2017 Porsche 911 R Officially Revealed, Only 991 Units Will Be Made

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Porsche has finally unveiled the 911 R, the lightest street-going version of its iconic model. Naturally, it is a limited edition that will only be made in 991 units worldwide.
As previous reports informed, the new 911 R features a four-liter flat-six engine that develops 500 HP. The naturally aspirated unit only comes with a six-speed manual gearbox, and the package is completed by a lightweight body.

Porsche’s return to the legendary name brings us a unique model in their range, that only weighs 1,370 kilograms (3,020 pounds). This means that the 911 R is the lightest version of the 991 generation of the sports car.

The powerplant delivers peak output at a stratospheric 8.250 rpm and produces a maximum torque of 460 Nm (339 lb-ft) at 6.250 rpm.

The new 911 R goes from 0 to 60 MPH (0-96 km/h) in only 3.7 seconds. Meanwhile, its top speed is of 201 MPH (323 km/h). Average fuel consumption in the NEDC standard mixed cycle is 13.3 liters/100 km (17.7 mpg).

Even though this version of the 911 is the lightest in the range, it still features rear-axle steering. The car also comes with a mechanical limited slip rear differential, and with Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes as standard.

The front brake discs have a diameter of 410 millimeters, while the ones on the rear axle have a diameter of 390 mm. The carbon-ceramic elements are hidden by a set of lightweight, forged aluminum wheels with a center locking system, finished with matte paint.

Porsche did not stop here, as it developed bespoke settings for its Porsche Stability Management system for this version of the 911, and it also offered an optional single-mass flywheel for this engine. Furthermore, the German sports car manufacturer also provides a special, button-activated, double-declutch function for perfect downshifts. If customers want more usability out of their 911 R, Porsche offers a lift system that raises ground clearance on the front axle by 30 millimeters at the touch of a button.

Since this car is optimized for low weight and maximum performance for a road-going vehicle, the air conditioning system and the sound system are considered optional items. Meanwhile, the interior has "Pepita tartan" seat upholstery, and even goes to remove the door handles for a set of textile pull straps, just like in racing cars.

This is certainly the purest version of the current generation of the 911, so if you want one of the last 911s with a manual transmission, naturally aspirated flat-six engine, and not much else, get your checkbook.

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