Porsche's new 'back to basics' 911 R has emerged online prior to its official debut in Geneva this week - it will go on sale early next year
29 February 2016

The first reportedly official images of the Porsche 911 R have leaked to the internet ahead of the car's official unveiling at the Geneva motor show this week.

These images, which were first published on a Dutch news website, show that the 911 R receives a mild bodykit, although without the fixed rear wing of the more hardcore GT3 RS. White paintwork and racing stripes give the new model a racing look.

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Powering the 911 R is the same normally aspirated 4.0-litre flat six petrol engine with 493bhp and 384lb ft of torque used in the GT3 RS. These pictures also confirm the 911 R will be offered with a manual transmission only, instead of the PDK automatic, which has become a staple of the 911.

The 911 R is designed to pay homage to the original model of the same name, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017. The new 911 R will put a focus on simple driving pleasure, and has not been engineered to set competitive lap times or provide sensible daily transport. It has instead been maximised for driver interaction and feel. 

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29 February 2016

Back to basic?,can be Driven every Day?,no wing?,fancy stripes?,will it cost less....?

Peter Cavellini.

TS7

29 February 2016

...if it hasn't sold out already (assuming it's a limited production model).

29 February 2016

Why does this leaked image show the car with 911.1 front and rear lights??

29 February 2016

The GT3 and GT3 RS that this car is based on are both 991.1 cars. This car is a 991.1 car too.

What I'm wondering is, I thought this was going to be a narrowbody back to basics car. It's a GT3 body, without the wing, with a GT3 RS motor, and a manual. Maybe there's softer suspension too?

I was expecting something without the GTS/GT3 front end bodywork.

In any case, I'm sure this car is an absolute dream to drive.

29 February 2016

and stop using the word 'leak' to describe studio photo's that have been deliberately released to the worlds press. We all know they haven't been 'leaked' out of the company headquarters by a dodgy employee with a USB stick hidden up his jacksie, so let's stop pretending shall we...?

TS7

29 February 2016

..."Leak" is the new word for "Published".

Cobnapint wrote:

and stop using the word 'leak' to describe studio photo's that have been deliberately released to the worlds press. We all know they haven't been 'leaked' out of the company headquarters by a dodgy employee with a USB stick hidden up his jacksie, so let's stop pretending shall we...?

29 February 2016

I wonder my the choice of R, it makes the R-GT3-GT3RS pecking order a little ambiguous for those not in the know. GT would have fitted nicely, unless there's a 911 RS in the works.

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