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What Makes the Porsche 911 R Special?

If you have friends that are really into Porsche vehicles, you’ve probably heard of the new Porsche 911 R. Porsche fans can’t seem to get enough of the brand’s new road-going race car beast that pays homage to the model from 1967 that bears the same name. The formula for the Porsche 911 R consists of bringing race driving dynamics to the road with the help of lightweight construction, a powerful engine, and overall insane handling. By now you’re probably wondering what the R stands for so we’ll just take care of that now – R stands for Racing.

Let’s get one more thing out of the way. The Porsche 911 R is powered by a 4.0 liter flat six engine from the Porsche 911 GT3 RS making 500 horsepower and 338 lb-ft of torque. Mated exclusively to a 6-speed manual transmission, the Porsche 911 R can run from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds with a top speed of 200 mph. So what makes this more special than the Porsche 911 GT3 RS? What makes this a lightweight beast that it is?

2017 Porsche 911 R

Besides the exclusivity of a 6-speed manual, the Porsche 911 R weighs in at just 3,021 pounds – and that’s because Porsche has gotten rid of things like air-conditioning, radio, lightweight seats, and through the use of other weight saving techniques. Of course, if you want the luxuries of life, you will have to pay premium to add on these features. The Porsche 911 R also focuses on taking corners really well thanks to the use of a uniquely tuned rear-axle steering, an upgraded mechanical rear differential lock, and the use of Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake, which are standard.

The Porsche 911 R also features the brand’s Porsche Stability Management system which has been calibrated for the car by Porsche’s motorsport team. The standard rev-match function can also be activated through a touch of the button. If the Porsche 911 R is too low for the streets around your town, you can optionally add a front-axle lift that can increase ground clearance of the front axle by 1.2 inches at the touch of a button.

Now keep in mind, while the Porsche 911 R is lighter than the GT3 RS, the GT3 RS is faster with a 0 to 60 mph time of 3.1 seconds (not to mention it carries a smaller price tag). The Porsche 911 R is limited to just 991 units worldwide, so visit your AutoNation-affiliated Porsche dealership today.

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