911 R: The Perfect Porsche

When you marry the best bits of the 911 GT3 and GT3 RS, then throw in a 6 speed manual gearbox – you get what Porsche have dubbed the 911 R. Its mission statement is simple: to offer the most engaging and emotional driving experience possible. It is a car constructed for the purist, and will no doubt become one of the hottest collectors items of the decade.

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At 1,370kg it’s the lightest 911 in the range, undercutting the GT3 RS by 50kg. And yet nestled in its rump is the same 493bhp 4.0-litre naturally-aspirated flat-six. Despite the weight saving from tossing the RS’s roll-cage and rear-wing, it will only launch from 0-100km/h in 3.7 seconds, 0.4 seconds behind the RS. It will however eclipse the the RS’ top speed, flattening out at 322km/h.

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The “R” denotes “Racing,” and the 911 R name was taken from a limited run of homologation special versions of the 911 from 1967 (which also ran twin stripes running nose to tail), to give the then-brash young brand a contender for classic European road races like the Targa Florio.

Magnus Walker has already posted pictures of the two generations side by side, including his own build dubbed the ‘STR’.

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Only 23 units of the original car where produced. The 911 R however will be produced in a run of 991 units, making it slightly more accessible, but certainly not affordable (it’ll be more expensive then the GT3 RS).

Check out the clip from Porsche below.

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James is the Founder and Editor of The Versatile Gent.

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