Missed out on the 911 R? Not to worry as Porsche is prepping a similar version as a regular model.
With a naturally aspirated engine and a manual gearbox, the 911 R was a purist’s delight when it was introduced at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. However, availability was quite limited as Porsche made only 991 units as a nod to the codename given to this generation. Unsurprisingly, the model’s value skyrocketed later the same year as a fight commenced between collectors. Someone in Norway deciding to slap a hefty $770,000 price tag while another 911 R owner had the audacity to ask $1.25 million for a model that originally had a starting price of $184,900 in the United States.
You won’t have to pay the exorbitant premiums some 911 R owners are asking to have a back-to-basics Nine Eleven as Porsche has revealed a purist version is on its way and this time around it will be a regular production model. In other words, it’s not going to be built in limited numbers as it was the case with last year’s special edition.
The good news (well, maybe not for 911 R owners) was disclosed by Porsche’s R&D chief, Michael Steiner, while speaking with Autocar on the sidelines of the 2019 Cayenne’s reveal. It’s unclear at this point whether the new variation of the 911 is going to be based on the current generation or it will be launched for the 992-gen model coming towards the end of the decade. Considering the existing car still has plenty of life left it in, there’s a good chance the "less is more" flavor will be out before the 991.2 will be put out to pasture.
It’s far from being the only 911 the folks from Porsche are working on taking into account the rumor mill suggests a limited-run Speedster will be unveiled later this month at the Frankfurt Motor Show. In addition, a GT3 Touring Package is believed to be in the offing as well and we know for sure an updated GT3 RS is on the agenda.