As with the first 911 R, the real focus of the 911R is on shedding weight. So, along with the polycarbonate rear screen, stripped out interior, light wheels and carbon-fibre front wings you’ll find standard ceramic brake discs, a titanium exhaust system and the option of a single mass flywheel. All told, this reduces its weight to 1,370kg, 135kg less than the mass of a standard, entry level Carrera 2.
Because it has the same engine but less weight, lower frictional losses through the gearbox and reduced drag, the 911 R is actually quicker than an RS, reaching 201mph instead of 193mph. That said, the manual gearbox and skinnier rear tyres restricts the 0-62mph time to just 3.8 seconds, a whole half second slower than the RS.
On the road, none of this matters. The gearbox is superb, far more precise and mechanical in its action than Porsche’s seven-speed transmission and a perfect fit for a car who’s only brief is to provide on road driving pleasure. The engine is one of the finest on sale, prising an astonishing 500hp from just four naturally aspirated litres and allied to that titanium exhaust, capable of making a noise at 8,800rpm you’d be happy to have played at your funeral.