Porsche's wolf in sheep's clothing
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Porsche is unveiling a truly pure 911 in classic design at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show in the new 911 R.
With 368 kW (500 hp) from its four-litre naturally aspirated flat engine and six-speed sports transmission the 911 R follows firmly in the tradition of its historic predecessor: the roadhomologated racing car from 1967.
Produced as part of a limited production series, the original 911 R (R for Racing) performed in rallies in the Targa Florio together with world record runs. Like its legendary predecessor, the new 911 R relies on systematic lightweight construction, maximum performance and an unfiltered driving experience. This special limited-edition model of 991 units has an overall weight of 1,370 kilograms and is currently the lightest version of the 911.
With the high-revving six-cylinder naturally aspirated engine and manual sports transmission, Porsche is once again displaying its commitment to especially emotional high-performance sports cars. Developed in the motorsport workshop, the 911 R extends the spectrum of highperformance naturally aspirated engines alongside the 911 GT3 and 911 GT3 RS.
At work in the rear of the 911 R is the six-cylinder flat engine with a displacement of four litres, familiar from the 911 GT3 RS. This racing engine delivers 368 kW (500 hp) at 8,250 rpm and generates 460 Nm of torque at 6,250 rpm.
The rear-engined machine breaks through the 100 km/h barrier in 3.8 seconds. In keeping with the truly pure character of the car, the 911 with its lightweight design is available exclusively with a six-speed sports transmission. Short gearshift travel underlines the active driving experience. The forward thrust of the 911 R continues to a speed of 323 km/h. Combined fuel consumption in the NEDC is 13.3L/100 km.
A thoroughbred driving machine: technology from the race track
The 911 R could almost have been made for tight corners. The specially tuned standard rear-axle steering guarantees especially direct turn-in characteristics and precise handling while maintaining high stability. The mechanical rear differential lock builds up maximum traction.
Ensuring the greatest possible deceleration is the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) package fitted as standard. The rotors measure a generous 410 mm at the front and 390 mm at the rear. Ultra high performance 245 mm tyres (front) and 305 mm (rear) mm are mounted on forged 20-inch lightweight wheels with central lock finished in matt aluminium.
Motorsport development has specially adapted the control systems of the Porsche Stability Management (PSM) for the 911 R. 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 as is the optional single-mass flywheel.
The result is a significant improvement in engine spontaneity and high-revving dynamics. For unrestricted everyday practicality a front axle lift system which raises ground clearance by approximately 30 mm at the touch of a button will be standard on models sold in Australia.
With its overall weight of 1,370 kilograms, the 911 R undercuts the 911 GT3 RS by 50 kilograms. Bonnet and wings are made of carbon and the roof of magnesium. This reduces the car’s centre of gravity. Rear windscreen and rear side windows consist of lightweight plastic. Additional factors are the reduced insulation in the interior and the omission of a rear bench seat.
The optional air conditioning system and the radio including audio system also fall victim to the slimming diet.
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. Just the nose and rear body familiar from the 911 GT3 hint at the birthplace of the 911 R: namely the motorsport department in Flacht.
In motorsport terms the 911 R has a lot to show beneath the skin: the drive technology comes 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 manages without the fixed rear wing. Instead, a retractable rear spoiler, familiar from the Carrera models, and a rear underbody diffuser specific to R models provide the necessary downforce. Front and rear guards come from the 911 GT3. The sports exhaust system consists of lightweight titanium. A redesigned spoiler lip is installed at the front. Porsche logos on the sides and continuous colour stripes in red or green over the entire mid-section of the 911 R show the relationship to its legendary predecessor.
The driver sits in a carbon full bucket seat with fabric centre panels in Pepita tartan design, recalling the first 911 in the 1960s. An “R-specific” GT sport steering wheel with a diameter of 360 mm receives steering commands from the driver. Gearshifts take place in traditional manner via an R-specific short gearshift lever and clutch pedal. Carbon trim strips in the interior with an embedded aluminium badge on the front passenger's side indicate the limited number of the 911 R. A typical feature of GT vehicles are the pull straps as door openers.
New Zealand is guaranteed an extremely limited number of the 911 R, with local deliveries expected towards the end of 2016. Pricing and specification will be confirmed shortly.