New Porsche 911 R for driving purists
The 2016 Porsche 911 R can now be ordered and will be arriving in the U.S.by late summer 2016.
The 911 R is a throwback to Porsche's intended-for-street-use homologation race cars of the past, and boasts pure performance without a lot of flash. This new 911 R sort of follows in the footsteps of those iconic vehicles.
Sadly, this is yet another special edition from Porsche and it's priced at over $190,000, making it pricier than the GT3 RS. Don't worry about that number though, the fact that only 991 are being produced means it will be sold out before you can even blink. The luxury sports auto is more than just a machine on wheels as it engages with the driver on every front.
The 911 R is powered by the GT3 RS's engine; that means a 4-liter naturally-aspirated flat-six-cylinder, producing just under 500hp.
The interior has been stripped of non-essential items like rear seats and aircon.
The Porsche 911 R comes standard without air conditioning or a sound system, however, both features can be ordered without incurring an additional charge.
That's despite the "R" denoting "Racing" and the 911 R name being taken from a limited run of production cars to deliver Porsche the homologation papers it needed to race the 911 in the 1967 sportscar road-racing racing season, including at events like the Targa Florio. The front and rear apron were also borrowed from the 911 GT3, with a re-designed spoiler lip installed on the front. But it's not all blatant thievery; a one-off lower lip sits out front, and optional Porsche logos and color stripes in either red or green are available for those who truly want to honor the R's legendary ancestor.
James Davison was third in the No. 33 Always Evolving Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3, while a 2:06.114 lap time by Martin Fuentes put the No. 07 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 fourth overall and quickest of the GTA competitors.
Inside, the R gets an exclusive short-throw shifter and GT steering wheel, plus carbon bucket seats with tartan inserts, another throwback.