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Porsche 911 R: GT3 RS power, with a manual gearbox

New Porsche 911 R has been built to appeal to purists, combining the power and handling of a GT3, with a manual gearbox

Porsche has revealed the first images and details of the new Porsche 911 R, a special model designed to appeal to the ‘Purist’, harking back the original 1967 model of the same name. This means that it combines the most powerful naturally-aspirated GT3 RS engine with a rear-wheel drive chassis, and perhaps most importantly, a six-speed manual gearbox. 
The original 911 R was the lightest 911 ever built, and today the 2017 model has been engineered to provide great thrills on the road, rather than all-out lap time on the track. Thanks to that manual gearbox, even less sound proofing and a couple of other weight-saving measures, the R tips the scales at 50kg less than the already particularly lean GT3 RS.
Although the GT3 RS’s 4.0-litre flat-six engine remains unchanged, producing 493bhp at 8250rpm and 339lb ft at 6250rpm, the manual transmission allows slightly more power to hit the road due to smaller losses. This means some seriously impressive performance, with 0-62mph coming in just 3.8secs, while the top speed is conservatively quoted at 201mph. 
The high top speed is possible due to the fact the R generates less aerodynamic drag the GT3 and GT3 RS models. There is no fixed rear wing, although the automatic rear spoiler has been tweaked to raise slightly higher than the regular Carrera. Most of the aerodynamic work has been done on the underside of the car, with the aim of improving high-speed stability. 
Utilising the standard 991 Porsche’s manual gearbox casing, the internals are all-new, making this a unique transmission to the R. The R retains the GT3’s rear-wheel steering system, although this has been recalibrated to be even more responsive. 
Just 991 examples will be built, and there’s a basic price of £134,000. 

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