Agile and Powerful, 911 R Brings Refined Driving Dynamics and Tons of Enhancements
2016 Porsche 911 R, unveiled today at the Geneva Show demonstrates a well-known formula, blended with contemporary approach towards premium feel and refined performance. With a total of 500hp (368kW) via 4.0-liter naturally-aspirated flat-six power unit, paired to a six-speed manual transmission, the latest 911 family member has a lot to demonstrate. Let's check it out!
The first thing that impressed us about the vehicle is its acceleration and performance rates: from standing start this beauty completes the 0-100km/h (62mph) run in 3.7 seconds and thanks to the smooth and fast gearshifts, along with the special body construction 911 R has the potential to reach a top speed of 323km/h (201mph) and offers a combined fuel consumption of 21.2 mpg.
Exterior and interior styling
At first sight, the body reminds of the Carrera, while the nose and tear body are similar to the 911 GT3. Also, the whole body construction, along with the drivetrain system are based on the 911 GT3 RS. So, is there something unique and special about the new 911 R?
Honestly, the design of this one is based on different Porsche vehicles and is not that appealing or distinctive. Staying in close relation with the original 911 GT3, this one also shows different rear wing and reatatchable rear spoiler with some aerodynamic improvements. Furthermore, the front and rear apron also come from the 911 GT3, but the different here is the restyled spoiler lip and the sport exhaust system with titanium components. Sweet.
On the other side, the interior offers carbon-fiber bucket seats, trimmed with special fabric center panels in Pepita tartan design, resembling the classic 911 models from the 1960s. Furthermore, there is a special R-specific 360mm diameter GT sports steering wheel and short shift gearlever and of course, clutch pedal in the footwell. There are also special carbon trim strips in the interior with embedded aluminum badge on the passenger's side to indicate the number of each 911 R. Why is that you may ask? Well...the thing is that this is a limited run of just 991 units, so if you are interested in buying one, you'd better hurry up.
Geared with exclusively fine-tuned rear-axle steering, direct turn-in and enhanced handling, the whole drivetrain system ensures high stability and maximum traction. Also, the advanced Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes are also part of the standard equipment. The disks measure 410mm in diameter on the front axle and 390mm at the rear.
We mentioned the lightweight construction. The overall weight of the vehicle is 1,370kg, which means that the team managed to remove additional 50 kilograms. The bonnet and front wheel-arches are now completely made of carbon-fiber, while the roof is made of magnesium and reduces the center of gravity. Some additional weight savings have been made by redesigning the cabin and the omission of rear bench seats.
2016 Porsche 911 R is already available for purchase and has a starting price of $190,897USD.