We all know that the 2016 Carreras will be boosted. We also know that the IPD Plenums deliver even greater performance with turbo applications. We think it’s fair to “assume” that this will also apply to the brand new Carrera. What we know so far is the Porsche Air Distributor appears to be similar, but slightly different than that found on the current Turbo. What is completely different is the Y-Pipe design. This means it’s back to the R & D department to begin work on the 5th different Turbo Y-Pipe offered by IPD. One of our technical partners will be receiving an early delivery of their new Carrera, which will no doubt coincide with the time that IPD begins the R & D process.
We believe the new Carrera Turbo Plenums will be available this summer with the Y-Pipes arriving in late Summer / early Fall. Until then, here’s 3 minutes of Porsche showing off just how impressive the new liter turbocharged Carrera promises to be.
Is this just another marketing attempt to capitalize on Porsche’s heritage or does the new 911R deliver the driving experience worthy of the legendary R badge? Well the initial response at first glance has been, “It’s just a manual GT3 without a rear wing”. And although it is true that the new R has a mandatory stick and no rear wing, there is much more to the most expensive Carrera based offering after closer inspection.
In an internet nutshell… The new 911/991R is blessed with the GT3 RS 4.0L 500 HP engine that propels the R to 60 mph is 3.7 seconds with the third pedal on the floor (.6 seconds slower than the PDK equipped GT3 RS). The R is clad with carbon fiber GT3 fenders, hood and deck lid that tip the scales at 3,020 pounds (lighter than a GT3 RS). Minor exterior changes include redesigned front spoiler lip and a rear underbody diffuser that have been specifically designed to enhance handling with the sleek wing-less R. The magnesium RS roof has also been carried over to the R for improved CG and overall weight making the R 110 pounds lighter than the GT3 RS.
The interior of the new 911R features styling accents that are a throwback to the original 1967 R. Tartan cloth seats, retro-modern R styled gauges, pull strap door handles, deleted radio and AC remind you that this Carrera is designed to be a dedicated driving enthusiast machine. And of course an R specific numbered badge ranging from, you guessed it, 001 to 991. Prices are expected to be around $185,000 “if” you can even find the opportunity to purchase this very limited Carrera.
For a more detailed discussion of Porsche’s new R with Andreas Preuninger, the head of GT Cars for Porsche, Read More >>
Here is the official 911R introductory video from Porsche. Make sure your volume is turned up for the intoxicating exhaust soundtrack. Watch Here >>