27 April 2016
The new 911 R, produced in a limited edition of 991 and presented at the last Geneva Motor Show, goes well beyond the aesthetic and technological updating of a glorious model of the sixties. Instead it can be said to be an intelligent evolution of typical Porsche purity in a contemporary key. To get what we’re talking about, it’s not necessary to go back to 1967, when “R” for racing was added to the already celebrated number to identify a model that would go on to triumph on the track and in rallies. No, to understand the new 911 R we need to focus above all on the concept of lightness. The use of high-tech materials like carbon fiber for the hood, seats and wheel housing and magnesium for the roof has in fact made it possible to reduce the weight to 1,370 kg, 50 less than the high-performance GT3 RS. And the choice of a six-speed manual gearbox instead of an automatic dual-clutch transmission has saved around 22 kg more. The quest for lightness is perfectly in keeping with the essentiality proper to a racing car: a reduction in soundproofing material, no back seats, no air conditioning (it’s an optional, like the radio). The engine is the naturally aspirated six-cylinder boxer of its sister, the 911 GT3 RS, with horsepower of 500 that allows it to reach a top speed of 323 kph and accelerate from 0-100 in a scorching 3.8 seconds. The rear-axle steering gives it an edge on any road with bends and the ceramic composite brakes ensure fast stops and high resistance. Study of the aerodynamics has also led to a revamping of the underbody, which ends in an exclusive rear diffuser that contributes to the car’s balance. A last touch of modern elegance and reduction in weight is provided by the dual titanium exhaust. Attention is paid to every detail in order to offer the authentic pleasure of driving a sports car, with the support of the most innovative technology and materials. Irresistible distinguishing marks: white paint job, red stripes.