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2016 Porsche 911 R review

If this theory holds true, what you see is the largest version of the sports car's biggest ever and, almost by right, therefore, one of the best street machine ever conceived.

Here, the key word is 'way'. New Porsche 911 R conceived because there is a sense in the legendary Porsche Motorsport department that the idea of ​​adding more grip through the use of additional downforce, stiff suspension and wider tires not be extended indefinitely.

Some of these concepts. The GT3 RS, the department has developed a track day machine is incredible, the car is designed for your cheeks ripple under great lateral acceleration. It can be developed and organized in such a way as to not only extract the optimum lap time, but also a serious challenge its driver. A pussycat not. R 911 is the alter-ego.

2016 Porsche 911 R review


Even so, and even though you will certainly read it somewhere else, it's too simple to call their Jekyll and Hyde car, they are not identical twins, wearing different clothes bred to excel at things differently, and while the hospital is m├ętier circuit R is a road.

The difference is very important, and every one of them are designed to trade for quick fun. The biggest is the gearbox where six selected gear manually replace the seven selected by paddle. Why not seven gears manually? Not for the first time the department Motorsport going his own way, as is the case with you insist sequential shifter had to push forward and not backward to change (change later adopted by Porsche) and because by remaining faithful to the aspirations of the atmosphere.

Mass Weissach considers seven teeth need to change the complex with hand and, on the other hand, the loss of teeth is to save the whole kilo weight. Instead gearbox maintains the original ratio of the first four, but the fifth and sixth again. The engine is the same 4.0-liter, 493bhp flat-six works, but because of lower friction losses in the gearbox, a little more than that to find a way to the rear wheels.

The body is based on that of the standard 911 and meanwhile maintain carbonfibre front wing and rear plastic screen, it does not have a full aero dramatic structure of the hospital or even the standard GT3. Only Carrera rear wing is only normal modification is to extend a little further to offer a touch more downforce at much higher speeds can reach 911 R.

lack of means it is not only the 911 sold the original engine 200mph. Underneath, however, there are floor and rear diffuser mostly flat, yet titanium exhaust. Overall it's 50kg lighter than the GT3 RS with a curb weight of just 1370kg.

On the chassis side, setting GT3 RS was left entirely without RS downforce, the suspension does not need to be super-rigid to support the body, so that the springs come from the GT3 on the contrary, supported by dampening iteration bespoke program back -wheel steer and map also new.

tire size dropped two front and rear relative to the GT3 RS to 245mm front and 305mm rear, but Porsche carbon ceramic brakes are standard; You usually have to pay extra for them, even in the GT3 RS.

How does it feel?
Usually happy, and on occasion able to provide an experience that is almost spiritual. Both are equally important. First you do not have to drive like you're trying to escape an erupting volcano to enjoy it.

The manual gearbox is one of the best of Porsche any era, as well as the gearbox is still outstanding used in the Boxster and Cayman, and it changed the experience for those who want to feel not only relating to their car boots really responsible for it as well.

steering is much lighter than the GT3 RS and in moderate driving all the better for it. Whatever people say, it is still not clear as it was on day-to-day hydraulic steering, but really the next best thing.

But if you have a car like that, and hopefully you will know to take a place can be used for good. There you will feel able to do things not even the GT3 RS can do. Having re-established the traction accelerates faster than the GT3 RS, and 8800rpm redline as you approach, it sounds better than the GT3 RS, too, but that sounds ridiculous.

The real difference, however, is in the nuances of the car. Where GT3 RS aggressive arrows from peak to peak, R flowing. Stake in Michelin Pilot Cup 2 tires are huge and we are confident that while hovering, some drivers are likely to implement this option in public.

Instead pleasure comes only from a sense of being quite traditional with a machine, which is involved in the actions of each company, each to affect the outcome, not just direct action but were in the thick of it. Even when not near the limit of adhesion R 911 RS is more mobile than rigid planted, ask more from drivers to maintain the sharp pin and, yes, even more offers in return.

This may not be something that is very fashionable these days, but when you're up in the attack in 911 R - or at least as close as reasonable in public - you remember how it used to 911s. You will never imitate their behavior because wheelbase chassis 991 is too long even with rear drive, but the spirit, the back to basics really a sense of adventure and enthusiasm that there can only be reborn in planes dynamic brilliance unimaginable even a few years ago.

I guess that's why it's called the 911 R, recalling as it does the lightest, most driver-focused of all 911: the original 1967 911 R.

Should I buy one?
You'll be lucky. Only 991 will be made, all of which are offered to preferred customers, most already have 918 Hypercars, and immediately snapped up. Some people have come onto the market since the numbers have barely able to stick to them, one is known to have advertised for € 745,000, with the other Porsche owners believed request cool million.

So let's forget about the insanities and try to assess the R 911 with a cool detachment. And the truth is that, for Porsche, the car is very smart indeed, made of nearly all existing parts: the body of a Carrera, the motor of the RS, the GT3 suspension and so on. Even gearbox that, while unique to the car for today, will be standardized to the second generation of the 991 GT3 next year, so it's not as if Porsche would not have made it. Although the suspension and steering system has many bespoke, hardware is almost entirely a new combination of componentry that is still there.

Should it? There is little: the priority is not a vase on clay, but the skill of the potter, and skill in events here are as good as they come. R 911 is not a car better than the GT3 RS, but a different one, and one that shows the Porsche Motorsport department remains focused on the driver and the way it may choose to enjoy their driving. And the truth is that, for the money, the only car that is able to offer such a rich experience of driving, in a very different way, RS and GT3 McLaren 570S, two out of three of our favorite cars sold now. They are both five-star car and so is 911 R. We can not judge any machine higher than that.

Porsche 911 R

Location Scotland; Now sold (but full); The price of £ 136.901; Machine 6 cyls, 3996cc, 493bhp petrol Power 8250rpm; 339lb ft of torque at 6250rpm; 0-62mph 3.8sec; Top speed 200mph; Gearbox 6-spd manual; Kerb weight 1370kg; Economic 21.2mpg (combined); CO2 / tax bands 308g / km, 37%