Purists will love reincarnated Porsche 911 (991) R seen at 2016 Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 2, 2016

Porsche has unveiled at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show the new Porsche 911 R – a race-bred road-going history-inspired sports car. It is a reincarnation of the original 911 R that Porsche launched in 1967.

This original version has participated in a number of iconic road races during its time, like the Tour de France and Targa Florio. It was part of a limited production series from the German sports car maker. Nearly half a century later, Porsche has reincarnated this iconic sports car. Thus, like the original version, the new Porsche 911 R offer pure driving experience.

Porsche will only build 991 examples of the 911 R around the world. The new Porsche 911 could also be specified with the optional air conditioning system and the audio system.

Interested customers could now place their orders for the new Porsche 911 R at Porsche Centres in the United Kingdom and Ireland for a starting price of £136,901. Porsche will commence deliveries of the 911 R in the UK in June.

Exterior Design

Interestingly, all lightweight components of the 911 R’s body and the complete chassis are derived from the 911 GT3, with the exception of the fixed rear wing as the 911 is intended to be driven on roads. In lieu of this fixed rear wing is a retractable rear spoiler that is also found on Carrera models.

This rear spoiler as well as a bespoke aerodynamic diffuser beneath the rear underbody provides the 911 R the needed downforce. Furthermore, the 911 R also features front and rear apron from the 911 GT3, but dons a re-designed spoiler lip on the front.

This familiar nose and rear body does not only make it seem that the new 911 R is related to the 911 GT3 and also indicates the origin of the sports car – Porsche’s Motorsport department in Flacht.

But beneath the body of the 911 R sit evidences that the new Porsche sports car is very similar to its 911 GT3 RS cousin, particularly with regards to drive technology.

In a nod to the original 911 R of 1967, the latest version of the sports car features continuous colored stripes (in red or in green) running over the entire mid-section of the new 911 R. Moreover, the 'Porsche' script can be found along each side of the 911 R.

Interior Design

Inside, the both the driver and the front passenger are treated to a carbon-fiber bucket seat. As homage to the original 911, the seats are trimmed with bespoke fabric center panels in Pepita tartan design.

Additionally, fabric pull straps on each door hints at the focused intent of all 911 models from the Porsche’s GT department. The driver will surely appreciate the R-specific 360 mm diameter GT sport steering wheel, a short shift gearlever, and the clutch pedal in the footwell.

To highlight the 911 R’s special and limited designation, the interior features carbon trim strips -- with an embedded aluminum badge on the passenger's side -- that signify the limited number of each 911 R.

Powertrain

Bearing classic 911 looks yet laden with GT motor racing technology, the new Porsche 911 R is definitely born for performance. Add to that the fact that this version of the 911 is powered by a high-revving 4.0-liter six-cylinder naturally aspirated boxer engine that powers the 911 GT3 RS.

After all, just like motor sport-inspired, track-bred 911 GT3 and 911 GT3 RS models, the new 911 R was developed in Porsche’s Motorsport workshop. This flat-six engine is able to provide a max output of 500 hp at 8,250 rpm and a peak torque of 460 Nm at 6,250 rpm, allowing the Porsche 911 to sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and reach an estimated top speed 201 mph (323 km/h).

This engine is mated to a six-speed manual sports transmission that features short gearshift travel, thereby resulting to a more interactive and responsive driving experience. In terms of efficiency, the new Porsche 911 R features a combined NEDC fuel consumption of 21.2 mpg (13.3 l/100 km). Power is the only thing that the new 911 R could be proud of. It is proud of its dynamic stopping, handling and turning capabilities.

It is also light and as stable as it is versatile. Complementing the propulsion prowess of this version of the 911 is its ample stopping and deceleration power courtesy of Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes or PCCB, featuring discs with diameters of 410 mm on the front axle and 390 mm on the rear. PCCB is fitted as standard on the new Porsche 911 R.

Traction is being taken care of by Ultra High Performance Tires with a width of 245 mm at the front and 305 mm at the rear, wrapped with lightweight, forged aluminum wheels with center-locking and a matte finish. Moreover, the 911 R is good enough to handle even twisting roads as it has outstanding direct turn-in and precise yet stable handling courtesy of specially-tuned rear-axle steering.

Optimal traction is guaranteed by the mechanical rear limited slip differential. During the development of the 911 R, Motorsport adapted the control systems of the Porsche Stability Management (PSM), thereby endowing the sports car with attributes that allow for a more focused driving experience. For instance, the 911 R features a double-declutch function that could be enabled by just a push of a button, enabling perfect gearshifts when changing down.

Likewise, the 911 R’s engine could be specified with an optional single-mass flywheel that results to a substantial improvement in the powerplant’s spontaneity and high-rev responsiveness. Furthermore, customers could also avail of a lift system to make the 911 R more versatile.

With a push of a button, this system could raise the ground clearance of the front axle by around 30 mm. Another significant contributor to the overall performance of the new Porsche 911 R is the fact that it is the lightest among all versions of the 911.

Weighing around 1,370 kg, the 911 R is around 50 kg lighter than the 911 GT3 RS. This lightweight character of the sports car is attributed to the use of light materials like carbon fiber (bonnet and front wheel-arches), magnesium (roof), lightweight plastic (rear windscreen and rear side windows) and titanium (sports exhaust system). Also, Porsche reduced the sound insulation in the interior of 911 R and got rid of a rear bench seat.

Press Release

Low volume special series with powerful naturally aspirated engine and manual transmission

Unveiled today at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show, the new Porsche 911 R is a pure-bred sports car built to conform to a time-honoured formula; a powerful 500 hp (368 kW) four-litre naturally-aspirated flat-six engine driving the rear wheels, a six-speed manual transmission, and a lightweight body. It is also limited to just 991 examples worldwide.

These characteristics place the 911 R firmly in the tradition of its historic namesake: a road-homologated racing car from 1967. Produced as part of a limited production series, the original 911 R was campaigned in iconic road races of the period, such as the Tour de France and Targa Florio, and also in world record runs.

Like its legendary predecessor, the new 911 R offers an unfiltered driving experience, delivered via systematic lightweight construction and a devotion to maximum performance: this special model has an overall weight of 1,370 kilograms and is thus the lightest version of the 911. With a high-revving six-cylinder naturally aspirated engine and manual sports transmission, Porsche is once again underlining 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 sport-inspired, track-bred models 911 GT3 and 911 GT3 RS.

In the rear of the 911 R lies the charismatic flat-six 'boxer' engine with a displacement of four-litres, familiar from the 911 GT3 RS. The race-bred engine delivers 500 hp at 8,250 rpm and generates 460 Nm at 6,250 rpm.

From a standing start, 0-60 mph is possible in 3.7 seconds. In keeping with the pure character of the 911 R, it is available exclusively with a six-speed manual sports transmission. The short gearshift travel emphasises the interactive driving experience. The forward thrust of the 911 R continues to a potential top speed of 201 mph (323 km/h), and Combined NEDC fuel consumption is 21.2 mpg (13.3 l/100 km).

A thoroughbred driving machine: technology from the race track
The 911 R could almost have been made for twisting roads. Fitted as standard with specially-tuned rear-axle steering, direct turn-in and precise handling is guaranteed while maintaining high stability. In addition, the mechanical rear limited slip differential ensures maximum traction.

Ensuring the greatest possible deceleration are Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB), also fitted as standard. The discs measure a generous 410 mm diameter on the front axle and 390 mm on the rear. Ultra High Performance Tyres of 245 mm width at the front and 305 mm width at the rear provide assured contact to the road. These are mounted on lightweight, forged aluminium wheels with centre-locking and matt-finish.

Motorsport development has adapted the control systems of the Porsche Stability Management (PSM) for the 911 R, tailoring the car for a focused and authentic driving experience. An optional single-mass flywheel for the engine is one example of this, resulting in a significant improvement in spontaneity and high-rev responsiveness of the engine. 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.

For broad everyday versatility, a lift system can also be ordered: it raises ground clearance of the front axle by approximately 30 mm at the touch of a button.

With an overall weight of 1,370 kg, the 911 R undercuts the 911 GT3 RS by 50 kg. The bonnet and front wheel-arches are made of carbonfibre and the roof is magnesium, which reduces the centre of gravity. Rear windscreen and rear side windows are lightweight plastic. Additional weight-saving factors are the reduced sound insulation in the interior and the omission of a rear bench seat.

The optional air conditioning system and the audio system also hint at the intense slimming regime.

Wolf in sheep's clothing: classic 911 look with GT motor racing technology
From the exterior, the 911 R gives a reserved impression. At first sight, the body resembles that of the Carrera. The nose and rear body will be familiar from the 911 GT3, and 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 skin: namely the drive technology from the 911 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 does not have the fixed rear wing familiar with that model. Instead, a retractable rear spoiler shared with the Carrera models and a bespoke aerodynamic diffuser beneath the rear underbody provides the necessary downforce.

The front and rear apron come from the 911 GT3, with a re-designed spoiler lip installed on the front. The sports exhaust system consists of the lightweight construction material titanium.

Continuous coloured stripes in red or green over the entire mid-section of the vehicle provide a visual cue to the legendary predecessor. A further leitmotif is provided by the 'Porsche' script along each side of the vehicle.

The driver and front passenger sit in a carbon-fibre bucket seat, trimmed with bespoke fabric centre panels in Pepita tartan design, a nod to the first 911 in the 1960s. Fabric pull straps on each door are a familiar hint to the focused intent of all 911 models from the GT department.

Ahead of the driver sits an R-specific 360 mm diameter GT sport steering wheel, and a short shift gearlever - not to mention the obvious clutch pedal in the footwell - contribute to the specific interior ambience. And underlining the special nature of this limited production model, carbon trim strips in the interior with an embedded aluminum badge on the passenger's side indicate the limited number of each 911 R.

Launch and prices
The new Porsche 911 R is available to order from today in Porsche Centres in the UK and Ireland, priced from £136,901. Limited to 991 units worldwide, first UK deliveries are scheduled for June.

The 911 R is arguably the ultimate road-focused 911 in the 53 year history of the model. It is certain to be appreciated by long-standing fans of the 911, and in particular those customers that have consistently owned, lived with and driven successive generations of this iconic sports car.

 

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