2016 Porsche 911 R

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Year: 2016
Make: Porsche
Model: Porsche 911
Top Speed: 200 mph (Est.)
Price: INR 14000000 (Est.)
car segment: sports cars
body style: coupe

Wingless 911 GT3 offering real driving pleasure with manual transmission

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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EXTERIOR

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.

INTERIOR

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.

DRIVETRAIN

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 AND TRANSMISSION

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

RIDE AND HANDLING

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.

PRICE

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.

CONCLUSION

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.

  • Leave it
    • It’s a limited edition.
    • Pricey.
    • Unlikely to reach Indian shores.

Live images from the floor of Geneva Motor Show

The new Porsche 911 R

PRESS RELEASE

Limited special model: With its new 911 R, Porsche is unveiling a puristic sports car in classical design at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show.

Its 368 kW (500 hp) four-litre naturally aspirated flat engine and six-speed manual sports transmission places the 911 R firmly in the tradition of its historic role model: a road-homologated racing car from 1967. Produced as part of a limited production series, the 911 R (R for Racing) performed in rallies, in the Targa Florio and in world record runs. Like its legendary predecessor, the new 911 R relies on systematic lightweight construction, maximum performance and an unfiltered driving experience: this special limited-edition model of 991 units has an overall weight of 1,370 kilograms and is currently the lightest version of the 911.

With the high-revving six-cylinder naturally aspirated engine and manual sports transmission, Porsche is once again displaying 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 racing models 911 GT3 and 911 GT3 RS.

At work in the rear of the 911 R is the six-cylinder flat engine with a displacement of four litres, familiar from the 911 GT3 RS. The racing engine delivers 500 hp at 8,500 rpm and generates 460 Nm at a speed of 6,250 rpm. From a standing start, the rear-engined car breaks through the 100 km/h barrier in 3.8 seconds. In keeping with the puristic character of the vehicle, the 911 with its lightweight design is available exclusively with a six-speed sports transmission. Short 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.

A significant improvement in spontaneity and high-revving dynamics

The 911 R could almost have been made for tight corners. The specially tuned standard rear-axle steering guarantees especially direct turn-in characteristics and precise handling while maintaining high stability. The mechanical rear differential lock builds up maximum traction. Ensuring the greatest possible deceleration is the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) as a standard feature. It measures a generous 410 millimetres on the front axle and 390 millimetres on the rear. Ultra High Performance Tyres of size 245 millimetres at the front and 305 millimetres at the rear are responsible for contact to the road. They are mounted on forged 20-inch lightweight wheels with central lock in matt aluminium.

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.

911 R, 2016, Porsche AG
There is only a limited number of the 911 R

With its overall weight of 1,370 kilograms, the 911 R undercuts the 911 GT3 RS by 50 kilograms. Bonnet and wings are made of carbon and the roof of magnesium. This reduces the centre of gravity for the vehicle. Rear windscreen and rear side windows consist of lightweight plastic. Additional factors are the reduced insulation in the interior and the omission of a rear bench seat. The optional air conditioning system and the radio including audio system also fell victim to the slimming cure.

The 911 R has a lot to show under the bonnet

From the exterior design, the 911 R gives a reserved impression. At first sight, the body resembles that of the Carrera. Merely the nose and rear body familiar from the 911 GT3 hint at the birthplace of the 911 R: namely the motorsport department in Flacht. In technical terms therefore, the 911 R has a lot to show under the bonnet: the drive technology comes from the GT3 RS. All the lightweight components of the body and the complete chassis originate from the 911 GT3. However, with a view to road use, the body manages without the fixed rear wing. Instead, a retractable rear spoiler, familiar from the Carrera models, and a rear underbody diffuser specific to R models provide the necessary downforce. Front and rear apron come from the 911 GT3. The centrally positioned sports exhaust system consists of the lightweight construction material titanium. A redesigned spoiler lip is installed at the front. Porsche logos on the sides of the vehicle and continuous colour stripes in red or green over the entire mid-section of the vehicle show the relationship to its legendary predecessor.

The driver sits in a carbon full bucket seat with fabric centre panels in Pepita tartan design, recalling the first 911 in the 1960s. An “R-specific” GT sport steering wheel with a diameter of 360 millimetres receives steering commands from the driver. Gearshifts take place in traditional manner via an R-specific short gearshift lever and the clutch pedal. Carbon trim strips in the interior with an embedded aluminium badge on the front passenger’s side indicate the limited number of the 911 R. A typical feature of GT vehicles are the pull straps as door openers.

Consumption data
911 R: Combined fuel consumption 13.3 l/100 km; CO2 emissions: 308 g/km

911 GT3: Combined fuel consumption: 12,4 l/100 km; CO2 emissions: 289 g/km

911 GT3 RS: Combined fuel consumption 12.7 l/100 km; CO2 emissions: 296 g/km

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