EXCLUSIVE: Porsche 911 R spotted out testing

Two weeks ago, we revealed that Porsche was rumoured to be building a modern day 911 R using the 991 GT3 as a platform. Today, those rumours were confirmed as Total 911 spies caught a glimpse of the car while out testing.

It may currently look like a de-winged first generation 991 GT3 at the moment but, wearing Ludwigsburg-registered number plates like many of Porsche’s test mules, these photos are proof that Weissach is seriously evaluating a new addition to the neunelfer range.

The fact that Porsche is testing a barely modified 991 GT3 appears to confirm that the 911 R will get the 9,000rpm-redlined 9A1 flat six. Despite the 991 Carrera GTS decklid, rumours now suggest that the ‘R’ could wear a ducktail come its debut in Geneva.

Porsche 911 R profile

As previously explained, while using the GT3’s high-revving engine, the 911 R will utilise a manual gearbox and will feature more weight-saving than Andreas Preuninger’s acclaimed neunelfer in a bid to appeal to ‘purists’.

Unlike this test mule, the finished 911 R will undoubtedly feature styling cues from the new 991.2, including the 3D effect brake lights and updated front light signature when it is officially released in March 2016.

Total 911 understands that official Porsche Centres are already receiving letters of intent for the Porsche 991 R, with rumours continuing to circulate that this will be a limited edition car in the mould of the iconic 997 GT3 RS 4.0.

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Porsche 911 R front

Comments (4)

  • Christopher Zylstra

    Ooh she looks genuinely ‘dangerous’ from behind. Yet it seems this is another Porsche I will not be able to buy even though I’m standing here cash-in-hand. Porsche mania is spreading really quickly at the moment. Guys like me, teenagers in the eighties now (finally) with real money in hand would normally have targets on our backs painted by Porsche execs. That is how things used to be done, now, the uber-booming luxury-lifestyle monolith, juggernaught thingy is hoovering up product and value isn’t a word in particularly heavy rotation at the moment. Now I understand what it must have been like for emerging economies, watching the neighbours gorging on what you’ve been saving for a lifetime to acheive. Now we’ve made savers into suckers and built economies that require we devalue ourselves, our families…. I’ll race you for your Air-Miles?

  • Seven Zero

    this is most intelligent comment I saw on whole internet for last couple of months.. you are spot on, I got same feeling when I saw GT4 sold out, gt3 sold out even before it was in showrooms.. etc and as guy of same age like you AND from emerging economy my dream is more far away than few years ago.. sad world

  • Morten Johannesen

    You are both spot on, when everything is going down and the luxury car makers is selling their cars before they hit the shop, then the end is pretty much here.

  • Christopher Zylstra

    Hmmm. Lads, I gotta say, finding out I’m not alone really takes the edge off. Cheers. So, how ’bout we stop letting Mega-Corp convince us that a hole which isn’t there needs to be filled by something that will never fit… whaddyah say? Specifically I’m thinkin’ a 10-car, Ford Focus RS convoy to Stuttgart for a start, capped with a midnight flash-mob drifting demo in the factory executive staff parking lot.