'The best manual you can't buy new'
2016 Porsche 911 R Type 991 Coupé
Chassis no. WPOZZZ99ZGS194097
2016 Porsche 911 R Type 991 Coupé
Chassis no. WPOZZZ99ZGS194097
•Delivered new to Sweden
•52 kilometres from new
•One private Swedish owner from new
'On paper the Porsche 911 R is a GT3 with a manual gearbox, the GT3 RS's engine, and no wing. However, the philosophy behind the car is a little more involved than that. This is meant to be a really pure, emotive 911, a car that is about driver involvement on the road rather than the track.'- Evo magazine.
Somewhat confusingly, the seventh generation of Porsche's perennial 911 sports car was designated 'Type 991', succeeding the Type 997. Introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011, the Type 991 is only the third all-new platform for the 911 since the original of 1963, the second being the Type 996 of 1999. Its development overseen by Porsche's Chief Designer, Michael Mauer, the Type 991 represented a logical progression from the Type 997 and was slightly larger than its immediate predecessor while retaining the classic 911 look. The most important chassis change was to the wheelbase, which increased in length by 100mm, while a new transaxle enabled the rear wheels to be relocated 76mm rearwards relative to the engine, improving both weight distribution and cornering performance. Transmission options comprised six-speed or seven-speed manual gearboxes, with Porsche's dual-clutch (PDK) shift optional on the latter.
Porsche's signature 'flat-six' engine was available in three different capacities in the Type 991 (3.4 litres, 3.8 litres, and 4.0 litres) with power outputs ranging from the entry-level Carrera's 345bhp up to the Turbo S's 552 horsepower. Following its established practice, Porsche also offered Cabriolet, Targa, GT3 and GT3 RS variants to cater for all customer demands ranging from soft-top boulevard cruiser to track-day assault weapon.
In September 2015, the Type 991 was introduced in revised and restyled form for the 2016 model year, becoming the '991.2' in factory parlance. To the concern of some traditionalists, turbo-charged engines were now standardised throughout the range: a 3.0-litre unit in the Carrera and Carrera S, and a 3.8-litre one in the Turbo models. The purists did not have to wait long for their concerns to be assuaged, as in March 2016 at the Geneva Motor Show Porsche unveiled the limited edition 911 R, featuring the 'old' GT3 RS's normally aspirated 4.0-litre 493bhp engine and a new six-speed manual gearbox.
Regarded by many as the 911 R's biggest selling point, the new six-speeder used the existing transmission casing but featured new internals, while customers wishing to extract the ultimate from this engine/transmission combination could specify the optional lightweight single-mass flywheel. There was also a 'Sport' mode (selecting optimum engine revs during shifts) for those unused to finessing a manual 'box. According to Evo: 'The gearshift itself is lovely. Not overly-short, but perfectly precise, deliciously weighted and much better than the seven-speed.'
This new six-speed manual gearbox was lighter than the PDK type, while the use of carbon fibre front wings and a titanium exhaust system, coupled with the removal of sound insulation, enabled Porsche to bring the 911 R's kerb weight down to 1,370kg, making it around 50kg lighter than the GT3 RS. If that was still not enough, the air conditioning and radio could be deleted, saving a few more kilograms.
The running gear retained the GT3's active rear-wheel steering, albeit re-calibrated for the 911 R, while Porsche's carbon ceramic brakes were standard. With the GT3-type large rear wing gone, a new rear diffuser was incorporated to restore high-speed stability, vitally necessary in a car capable of exceeding 200mph. Despite its stupendous performance, the 911 R had been developed principally as a road car, with lighter steering, softer suspension, and narrower tyres than the track-day focussed GT3 RS. But although the latter has more grip and can corner faster, the lightweight 911 R accelerates more quickly than its hardcore cousin. Evo again: 'Despite the Cup tyres and 493bhp, this really is a 911 that you can drive and enjoy at sane speeds. It definitely feels lighter and shorter than any other 991. Crucially it also feels like a 911, with the capacity to subtly move with a road in the way that a rear-engined car should. Push harder and some of this nuance actually recedes, leaving you with devastating composure and huge reserves of grip.'
Only 991 examples of the 911 R will be built, and all have been offered - and sold - to Porsche's preferred customers, leaving many enthusiasts disappointed, and prompting online motoring web site Jalopnik to declare: 'The 2017 Porsche 911 R will be the best manual 911 you can't buy'.
Sold new in July 2016 via Porsche Centre Stockholm, Sweden to the current Swedish private owner, this particular 911 R - number '135' of the production run of 991 cars - is finished in white and has a black/brown two-tone interior in full natural leather. It was delivered with the following factory options:
Front axle jacking system
Preparation for mobile phone
Light design package
Sport Chrono Package including Porsche Track Precision App
Contrast colour Green
Carbon fibre floor mats with leather edging
Stripes in Satin Black with Porsche logo in Satin Green
Extended leather packages, doors
Extended leather packages, dashboard seams in contrasting colour Platinum Grey or Guards Red
Automatic anti-glare exterior mirrors including rain sensor
Porsche Communication Management (PCM) including Navigation
Side skirts painted
LED headlights in black including Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS)
Upper part of SportDesign rear-view mirrors in carbon fibre
Steering column casing in leather
Filler cap in the Aluminium Look
Only 52 kilometres have been covered since delivery on 18th July of this year, and as one would expect, this wonderful car is presented in superb 'as new' condition offered by its first Swedish private owner. Offered with Car Order form, two keys, its original book pack, and Swedish registration papers, '135' represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire one of the rarest, most exciting and sought after Porsches of modern times offered at almost new price.
Please be advised that due to the age and limited number of kilometres recorded on the odometer, this Lot will incur a TVA (VAT) liability upon registration in the EU. The TVA (VAT) payable will be the rate prevailing in the country of registration applied to the total invoice amount, plus any applicable transport charges. Wil aub uzelf ervan gewissen dat omwille van de leeftijd en lage kilometerstand, dit lot BTW-aansprakelijkheid met zich meebrengt bij inschrijving in de EU. De BTW zal worden geheven in het land van bestemming (inschrijving) op het totale bedrag exclusief eventuele transportkosten. Veuillez noter qu'en raison de l'ancienneté et d'un faible kilométrage enregistré sur le compteur, ce lot sera soumis à la TVA (VAT) au moment de son immatriculation en UE. La taux de TVA (VAT) applicable sera celui du pays où l'immatriculation sera faite, et s'appliquera sur le montant total de la facture, ainsi que sur toutes les charges de transport. Wir weisen darauf hin, dass dieses Los aufgrund des jungen Alters und der geringen angegebenen Kilometeranzahl bei einer Fahrzeuganmeldung in der EU MwSt.-pflichtig ist. Die auf den Gesamtpreis zzgl. möglicher Transportkosten zu zahlende MwSt. entspricht der im Land der Anmeldung geltenden Rate.
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