The Porsche 911 R has been revealed at the Geneva Motor Show. It is the Porsche that might have been dreamt up by a group of mechanics and their mates while drinking it out on a Friday evening. The Porsche 911 R looks perfect, with a mismatch of parts from the 911 GT3 and the GT3RS. The Porsche 911 R does not bother about numbers, or quarter lap times. It does what it wants to do, that is to offer the best driving experience ever, just like the McLaren P1 did.
The tricked out Porsche 911 R weights at 1370kg and is one of the lightest 911s around. It weighs about 50kg lesser than the GT3. The Porsche 911 R is powered by a 493bhp 4.0 liter naturally aspirated flat-six engine. The engine is the same as that of the GT3. The Porsche 911 R is mated to a manual 6-speed gearbox. Move over, automatics. The 911R does the 0-100kmph sprint in 3.7 seconds. The top speed is an impressive 324kmph.
The 911 R gets some unique technologies in that there is the option of a single mass flywheel that lets the engine rev even more freely. There is an automatic rev-matching function on downshifts. It can be turned off if you are a master at switching gears. The 911 R shares many similarities with the GT3. It gets a carbon-fiber bonnet, a magnesium roof, rear wheel steering and mechanical differential on the back axle. The tires are also carried over from the GT3. Ceramic brakes are standard.
To reduce weight, the rear windows and screen are plastic. There is no rear bench The AC and the audio system can be removed if necessary. There is no fixed rear wing in place. It gets the Carrera’s retractable rear spoiler with a tweaked diffuser arrangement. To top off all these impressive exterior aspects, there is twin set of stripes that run from nose to tail in either red of green. Paying homage to the 1967 911 R has never been more apparent. There are Porsche decals on the flanks. With all these, it definitely stole the attention off of the 718 Boxster S at the show.
The interior gets carbon-fiber bucket seats upholstered with unique Pepita tartan center panels. Again, a nod to the 1967 Porsche 911 R. There are fabric door pulls that mark out the Porsche 911 R as one of the ‘elite’ however negligible their weight savings is. The Porsche 911 R comes with a massive price tag as well. It costs a lot more than the GT3 RS. The production is limited to 911 cars as the name suggests.
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