Porsche revealed the latest version of its renowned 911 sports car at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday.
Dubbed the 911R, the new Porsche is a contemporary take on a raw, old fashioned sports car.
The 911R – R represents “Race” – is a tribute to the Porshe 911R rally racer from the 1960s.
For this car, it seems that Porsche has taken a page out of the playbook of another memorable brand – Lotus.
In fact, Porsche has actually taken the British sports car maker’s slogan -“Streamline and include lightness” – and made it their own.
With the 911R, lightweighting has risen to a new level.
At only 3,021 pounds, it’s the lightest of the 22 various variations of the 911 money can purchase right now.
Instead of asking exactly what they desire, the 911R is asking its motorists exactly what they can do without.
It’s not here because if can be left out. Gone are the radio and a/c. Although they can be returned free of charge at the consumer’s request. The rear seat and much of its sound insulation has actually likewise been left out.
Even the interior door manages are gone! They have actually been replaced by door-opening loops.
That covers the streamline part.
Porsche’s PDK dual clutch transmission is among the best around. It’s fast-shifting and highly efficient. However it’s also complex and heavy. Which is why the 911R comes just with a throwback 6-speed manual, fulfilled with a clutch pedal.
In addition, carbon fiber front hatch and fenders reduce weight over the front end, while a magnesium roofing decreases the center gravity.
In overall, the 911R is 110 pounds lighter than the current featherweight 911 GT3 RS track monster.
When all this lightness and simplicity is paired with a 500 horse power, 4.0-liter, naturally aspirated flat-6 engine, you get a cars with a producer asserted 0-60 time of 3.7 seconds and a track top speed of 200 miles per hour.
The 2016 Porsche 911R reaches US display rooms later this year with a base rate of $184,900. If you want one get in line now, due to the fact that there will just be 991 of the cars produced worldwide.