Full Article: 2016 Porsche 911 R ditches turbo ahead of Geneva
Porsche’s Geneva debut will be a homologated race car
Porsche unveiled its latest iteration of the 911 — the 911 R. Debuting at the Geneva motor show, the Porsche R will exist for folks who think the GT3 RS needs a manual transmission and is just a smidge too heavy — or 110 pounds too heavy, to be exact. The 911 R features a fighting weight of 3,021 pounds, a significant reduction over the already light GT3.
Powered by the same naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six from the GT3 RS, the 911 R produces 500 hp at 8,250 rpm and 338 lb-ft of torque at 6,250. From a standing start, it takes just 3.7 seconds to reach 60 mph, and if you continue pushing, you’ll eventually hit a top speed of 201 mph. A rev-matched six-speed moves the power to the mechanically locking rear diff. Slowing from high speeds should be manageable with 16.1-inch front and 15.4-inch rear carbon ceramic rotors.
Of course, cutting weight from the already light GT3 RS meant dumping some creature comforts like air conditioning and audio speakers, but for those yearning for total performance, it’s worth it. Otherwise, you can always option those back on for no extra cost.
Limited to just 991 units, this $185,950 Porsche carries the price of its build and limited numbers. Will it be the answer to purists’ prayers? We’ll find out this summer when it hits the streets, and hopefully the tracks.