Porsche 911 991 R

Date of unveil by Porsche AG: March 1, 2016
Premiere: March 1, 2016 Geneva Motor Show (Salon International de l'Auto et accessoires) press day
Market launch: May 2016

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Technical specification and comparison

Modification Engine kW lb-ft Nm Gearbox 60 mph 100 km/h 160 km/h 200 km/h mph km/h kg lb W/lb W/kg Nord-
schleife
2016 911 991 R 4.0B6 368 338 460 manual 6-speed 3.7 sec. 3.8 sec. 201 323 1370 3020 122 269
2015 911 991 GT3 RS 4.0B6 368 338 460 PDK 7-speed 3.2 sec. 3.3 sec. 7.1 sec. 10.9 sec. 193 310 1420 3130 118 259 7:20
2013 911 991 GT3 3.8B6 350 324 440 PDK 7-speed 3.3 sec. 3.5 sec. 7.5 sec. 11.4 sec. 196 315 1430 3153 111 245 7:30
Please note: year is introduction year, not model year.

The 991.2 generation 911 had been on the market for half a year already, when suddenly one more version of the 991.1 was launched - the 911 R. The 2016 911 R is a 991 GT3 minus the rear wing plus engine from the 991 GT3 R (an engine developed from the GT3 RS 4.0 - with internal modifications) plus 997 GT manual gearbox. It is a car for the people who started to love Porsches during the Ferry Porsche era (he passed away in 1998). The car is for people who have above average driving skills. The car is for people who set more value to the inner beauty than to the outer beauty. Thanks to the aerodynamic body, the 991 R is 8 mph/13 km/h faster in top speed than the not so aerodynamic 991 GT3 RS.

There was a model with the same name in 1967. In 1967 the 911 R scored its first victory at the 84-hour endurance event and was at that event equipped with the Sportomatic gearbox - a gearbox without clutch pedal. So, you would expect the 2016 911 R come with the PDK gearbox, but luckily it was made with the manual gearbox. And interestingly so, the 991 R got the 6-speed manual gearbox from the 997 and not the 7-speed manual from the 991 (the 7th speed is an overdrive gear anyway for lowering the fuel consumption, top speed is achieved in 6th gear). In order to get the weight down, the 991 R was equipped with manual gearbox, ceramic brakes, CFRP (carbon fibre reinforced plastic) front wings and front lid, magnesium roof panel, plastic rear windows and rear side windows, deleted were the rear seats, the automatic air conditioning system and the stereo. The chassis came from the 991 GT3, so along came the rear wheel steering, which might not go with the philosophy of a lightweight car for skilled driver (the GT3 Cup does not have rear wheel steering).

The 991 R was offered in white and silver, but PTS (paint to sample) was possible. The dashboard was black and the seats either in black or brown. Although Porsche press release from March 1, 2016, stated that the cars could now be ordered, in reality the cars were all sold out months before.

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Front lid and wings are made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic and the roof of magnesium© Porsche
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Front spoiler and wheels from the GT3 © Porsche
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Green stripes, clear glass taillights and dark wheels © Porsche
Lime Green (Lindgrün) Porsche 911 991 R
Special order Lime Green 911 R © BBI Autosport
991 R, GT3 RS engine under cover
The cover under the engine mimicks the looks of a diffuser, but naturally cannot work as a diffuser being so thin and small (in order to have room at the back for the real diffuser, the engine in the 991 RSR racing car was rotated 180 degrees and placed in front of the rear axle) © BBI Autosport
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911 R logo
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Porsche 911 991 R rear lid
Lime Green with black stripes © BBI Autosport
991 R engine service lid open
That's how much there is to be seen under the "engine lid" of the 991. In order to replace the air filters, rear bumper and lamps have to be removed. © BBI Autosport
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The stripes were optional © Porsche
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Plastic rear window and rear side windows © Porsche
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This one has been painted in GT Silver Metallic © James Herne / Stuttcars.com
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911 R without the optional stripes © James Herne / Stuttcars.com
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991 R interior view, bucket seat
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991.2 steering wheel in a 991.1 © Porsche
Porsche 911 991 6-speed gear lever
6-speed manual gearbox. It is stronger than the 7-speed manual of the 991 Carrera. © BBI Autosport
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One-piece buckets came as standard, but foldable buckets and usual sports seats were also available© Porsche
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Pepita houndstooth/tartan cloth is a classic© Porsche
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Radio was optional. No radio is a bit too much for a street car.© Porsche
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000 is the number on the prototype © Porsche
Porsche 911 991 carbon floor mat
Carbon-fibre floor mats © BBI Autosport
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