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.



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.



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’.


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.


James is the Founder and Editor of The Versatile Gent.

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