Porsche is best known for making the 911, a rear wheel drive, rear engined car which against all odds it managed to compete and even beat a lot of super cars which is not an easy thing to do, especially for a rear engined car which has not a perfect balance. The 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 R is the more powerful version of the lightweight version of the 911 which is a bit odd but true.
The car has been released back at the Geneva Auto Show and it is a complete package, offering a lot more than just the normal GT3 model. It comes with a new engine, different running gear, more aerodynamic accessories as well as a slightly different interior.
2016 Porsche 911 GT3 R Price
As you would think from a German manufacturer, all these changes don’t come cheap. In fact, the new GT3 R is almost $40,000 more than the base GT3 which is a massive bump, coming on the market for nearly $178,000, one of the most expensive 911s out there.
Just as we said, its chassis and running gear have been tweaked in order to offer the best possible driving experience. The suspension is fully adjustable by the end user which can tweak things such as the camber, the rebound rate and even the strength of the anti-roll bars.
The wheels come with the widest tires ever fitted to any 911 and they are fitted to center-locking wheels in order to allow for quick and easy change on the racing circuit. The brakes are also a lot more impressive than the usual with carbon-ceramic disk brakes and 6 piston calipers in the front.
Engine wise, the 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 R comes with a naturally aspirated 4 liter flat-6 engine, identical to the one which equipped the 2012 model.
While this may seem like an odd choice for Porsche, the engine is more than capable of powering the already lightweight car and at 500 horsepower and 338 lb-ft of torque it is no slouch.
In fact, thanks to its 7 speed dual-clutch gearbox and massive rear tires, the official numbers say that it will hit 60 MPH in 3.1 seconds and a top speed of 193 MPH.
However, considering lesser Porsche models are hitting 60 MPH in as little as 3 seconds, we expect the 911 GT3 R to get there quite a bit faster than the official numbers.
Unfortunately the car will not be available with a manual gearbox at launch which is a bit of a shame but this will likely change in the near future.
The exterior of the car is based on that of the usual GT3 model but it has a few additions to it in order to make it a bit more aerodynamic and allow the car to better handle itself at higher speed.
On the front fenders it has vents which allow the brakes to cool down easier while on the rear fenders it now has similar air intakes to those found on the turbocharged model. On top of that, the rear wing is now adjustable and the wheels are said to be lighter.
The roof has is now made from magnesium and features two bulges which allow both the driver and its passenger to wear racing helmets inside the car.
Interior of Porsche 911 GT3 R
The interior of the 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 R on the other hand is just as comfortable and as well equipped as that of the usual 911.
While there are now materials such as carbon fiber in order to save weight, it still has automatic climate control, satellite navigation as well as leather upholstery.