Porsche have finally brought us car for the purists. The 911 R harks back to the 1967 road-going racer that competed in the famous Targa Florio rally.
The 911 R will feature a naturally aspirated 4-litre flat 6 engine, producing 368 kW and 460 Nm, which is hooked up to a 6-speed manual gearbox for the first time.
Like the road-going racer, the new 911 R is designed to be as lightweight as possible. Weighing in at 1,370 kg’s, it will be the lightest 991 to date.
In terms of performance, the 4-litre revs to 8500 rpm. The lightweight package means 0-100 is done in 3.8 seconds, and carries on to a 323 km/h top speed, while fuel economy is rated at 13.3 l/100km on the combined cycle.
In keeping with the road-going racecar theme, the 911 R will feature a mechanical locking diff, instead of an electronic one. The car will also feature Porsche’s Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) as standard.
The centre-locking, 20” forged aluminium wheels are wrapped in ultra high performance tyres for the ultimate driving experience.
The 911 R is 50 kg’s lighter than the 911 GT3 RS. The bonnet and front wings are made from carbon, and the roof is made from magnesium. The side- and rear windows are made from a lightweight plastic. All this is to achieve the lowest centre of gravity possible.
The air-conditioning and radio have now become optional, as is the rear seat. The 911 R manages without a fixed rear wing, but rather sports a retractable wing teamed with an underbody diffuser, which is unique to the R.
Inside, the driver sits in a carbon full bucket seat with fabric centre panels in Pepita tartan design, recalling the first 911 in the 1960s. The new car comes with an “R-specific” GT sport steering wheel. The gear-shifter and clutch pedal are R-specific units as well. The pull strap door openers are atypical feature of GT cars.