Porsche R

Porsche 911 R Outside

Trying to get a little caught up on my posts after a pretty slack start to the year, so here’s my favorite announcement of the year – a proper 911 with a proper gearbox. The only bad news is that (based on some reports from sources who’ve tried) you’re not allowed on the waitlist for one of these unless you’re already in possession of a nice little 918 Spyder, meaning you are either a) very lucky, or b) have little to no chance of buying this beauty. Full press release and pics below for your perusal.

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Celebrating its world debut at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show, the new 2016 Porsche 911 R follows the tradition set by the first road-homologated race car bearing the name in 1967. Produced as part of a limited production series, the original 911 R (R for Racing) was entered in rallies, in the Targa Florio and in world record runs. Like its legendary predecessor, the new 911 R features a systematic lightweight construction, a high level of performance and an unfiltered driving experience. The 911 R is limited to 991 units worldwide, and represents the lightest available version of the 911 with a curb weight of just 3021 pounds. Powered by a 500 hp four-liter naturally aspirated flat-six engine which is mated to a six-speed manual transmission, the 911 R underscores Porsche’s commitment to building emotional and engaging high-performance sports cars with a maximum amount of driving pleasure. Developed by Porsche’s motorsport department, the 911 R is the third model to use Porsche’s latest generation of high-performance naturally aspirated flat-six engines alongside the track-bred 911 GT3 and 911 GT3 RS models.

Powering the 911 R is the four-liter flat-six familiar from the 911 GT3 RS. The race-bred powertrain delivers 500 hp at 8,250 rpm and generates 338 lb.-ft. of torque at 6,250 rpm. The 911 R can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds and reach a top track speed of 200 miles per hour. True to its purist character, the lightweight model is available exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission featuring short, performance oriented gear ratios. The quick and crisp shifting further underscores the high level of driving engagement.

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Porsche 911 GT3 RS

313653_P15_0152_a5_rgbFollowing on from the recent release of information for the Cayman GT4 comes the next race-car for the street from Porsche – the 911 GT3 RS.

The new Porsche 911 GT3 RS breaks down the barrier between road-going sports cars and race cars. It is equipped with the maximum amount of motorsport technology that is currently possible in a street-legal 911 suitable for everyday driving. Extensive modifications to its drivetrain, aerodynamics, and lightweight design take performance to an even higher level than the 911 GT3. With a Nuerburgring Nordschleife lap time of seven minutes and 20 seconds, the new 911 GT3 RS surpasses the 911 GT3 by five seconds, making it the fastest current generation 911 on the famous German racetrack.

Porsche 991 GT3 RS

The 911 GT3 RS is powered by a four-liter six-cylinder engine developing 500 hp and 338 lb.-ft. of torque, combined with a specially developed PDK transmission. The engine has the largest displacement and most power of any naturally aspirated engine with direct fuel injection in the 911 family, accelerating the high-performance sports car from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.1 seconds and propelling it through the quarter mile on the track in 11.2 seconds. Functions such as declutching by “paddle neutral” – which is comparable to pressing the clutch with a conventional manual gearbox – and speed limiting via the Pit Speed button have been adapted from motorsport use. They give drivers more freedom in terms of driving dynamics, while providing them with a maximum level of control and engagement.

Porsche 991 911 GT3 RS Rear

For the first time, the roof is made of magnesium; carbon fiber is used for the engine and luggage compartment lids, and other components are made of weight saving materials. This makes the RS model around 22 pounds (10 kilograms) lighter than the 911 GT3. Furthermore, the lightweight roof lowers the sports car’s center of gravity which improves its already excellent lateral dynamics.

Porsche 991 GT3 RS Interior

The interior design of the 911 GT3 RS with Alcantara® elements is based on the current 911 GT3. One key new feature is the full bucket seats, which are based on the carbon bucket seats from the 918 Spyder. The optional Sport Chrono Package features – in addition to its integrated timers – the Porsche Track Precision app for smartphone use. The Track Precision app can be used to have times automatically measured via GPS, and to log data on a smartphone for many driving parameters such as vehicle speed, lateral acceleration as well as deceleration and acceleration in the driving direction. It manages this data and lets the driver share and compare it with results from other drivers.

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The 911 GT3 RS can be ordered now, and it will launch in the U.S. in early July of 2015. In the United States, the MSRP is $175,900.

911 GT3 Video

Great video from Porsche about the 911 GT3 process from the man responsible

Porsche 911 GT3 Video

Too much work, too little time, and before you know it, you haven’t posted since May. Absolutely shocking performance, and lots of car things have happened since then. I may have more time than I’ve had in the last 3 months, or this might be a 5 minute rest before being sucked into the vortex. So, I’m obviously going to post the best thing I can find on the web right now (but I still want a manual)

PistonHeads GT3 Impressions

Men after my own heart – read their take on the new 911 GT3 here

Porsche 911 GT3

911 GT3 Front SideToday should have been an exciting one for me. The full press release for the upcoming 911 GT3 finally came out, and you can see from the pics, it looks freakin awesome. Carrying over the traditional GT3 lines from previous generations with the deep front spoiler, fixed rear wing and enough aggression to scare most other cars off the road. And they I read the text, and yip, Porsche has done the unthinkable and is releasing this without a manual gearbox. I almost shed a real tear.

911 GT3 Rear Side

So it’s with a heavy heart that I tell you all the other exciting details – 9000 rpm redline from the naturally aspirated fully reworked engine (based on the 911 Carrera S engine, not the previous gen GT3 version), 0-60mph of 3.3 seconds, 195mph top speed and a lap time at the Nurburgring under 7 min 30 seconds. And I’m sure it’ll handle fantastically well, sound incredible, and stir the heart of boys around the world. So why didn’t the most favorite of real drivers cars end up with a real gearbox?

911 GT3 Interior

Cost wise, this one will set you back $20k more than the last version, coming in at a base price of $130,400 when you can finally buy it at the end of this year. And for the first time, Porsche is employing active rear wheel steering to achieve even higher steering precision and improved lateral dynamics. Depending on the speed, the rear wheels steer in the same or opposite direction of the front wheels, improving stability and agility. Other new features that improve driving dynamics are an electronically controlled, fully variable rear differential lock and dynamic engine mounts. Contact with the road is made by new 20-inch, forged alloy wheels with center-locking hubs in place of conventional wheel bolts.

So, in summary, it looks gorgeous, probably sounds and handles like it was delivered from the gods, but they put a PDK gearbox in it, and that makes me sad. Guess I really am one of those grumpy old men who doesn’t like new technology. I have a feeling there will be one silver lining in all of this – if you can pick up a decent 997 GT3 right about now for a reasonable price, it’ll likely go on to become on of the collectible 911’s of the future, being the last GT3 with a real gearbox. Now, back to searching for those pennies so I can afford one…..

 

Twitter, YouTube, Drive and Evo

Screenshot_2_21_13_4_32_PMSo on my travels back yesterday from a work gig on the west coast, Chris Harris announced the latest Drive video (posted blow so you too can drool, although yellow!! What were Porsche thinking for the demo car?) was being uploaded. This prompted another journalist from my fave car mag (Evo) to chime in, and I couldn’t resist throwing out the question that has been keeping me awake for the last few weeks. Of course, I don’t think there’s going to be a wrong answer, but what is the right answer? Anyone else have an opinion? I was leaning towards the GT3 until I watched that video. Now I have no clue again. Luckily I still don’t have the cash, so no pressure on making a decision just yet…..

Cayman Reviews Starting to filter in

And yes, the conclusion is it’s pretty freakin amazing. Now just have to work out a) how to save up my pennies to get one, and b) given the cost, is it better to buy a new one of these, or a second hand 997 GT3?

Of course, given my inability to get past point a), I have a while to answer point b). If you have any opinions, I’m happy to hear them.

M3 GTS vs AMG Black C63 vs 911 GT3 4.0 RS

If you haven’t already, you need to subscribe to Drive on YouTube. Another classic from Mr Harris