At the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, Porsche wowed car dealers, owners and enthusiasts with the newest addition to its line of sports cars – the Porsche 911 R. It was designed to showcase the traditional Porsche with a twist, depending on its owner. The 911 R is designed so that customers are given the opportunity to give their 911 Rs a personal touch. Before we discuss the different ways of how you can customize your own Porsche 911 R, let us first look into the things that set it apart from other sports cars. The new Porsche 911 R still comes in the classic 911 appearance but with the GT motor racing technology.
Just like the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, the 911 R is powered by a 4.0-liter six-cylinder boxer engine and was developed in the Porsche Motorsport workshop. It can provide a maximum output of 500 horsepower at 8,250 rpm and a peak torque of 460 Nm at 6,250 rpm; these allow the 911 R to hit 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds only.
Furthermore, the Porsche 911 R has an estimated top speed of 201 mph. No bad, huh? The Porsche 911 R is offered with a six-speed manual sports transmission only and no automatic transmissions for this vehicle. For it to be a more interactive and responsive experience, the 911 R features a short gearshift travel. It also features an NEDC fuel consumption of 21.2 mpg or 13.3 liters per 100 kilometers. How efficient is that?
Its dynamic stopping, handling and turning capabilities make the 911 R a power player in its own course. To aid the Porsche 911 R to maximize its speed, it has been designed to be lighter and more stable as compared to the 911. The Porsche 911 R is also all about versatility. It weighs around 1,370 kg and is 50 kg lighter than the 911 GT3 RS.
It is made of light materials such as the following: carbon fiber for the bonnet and front wheel-arches, magnesium used for the roof, lightweight plastic on the rear windscreen and rear side windows, and titanium for the sports exhaust system. To make it even lighter, the rear bench seat and sound insulation in the interior were taken out. The Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes of the PCCB complement the propulsion powers of the 911 R through its stopping and deceleration power.
The PCCB features discs with a diameter of 410mm on the front axle while it has a 390 mm diameter on the rear portion. The PCCB has become a standard for every Porsche 911 R. On the other hand, 911 R’s Ultra High Performance Tires does all the talking when it comes to traction. The tires have a width of 245 mm at the front and 305 mm at the rear and are wrapped with lightweight, forged aluminium with center-locking and a matte finish.
This makes the 911 R a monster when it comes to twisting roads. It has an outstanding direct turn-in capability and a specially tuned rear-axle steering perfect for stable handling. For optimal traction, the mechanical rear limited slip differential does its job.
The Porsche Stability Management or PSM was adapted during the development of the 911 R to allow a more focused driving experience. It also features a double-declutch function that is perfect for gearshifts (especially when changing to a lower gear) that is enabled by one push of a button, hassle free. Now, let us know about the configurations a 911 R can make. First of all, the 911 R comes in two body colors: white or GT Silver Metallic.
Aside from this, 911 R owners can make choices for the racing stripes and the colors that stand out are the red and green racing stripes. There are actually more options but these two have really caught our attention. To further reduce the weight of the 911R, a $2,300 lightweight battery is also given as an option as well as carbon fiber floor mats with leather edging and stitching (which are available for only $740).
A $370 HD radio receiver is also offered as well as a free air conditioning system for those who prefer to have it installed. The engine can be specified with an optional single-mass flywheel making an “improvement in the powerplant’s spontaneity and high-rev responsiveness”. And for a more exciting feature in your customizable Porsche 911 R, customers can also avail of a lift system where with one push of a button, the ground clearance of the front axle can be raised by around 30 mm. The Porsche 911 R is the lightest, most versatile of all the Porsche models. And for a threshold of $200,000, 911 R owners can now pimp their rides to their liking.