Savage Porsche 911 R Breaks Free At Geneva Motor Show

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Porsche has unleashed the limited edition 911R at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The 'R' in the 911 R stands for racing and the new car pays homage to the racing Porsche 911 R's from 1967 that raced in road races like the Targa Florio.

porsche 911 r front three quarter profile

Powering the 911 R is the 4-0litre naturally aspirated flat six engine from the 911 GT3 RS which pumps out 493bhp at a manic 8,250 rpm and generates 460 Nm at 6,250 rpm. The 911 R sends it power to the reear wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox.

Thanks to the boatload of power and a kerbweight of 1,370 kilograms, the 911 R can punch its way to 100km/h in just 3.8 seconds and maxxes out 323km/h.

Style wise, the 911 R is a GT3 RS without all the fancy bodywork though it retains the wider profile of the GT3 RS. The fixed spoiler has also made way for an electronically operated one.

Red racing stripes are the only distinguishing cosmetic feature other the 911 R badging that makes the new car stand out from the rest of the 911 family. 

Inside, the car has the same spartan look of the 911 GT3 RS with the rear seats, air conditioning and radio have all been binned.

The 911 R will go on sale in May and only 991 examples will ever be made. The 911 R is priced at €189,544 in Germany.

Story first published: Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 18:20 [IST]
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