Not to be confused with the track-only Porsche 911 GT3 R racecar, this is believed to be the road-going 911 R which is expected to use the engine from the 911 GT3. It’s billed as being a “pure” version of the iconic sportscar and will likely be introduced sometime in 2016 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original 911 R.
The low resolution image isn’t great but that’s all we have for the moment and by the looks of it the car adopts a cleaner design and doesn’t have the rear wing of the 911 GT3 upon which it will be based. The side windows also seem to have gone through some changes and could be made from Plexiglas taking into account this new iteration of the 911 is believed to focus on lightness.
The attached image has reportedly been confirmed to be authentic by a customer who actually placed an order for the car. As a matter of fact, the 911 R is believed to have reached sold out status already, even though we are still likely a few months away from the model’s proper reveal. This is without any doubt yet another special edition 911 and it’s likely based on the facelifted version (991.2 model) and according to sources close to Stuttgart they plan on making just 600 cars.
The six-cylinder, 3.8-liter normally aspirated engine develops 475 bhp and 438 Nm of torque in the aforementioned 911 GT3, but Porsche could decide to bump its output a little bit for this special edition. More importantly, the model could eschew the dual-clutch 7-speed automatic gearbox in favor of a manual transmission and if this is true, purists will probably say this is the best 911 in a long time.
An official introduction could occur in March 2016 at the Geneva Motor Show and the price will obviously be substantially higher compared to a standard 911 GT3.