Its been rumoured in the world’s motoring press for a while now – and could represent one of the last non-turbocharged sports cars that Porsche build – but the 911R has finally been launched at the Geneva International Motor Show.
Sporting a 4-litre flat six engine producing a whopping 500hp – and therefore reminiscent of the very rare 4-litre 997 GT3 that attracts massive figures whenever they appear on the used car market – the new car has a manual transmission together with a lightened body – 50kg lighter than the 991 GT3 RS. The bonnet and front wheel arches are carbon fibre, the roof a magnesium alloy and side and rear windows are plexi – just like a race car. There’s no rear bench seat either and air conditioning and audio systems are options. The sports exhaust system is titanium.
The original 911R – a road-homologated race car from 1967 – was part of a limited production series that was campaigned in the historic races of that period such as the Tour de France and Targa Florio.
Developed by their motorsport wing, this new 991 has an overall weight of 1370kg and its unique engine can take the car to a fraction over the 200mph ‘barrier’. A mechanical limited slip diff delivers maximum traction as the 500hp/460Nm torque engine powers you out of the corners; on a straight in ideal conditions you might reach 60mph in a mere 3.7 seconds but ceramic brakes ensure you can stop just as quickly. The response of its PSM stability management has been tailored for a more sporty drive; a single-mass flywheel is an option and – if you’re not able to do so yourself – a button activates a double de-clutch mode.
All of this might lead you to expect the car to carry the kind of enormous rear wing from the 991 Cup but instead, its more of a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” without so much as a duck tail at the rear.
Only 991 of this very special car will be produced with a UK price of £136k and deliveries expected from June. The chances are very likely that all of the UK allocation has already been sold.
Text: Chris Valentine; photos: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG