Most of the gearheads admit that the latest 911GT3 could have been more fun to drive with manual transmission instead of PDK automatic. There is good news for all those Porsche purists, welcome the all new Porsche 911R with manual transmission.
Porsche has unveiled the 500hp 911R at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The 911R is a lighter version of GT3 RS without its massive rear wing, and features the same naturally aspirated 4.0-litre flat six engine which delivers 500hp and 460Nm of peak torque. The power is routed to rear wheel through six-speed manual transmission. The new Porsche 911R can sprint from 0-60mph in just 3.7 seconds and can achieve a top speed of 200mph (322 km/h). It’s still slower than the both PDK equipped GT3 & GT3 RS, which can complete the same task in 3.3 and 3.1 seconds respectively.
The chassis and suspension are borrowed from the track-prepped GT3 and stuffed them in 911R without the race-track oriented aerodynamic parts. It features the retractable rear spoiler instead of GT3’s fixed rear wing. The rear-wheel steering system, the rear differential lock and the Porsche Stability Management System (PSM) has been specially tuned for 911R. The rear-axle steering gives the sports car precise handling, and high stability, while the differential built up maximum traction.
The 911R rolls on 20-inch centre-locking forged aluminium wheels, which are wrapped in high performance tyres. The speed can be held safely in check with 410-mm Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) discs on the front and on the rear with 390-mm discs.
The new Porsche 911R has a curb weight of 1370kg and it is the lightest version of 991 to date. Considerable efforts have taken for weight saving measures which includes, the removal of rear bench seat, composite fibre bonnet and wheel arches, a magnesium roof panel, a newly designed rear diffuser and the light weight titanium exhaust system.
The interior has also received a significant upgrade and features a central console mounted 7-inch multi-touch display with GPS and Smartphone connectivity, the R-specific three-spoke steering wheel finished in black, carbon-fibre inserts on the dashboard, a revised instrument cluster and carbon-fibre seats wrapped in tartan cloth.
The production of 911R will be limited to only 991 units, and each will cost upwards of £137,000 excluding tax in the European market.