Like its legendary predecessor, the new 911 R offers an unfiltered driving experience, delivered via systematic lightweight construction and a devotion to maximum performance: this special model has an overall weight of 1,370 kilograms and is thus the lightest version of the 911. With a high-revving six-cylinder naturally aspirated engine and manual sports transmission,
Thanks to carbon fiber bonnet and front-wheel arches and a magnesium roof, the 911 R Light is lighter than the 911 GT3 RS by 50 kgs. At first sight, the body resembles that of the Carrera. The nose and rear body will be familiar from the 911 GT3, and hint at the birthplace of the 911 R.
All the lightweight components of the body and the complete chassis originate from the 911 GT3. However, with a view to road use, the body does not have the fixed rear wing familiar with that model. Instead, a retractable rear spoiler shared with the Carrera models and a bespoke aerodynamic diffuser beneath the rear underbody provides the necessary downforce. Furthermore, the front and rear apron come from the 911 GT3, with a re-designed spoiler lip installed on the front. The sports exhaust system consists of the lightweight construction material titanium. Continuous colored stripes in red or green over the entire mid-section of the vehicle provide a visual cue to the legendary predecessor. A further leitmotif is provided by the ‘Porsche’ script along each side of the vehicle. Meantime, rear windscreen and rear side windows are lightweight plastic. Additional weight-saving factors are the reduced sound insulation in the interior and the omission of a rear bench seat.
The driver and front passenger sit in a carbon-fiber bucket seat, trimmed with bespoke fabric center panels in Pepita tartan design, a nod to the first 911 in the 1960s. Fabric pull straps on each door are a familiar hint to the focused intent of all 911 models from the GT department. Other interesting features comprise of an R-specific 360 mm diameter GT sport steering, a short shift gearlever, clutch pedal in the footwell and carbon trim strips in the interior with an embedded aluminum badge on the passenger’s side.
In the rear of the 911 R lies the charismatic flat-six ‘boxer’ engine with a displacement of four-liters, familiar from the 911 GT3 RS, that’s paired to a six-speed manual sports transmision. The race-bred engine delivers 500 hp at 8,250 rpm and generates 460 Nm at 6,250 rpm. Zero to hundred sprint is 3.9 seconds and top speed hits 323 km/h, while combined NEDC fuel consumption taps out at 13.3 l/100 km.
A thoroughbred driving machine: technology from the race track
The 911 R could almost have been made for twisting roads. Fitted as standard with specially-tuned rear-axle steering, direct turn-in and precise handling is guaranteed while maintaining high stability. In addition, the mechanical rear limited slip differential ensures maximum traction. Ensuring the greatest possible deceleration are Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB), also fitted as standard. The discs measure a generous 410 mm diameter on the front axle and 390 mm on the rear. Ultra High Performance tyres of 245 mm width at the front and 305 mm width at the rear provide assured contact to the road. These are mounted on lightweight, forged aluminium wheels with center-locking and matte-finish. Other options include single-mas flywheel, a double-declutch function for smoother gearshifts, a lift system to raise ground clearance for daily versatility, as well as an air-conditioning unit and an audio unit.
Limited to 991 units worldwide, the Porsche 911 R Light is scheduled for European roll-out in June, then the rest of the world.