel is equipped with 410 mm disk brakes, while the rear gets 390 mm disks.
Being a special edition car the Porsche 911 R will be built in 991 units only, and most of the cars are already sold out. In Europe the car is priced at € 189,544, which is equivalent to INR. 1.40 crore approximately.
Porsche 911 R will not only make the purists happy but it will also ensure that Porsche won’t make any GT3 spec coupe with manual transmission anytime soon. Alongside this car will bring back the rich motorsport legacy of the German brand again.
Live images from the floor of Geneva Motor Show