Porsche 911 991 RDate 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
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-
|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|
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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