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This Is Porsche GT Division Boss Andreas Preuninger's Personal 911 R

You don't need to work in the automotive field to figure out that, when Porsche releases a 991-unit limited edition, Zuffenhausen won't actually sell nine hundred and ninety-one cars to the public.
Andreas Preuninger's Personal 911 R 1 photo
We're obviously talking about the 911 R. So far, we've only seen Porsche-owned examples of the manual Neunelfer, with the four-car convoy that paraded through Monaco being the... pinnacle of spotting so far.

Nevertheless, since it's June, customer deliveries have kicked off and we're here to show you the first such case. However, we're not really sure if we should call the R in the image above a customer car, since this is the personal ride of Porsche GT division helm man Andreas Preuninger - we must thank Drive for the pic.

Being dressed in British Racing Green and wearing Silver stripes with retro-colored "Porsche" badging on the doors, this 911 R is as much of a nod to the five-decade-plus history of the 911 as a 991 can be.

We lost count of how many eye-candy 911 GT3 RS PDKs we showed you (Porsche only builds around 2,000 units per year) and we feel the spotting story will continue with the three-pedal machine mentioned above.

As for Andreas Preuninger, not all Porsche fans are his fans nowadays. It all has to do with the three letters mentioned at the end of the GT3 RS designation above. At first, one might think that the 991.1 GT3 and GT3 RS losing their stick shifts will be corrected by the clutch pedal returning in the upcoming 991.2 GT3.

However, the PDK-only form of the current models also means 996 and 997 GT3 prices skyrocketed, with many enthusiasts not being able to afford them anymore.

Then again, the GT man had his reasons. Perhaps the greatest challenge here came in terms of lap times. We can cut Porsche a bit of slack for its manual mistake, as the contemporary supercar landscape has turned lap times into an obsession, with clutches meaning inferior performance - for instance, you should keep in mind that the 991.2 Turbo S is a full two seconds faster on the Nurburgring than the 991.1 GT3 RS, which was supposed to be the ultimate 911 track weapon.

However, we can only be glad Porsche is returning to a market Ferrari and Lamborghini have left behind.

 
 
 
 
 

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