This is the 2017 Porsche 911 R before its official unveil at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show.
What you are looking at are the first official photos of the 2017 Porsche 911 R headed to the Geneva International Motor Show. According to our Motoring friends from Vierneznzestig.nl over in the Netherlands on their official Porsche Report they dropped earlier Monday morning, this is indeed what Porsche is planning to show just four more days from now. Underneath the rear engine lid will be the 4.0-liter engine from the Porsche 911 GT3 RS pumping out 500 HP and 338 Lb-Ft. A manual transmission comes standard.
According to Porsche blog, the official weight of the 911 R is 110 pounds lighter than the GT3 RS for a final weight of 2,921 pounds (1,325 kg). 0-60 MPH comes in at 3.8 seconds with a 201 MPH top speed. Only 991 units will be sold.
Check out all those exclusive photos courtesy of Vierenzestig below. You’ll have to excuse the very rough nature of these first photos as they aren’t “officially official.”
Porsche going for the 4.0L instead of the regular GT3’s 3.8L does come as a bit of a surprise for Porsche fans. This 911 R benefits from 25 more HP and an extra bit of displacement to boot.
The front end of the Porsche receives a minor facelift bumper. Over the entire hood, roof and rear decklid are two iconic stripes. Verenzestig.nl was quick to point out that this looks a lot like Magnus Walker’s Porsche to some extent as far as the dual stripes go. Walker infamously drew inspiration from those (20) homologated 911R’s of yore.
Inside, the showpiece of the 911R is that lovely manual shifter. The bucket seats are nicely upholstered in a a classy houndstooth black and white pattern.
Pricing and other specs have not been unveiled but it’s rumored that the 911 R will cost around $207,000 USD or 190,000 Euro.
The key to this 2017 Porsche 911 R has to be the weight. The original 911R went to extreme measures to pare down its overall weight. Back in the late 1960’s, that meant replacing the front and rear hoods, doors, fenders and bumpers with fiberglass reinforced plastic, aluminium hinges instead of metal ones, a shaved windshield from 4mm to 2mm thick and drilled everything to save weight (pedals, levers, handles etc.) Even the door handles were replaced with epoxy plastic ones (you can see the light yellow handle contrasted with the white body below.) Although measures were not as drastic on this 911 R, losing 110 pounds is no small feat.
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We hope this isn’t just a marketing name brought back to sell a few more 911’s. Nevertheless, it’ll still go like stink.