Car News 4 Mar 2016

Porsche reveal new 911R

Porsche has unveiled the new 911R at the Geneva Motor Show.  Lighter, naturally aspirated and featuring a manual gearbox, the new 911 is a more a road-focused version of the GT3 RS.

The new model comes with the same engine as the GT3 RS; a 493bhp, naturally aspirated 4.0 litre flat-six, driving the rear wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox.  0-60mph is covered in 3.7 seconds, hitting a top speed of 201mph – 8mph faster than the GT3.

The 911R is the lightest 991 yet, weighing in at 1370kg.  It features a carbon fibre bonnet, carbon fibre front arches, ceramic composite brakes and a magnesium roof.  The R receives rear-wheel steering, as well as centre-locking forged aluminium wheels, retractable rear spoiler and a rear diffuser.  Internally, there’s a bespoke R steering wheel, short-shift gearlever and an optional media system.

Only 991 examples of the 911R are being built by Porsche, each costing around £137,000.