RM Sotheby’s will auction off Porsche 911 R Steve McQueen tribute this February

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 4, 2017

On February 8, 2017, a special version of the Porsche 911 R limited edition – one that pays tribute to legendary actor Steve McQueen – would change hands. It is because this PTS (Paint to Sample) Porsche 911 R McQueen tribute would be placed under the hammer at RM Sotheby’s auction event in Paris, France on that very day.

Porsche first unveiled the 2017 Porsche 911 R at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show with only 991 units produced and made available. Typically – when the PTS option is not availed – the 911 R will feature a livery the same as the 1967 911 R and will come with GT3 foundations and engine. The latest 911 R is essentially a 911 GT3 except for the fact that its 4.0-liter engine is not paired to a PDK transmission and features no rear wing. From the front end to the rear bumpers, the 911 R and the 911 GT3 look the same. Elements like its side skirts, rear fenders, wheels, and the mirrors are the same for the two models.

However, the absence of the PDK transmission means that the new 911 R is fitted with a six-speed transmission. While the PDK transmission boasts of quicker shift times and smoother gear changes, many see the manual transmission as vital elements for a vehicle to be a true driver’s car.

This is practically why -- despite the disadvantages -- the new 911 R is a hot-selling vehicle with just 991 made. To make up for the lack of aerodynamic benefits brought by the rear wing, Porsche gave the new 911 R a retractable spoiler derive from Carrera models and a redesigned front spoiler lip and rear underbody diffuser.

The 911 R is powered by a dynamic 4.0-liter engine that could deliver up to 500 hp of output and 339 lb.-ft. of torque – just like on the 911 GT3 RS. This engine and the manual transmission allow the 911 R to sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and reach a top speed of around 200 mph.

Notably, the new Porsche 911 R weighs around 50 kg lighter than the GT3, thanks to its carbon fiber fenders, front bonnet and rear hood as well as its magnesium-made roof. While 911 GT3 RS is designed for speed, the 911 R is made to deliver a more worthwhile experience between the car and the driver.

Now, the 911 R McQueen tribute up for auction is wrapped in a Slate Grey exterior color with silver accenting stripes on the bonnet. Its door panels feature yellow Porsche lettering on lower section. Inside, the 911 R McQueen tribute features a black leather cabin with bucket racing seats as well as hounds-tooth inserts. Moreover, the 911 R McQueen tribute comes with illuminated sill panels that say, "Racing is life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting."

Once sold, around 25 percent of the final auction price – above the reserve – will be donated to Gustave Roussy foundation, one of the leading cancer research institutes in the world.

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2016 Porsche 911 R

The introduction of the 991-generation of the 911 GT3 RS caused quite the fanfare amongst Porsche’s most faithful customers. Gone was the long-adored six-speed manual transmission, replaced with Porsche’s Doppelkupplungsgetriebe transmission in the relentless pursuit of performance. While some enthusiasts favoured the PDK transmission for its lightning-quick shift times and smooth gear changes, others saw the departure of the traditional six-speed manual as the departure of the true driver’s car.

Porsche heard its customer’s calls and promised something that would be truly incredible: a limited edition 911 with the drivetrain of the GT3 RS but catering to the temperament of the enthusiast driver by fitting a manual transmission. While the car was just rumoured, customers began begging dealerships to take their deposits and give them an allocation in sheer anticipation for what would be an incredible car.

The 911 R was finally introduced at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Mechanically similar to the GT3 RS, the 911 R enjoys numerous changes to the suspension, steering, and most notably, the custom-built six-speed manual. However, unlike the GT3 RS, the 911 R is not about the fastest possible lap time, it is about involving the driver with the car and creating the most enjoyable driving experience possible.

While only made available with two standard colours and stripe options, a handful of clients requested Paint to Sample (PTS) colours and were approved, instantly making those examples the most desirable and unique. This particular 911 R benefits from a host of Porsche Exclusive options and remains as one of the most unique examples seen to date. Delivered new to Paris, it is finished in Slate Grey with contrasting silver bonnet stripes and yellow Porsche lettering, and a Black leather interior and bucket seats with houndstooth inserts. Built as a tribute to Steve McQueen by its original owner, the car features personalized illuminated door sills inscribed with McQueen’s famous quote: ‘Racing is life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting.’

Furthermore, it is outfitted with the single mass flywheel, Bi-Xenon headlights in black, Bose sound system, Sport Chrono pack, personalized interior with custom floor mats, and the front nose lift, amongst other options. At the time of purchase, the original owner was told that there would not be another 911 R with the same colours or options. The original owner also specified number 967 to celebrate the original 911 R built for racing in 1967.

Finally, 25% of the car’s hammer price above its reserve (with a minimum of €25.000) will be given towards research for curing cancer in children, financed by the Gustave Roussy foundation. Located in Villejuif, just south of Paris, the Institut Gustave Roussy is one of the world’s leading cancer research institutes investing in cutting-edge technology and medicine, with the aim of making major advancements in the fight against cancer.

Tastefully specified with many unique features, including PTS, perhaps Porsche’s own slogan sums up the 911 R best: there is no substitute.

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