A 493bhp (500PS), four-litre, naturally aspirated flat-six engine driving just the rear wheels and controlled through a manual gearbox. That’s a sentence that just sent a couple of Porsche purists crashing to the ground, weakened at the knees.
Meet the new 911 R, the limited-edition ultimate road-hero from Porsche, built to honour the iconic homolgation special, released in 1969 to aid Porsche’s assault on the Tour de France and Targa Florio.
Like the original, the new 911 R is designed to give the driver the ultimate pure driving experience, one to be enjoyed on the road while the GT3 and GT3 RS spend their days hammering round the track. Speaking of the GT3 RS, the race-bred four-litre motor in the R is the same engine found (and raved about) in the RS, but this time mated to that short-throw six-speed manual ‘box.
Under the skin you’ll find rear-wheel steering, humongous (410mm front, 305mm rear) carbon discs and Porsche’s excellent Porsche Stability Management (PSM). Outside the bonnet and front wheel arches are fashioned from carbon-fibre to save weight, the roof is magnesium (reducing the centre of gravity) and the rear windscreen and rear side windows are lightweight plastic. Also helping to shed the pounds is reduced sound insulation in the interior and the removal of the rear bench seat – this is a strict two-seater.
Inside driver and passenger sit in a carbon-fibre bucket seats, trimmed with bespoke fabric centre panels in a tartan design, a nod to the first 911 in the 1960s. The interior is finished with carbon trim strips and an embedded aluminum badge on the passenger’s side, indicating the limited number of each 911 R.
Only 991 Rs will be manufactured, delivered from June and costing £136,901, so you’d better get moving.