Video: The new Porsche 911 R is the 991 you’ve always wanted
Upon its release at Geneva in 2013, the Porsche 991 GT3 copped a lot of flak for its mandatory PDK gearbox. However, exactly three years later, Porsche has righted this perceived wrong by launching the awesome new 911 R.
An homage to the lightweight Porsche 911R racer released in 1967, the Porsche 991 R features a six-speed manual gearbox mated to the current GT3 RS’s 4.0-litre, 500hp flat six and comes with minimal aerodynamic aids.
It’s a Porsche 911 built for enjoying out on the open road rather than extracting the ultimate performance from around a track, with the suspension and electronics tuned specifically for the delight of driving purists.
If the details alone weren’t enough to convince us, this official press video from Porsche really gets our pulses racing. Normally these short films are filled with soulless music and voiceovers however, this is probably Zuffenhausen’s best launch film yet, focussing purely on the car, the road and the sound.
To read all about the new Porsche 911 R, check out our extensive launch day profile of the latest lightweight neunelfer now.