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Porsche has unleashed a manual-only, lightweight 911 R at Geneva Motor Show

Porsche has unleashed a manual-only, lightweight 911 R at Geneva Motor Show
Sagar Bhanushali Sagar Bhanushali Friday 04 March 2016, 14:48 PM

Porsche has taken the covers off the new 911 R at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. This new low volume special series model combines a naturally aspirated flat-six engine and a manual gearbox to create what is arguably the most driver-focussed 911 in years.

Among many highlights, there’s a 500bhp, 4-litre naturally-aspirated flat-six engine, a six-speed manual gearbox and a lightweight body that forms the 911 R. Weighing in at 1,370kg, the 911 R is lighter than the 911 GT3 RS by 50kg. Porsche has managed this feat by using the hood and front wheel-arches made of carbon fibre and a magnesium roof. Also helping in reducing the weight is the rear windscreen and rear side windows that are made of lightweight plastic.

The 911 R is powered by a flat-six 'boxer' engine from the popular 911 GT3 RS. The race-bred engine delivers 500bhp at 8,250rpm and generates 460Nm of torque at 6,250 rpm. Thanks to this, 0-100kmph sprint takes just 3.7 seconds. In keeping with the pure character of the 911 R, Porsche is only offering a 6-speed manual gearbox.

First deliveries for the 911 R are scheduled to begin from June, with production limited to just 991 units worldwide. The 911 R is the second model from Porsche’s modern sports car range to be offered only with a manual gearbox, after the brilliant Cayman GT4.

 

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