It’s a well-known truth that many racing purists and hardcore lovers are truly disgusted with what the car industry has become. Finding a car capable of delivering a realistic driving experience is almost impossible these days.
All cars in the market right now are filled with cutting-edge features that aid and support the driving experience, sometimes for the worst. It’s true that these technologies make cars faster and more efficient but at the same time they become machines incapable of providing that pure, fun experience of hitting the road like in the old times.
In order to make a remarkable difference, Porsche decided to launch the 911 R, a limited edition of its most popular model, one based on the purest concept possible. The result was an outstanding sales success like a few with overwhelming reviews. True racing lovers saw this edition like an opportunity to have a down-to-earth supercar and they weren’t wrong.
If we see the numbers on the 2016 911 R, we will notice that there is nothing too exotic about them. The truth is that the beauty of this car is in its simplicity. With a DOHC 24-valve 4.0-litre flat-6, this limited edition is capable of producing 500 horsepower at 8250 rpm and 338 lb-ft at 6250 rpm.
The rear engine with direct fuel injection and aluminum block and heads is naturally aspirated, which is a nice touch for purists. But the best thing about the 2016 911 R is what the powerplant has attached: a 6-speed manual transmission with a stick; a real classic.
The performance numbers are quite exciting. This Porsche can go from zero to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and from zero to 100 mph in 7.4 seconds. Unfortunately, top speed is drag limited to 200 mph.
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Its power, in fact, has a defined origin. The 2016 911 R is heavily based on the GT3 RS, which is a furious beast with some serious track records. Of course, Porsche took the most fundamental things and eliminated heavy tech. The goal was to develop a Porsche for the purists, those looking for a true driving experience.
Things like the limited-slip differential and carbon-ceramic brakes put the cherry on top. The braking power can be estimated with these numbers: 142 feet from 70 mph to zero.
The Bottom Line
The specialized media is more than charmed with this highly exclusive model. Only weighing around 3040 pounds, the 2016 911 R proves that it worth every single penny, even for the insane reselling offers already available online.
While it is indeed the ultimate driving experience for the actual generation of supercars, there are some cutting-edge features onboard like the ultra-light magnesium roof, carbon-fiber front fenders, hood, and seats, and super-sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 305/30ZR-20 in the rear, where all the power is generated.
Porsche took the best of both worlds and created a 911 that is close to perfection. With a base price of US$185,950, there is zero chance of getting it brand new. The whole fan base likes to believe that Porsche will consider a new production batch for the upcoming years.