Porsche 911 R

 

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Porsche is a brand that is surrounded by fans that expect a connected driver’s experience more than any other brand. However, due to the market trends and strict regulations, Porsche has been making some engineering choices which seem to cater to everyone but the driving enthusiast. With the manual transmission gone from pretty much every Porsche 911 model except the Base and S models, and NA engines only on the GT models, the purists are far from happy. Luckily, Porsche has listened and are developing a 911 just to rectify that problem.

Porsche-911

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Dubbed the 911 R, Porsche will fundamentally make the perfect driver’s car. Firstly, the 911 R will essentially have the engine from the GT3. The naturally aspirated 3.8L flat six will develop somewhere in the neighbourhood of 500 horsepower. It will also have the 7 speed manual transmission instead of the 7 speed dual clutch PDK in the GT3 and GT3 RS. Porsche has stated on the record that the 911 R will be very much “a wolf in sheep’s clothing”. The 911 R will have subtle bodywork, closer to the more subdued Carrera S than the shouty GT3.

This is interesting on a couple of different levels. Firstly, this new 911 R model signifies that Porsche take their customer and fans’ criticisms seriously and are willing to engineer a solution for them. Secondly, it will be interesting to see how many of them will put their money where their mouth is and buy the 911 R. If the car is half the success that the Cayman GT4 is, I think we will have a real winner on out hands. No doubt that the 911 R will be a favourite among collectors.

Expect the Porsche 911 R to debut at next year’s Geneva Motor Show in March. It will most likely have a pretty steep price tag when it goes into production.

Porsche-911-Turbo

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