Porsche 911 R is Official

After some photos leaked online, Porsche has finally revealed its 911 R at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show.

The Porsche 911 R (R means Racing) inherits the name of a historic model: a road-homologated racing car from 1967.

Coming as a limited edition of 991 units, the Porsche 911 R sports a curb weight of 1,370 kg (3020lbs), the lightest version of the 911 currently.

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Porsche 911 R rear side

A six-cylinder flat engine with a displacement of four liters from the 911 GT3 RS works hard at the rear of the Porsche 911 R to deliver 500hp at 8,500 rpm and to generate 460 Nm at 6,250 rpm.  A six-speed sports transmission transfers the power from the engine to the rear wheels.

In terms of acceleration, the 911 R takes 3.9 seconds to display 62 mph in the speedometer and if you step on the gas you can reach 200 mph (323km/h) at the top speed.

With 1,370 kilograms, the Porsche 911 R is 50 kilograms (110 pounds) lighter than the 911 GT3 RS. Bonnet and wings are made of carbon and the roof of magnesium. Rear windscreen and rear side windows consist of lightweight plastic. Also, to save weight, Porsche reduced insulation in the interior and the omitted a rear bench seat.

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Porsche 911 R front three-quarters in motion

The exterior is very similar to the 911 GT3 RS but without the rear wing,  a retractable rear spoiler is used instead. The centrally positioned sports exhaust system consists of the lightweight titanium. A redesigned spoiler lip is installed at the front. Two stripes (available in red or green) go  from the bonnet to the engine cover and decals are placed on the sides of the vehicle, a detail coming from the legendary predecessor.

As stated, the Porsche 911 R is limited to 991 units and all of them are allegedly sold. The prices are from €189,544 (German price). Production starts in May.

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