Porsche showed off its new 911 R at the Geneva Motor Show on March 1, a lightweight limited-production sports car available only with a manual transmission.
The 911 R is a throwback to Porsche’s intended-for-street-use homologation race cars of the past, and boasts pure performance without a lot of flash.
At just 1,370 kg, it’s one of the lightest versions of Porsche’s current 911, and with the 500 horsepower and 338 lb-ft of torque it cranks out of its four-litre flat-six, it’s got plenty of motivation.
That power is channeled through a six-speed manual and converted into zero-to-100 km/h times of 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 323 km/h (200 mph).
That aforementioned low curb weight – it even undercuts the top-spec 911 GT3 RS by 50 kg – is achieved in part by the use of a carbon-fibre hood and wings and magnesium roof, as well as the omission of a back seat and insulation. A radio and A/C are optional.
The looks of the 911 R give away little; yes, it has a front and rear apron from the 911 GT3, but besides that, it’s mostly just the red or green stripes that warn other drivers of the fact this 911 is a featherweight heavy-hitter.
Inside, the R gets an exclusive short-throw shifter and GT steering wheel, plus carbon bucket seats with tartan inserts, another throwback.
The 2017 Porsche 911 R hits Canadian showrooms in fall 2016, and will start at $211,000. Unfortunately, production will be limited to just 991 units globally.