2016 Porsche 911 GT3 R Is the Awesome Racing Version of the 911 GT3 RS, Costs Half a Million Euro

Porsche might have almost completed the 911 line-up (sans the GT2 bits) when it released the 2016 GT3 RS, but their track-confined models are still arriving. Ladies and gentlemen racers, meet the 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 R.
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Ever since the 991 generation of the Porsche 911 came to the world, Porsche has launched a new racing incarnation every year. Thus, the GT3 RS-based GT3-R we have here follows the standard 911-based 991 RSR, the 991 GT3 Cup (built on the GT3), as well as the 991 GT America (also using the GT3 as a base).

However, you can never have too many of these racecars, since the 991 generation base brings plenty of advantages. For instance, the longer wheelbase makes the car more stable while the engine sits a bit closer to the center of the vehicle, which improves the balance.

The engineers might have used the 911 GT3 RS as a starting point, but the circuit machine is far, far away from the track special you can drive on the street.

A hefty diet

It all starts with a massive diet, which sees the vehicle tipping the scales at 1,250 KG (2,756 LBS). For the sake of comparison, we’ll mention the GT3 RS weighs in at 1,420 KG (3,130 LBS). The menu included CFRP doors, engine cover, rear wing, wheel arches, front and rear aprons, as well as polycarbonate windows. As a first, even the windscreen uses this type of material.

The aero pack is just as important. The two main ingredients here are the rear wing, which is two meters wide, and the centrally-mounted radiator. Just like the 911 RSR, the GT3 R gets rid of the side radiators to bring the center of gravity towards the ideal position, as well as improve crash protection.

At the back

As for the engine, Porsche brags this is “largely identical” to the 4-liter flat six you can buy in the showroom, delivering over 500 atmospheric HP. The PDK is gone though, making room for a six-speed sequential box. The power is sent to the road via 310 mm-section rear tires while the suspension has been completely reworked.

In terms of stopping power, this motorsport-dedicated Neunelfer turns to massive steel discs - 380 mm units up front and 372 rotors at the back, hidden behind 18-inch wheels.

So, how much does it cost to have Porsche’s finest engineers transform the GT3 RS into a racecar for you? EUR429,000 and that’s without VAT. Deliveries are set to debut in December this year, with the competitional debut is expected for the 2016 Rolex 24 at Daytona in January 2016.

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