The Porsche 911 is synonymous with handling, stability and precision. Over the years the Porsche 911 has become more sophisticated and complicated, but it retains the title of the most involving car to drive. With the 2017 Porsche 911R, the engineers in Stuttgart have tried to return the happiness that was lost in this new-age world of electronics. It made it's debut at the ongoing Geneva Motor Show
This car pays homage to the original 1967 Porsche 911R. The original one could not pass homologation and hence only 27 pieces exist in the world, making it an absolute treasure!
The '67 sported a manual transmission, which is the MOST special thing carried forward to the '17 model.
Mechanically speaking, it is a cross between the 911 GT3 and the GT3 RS. The engine is a naturally-aspirated 4.0 liter flat six producing a shattering 500 bhp, with close 530 Nm of torque going through the rear wheel, the same as the 911 GT3 RS. *drumroll* Again, it's got a 6-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION!! It is THE most special thing about this car and is also rare thing in today's time and age. It's 'that' Porsche that simply does not care about lap times, rather wants to play with your emotions and engage you with every kilometer you drive. It's for the Purist.
The time taken from 0-100 in this beauty is 3.7 seconds . And if you're lucky enough to find a 'closed' road, you can reach upto 200 MPH!! The science behind these mind boggling numbers is the weight reduction techniques that are being used by Porsche in this model - for example, Porsche did a lot to make the 911R lighter than the GT3 RS, using only carbon fiber for the front fenders and luggage compartment; magnesium for the roof, and front and side "glass." The total curb weight for the 911 R is 1370 kgs, which is a whole 54 kgs lighter than the GT3 RS
Porsche also did some work to the 911 R's chassis to make it a joy in the corners and not scrub off the oh-so-expensive underbody. The rear-axle steering system has been tweaked to provide precise handling and improved stability along with the optional 'Lift', which gives you an inch more of clearance. The 911 R's exterior comes with red or green racing stripes as standard, a pop-up rear wing, and a rear diffuser which looks like it really does the job! Inside are a set of bucket seats with 'houndstooth' fabric and carbon fiber backsides. The steering wheel is specially crafted for this R model. It doesn't come with an A/C and Infotainment system, unless you ask for it.
Large ceramic composite brakes help bring the 911 R to a stop, and a set of 20-inch wheels feature center-locking hubs.
It certainly comes with an BIG price tag of £136,901, which is considerably more than the GT3 RS. But given that is only target it the enthusiast and the fact production is limited to only 991 cars, that’s probably the cheapest a 911 R will ever be. Its going to be one of those collectors cars soon enough
Woah the 911R looks like a beast. So glad they plonked the 4.0-litre flat six from the GT3 RS. I guess Porsche saved at least 10kg by doing away with the GT3 RS' spoiler. This one surely go into the history books as a classic pretty soon. Would love to see a couple of examples here in India.
Talking about that lovely interior, this what Andreas Preuninger had to say. "The interior of the car should continue to be what it is on the outside. It should be pure. For me, this is not a car you get in and drive. It should be like dressing up or that right pair of jeans. As soon as you get in the car everything should fall into place. For me, it's almost a spiritual experience driving a car to be honest. Everything should be crisp and mechanical. Like the gear lever for instance, it feels like a rifle bolt. That's the way it's supposed to be. A car still is a sum of its mechanical components. It should feel like one. Not like driving an iPhone. I like iPhones but I like to get a mechanical, crisp feedback of a car." Well said Mr Preuninger. You are my hero!
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