The first images with Porsche’s “pure” 911 R have surfaced the web ahead of an imminent official launch in Geneva.
The photos were leaked on a Dutch blog that says the 911 R’s heart and soul is a naturally-aspirated 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine borrowed from the 911 GT3 RS. It continues to develop 500 horsepower, but now output is channeled to the wheels through a manual gearbox instead of the seven-speed PDK.
The body is also pretty much sourced from the GT3 RS, but without some of the aerodynamic aids and as you can see it does not have the rear wing. The visual changes make the R version look cleaner especially in this white paint with dual red stripes that extend from the hood to the roof and on the rear engine cover. There are also some black “Porsche” decals on the sides while the headlights and taillights seem to have a dark tint.
Stepping inside the cabin, the very first thing you will notice will be the gear knob for the manual transmission. In addition, there's a retro-flavored black & white checkered upholstery for the seats which seem to be taken from the 911 GT3 RS.
Rumors say only 500 units are planned for production and all of them have already been sold to anxious buyers willing to pay an estimated starting price of $160,000.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the original 911 R, Porsche’s latest 911 derivative will celebrate its public debut tomorrow at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.