A 2016 Porsche 911 R could fetch more than £250,000 when it goes under the hammer.

The R model was revealed earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show. It’s considered the ultimate purist’s Porsche because it’s essentially a GT3 with a manual gearbox, GT3 RS engine and no wing.

When the latest-generation 911 received a range refresh in 2015, Porsche standardised turbocharged engines throughout the range, while the high-performance variants only came with the PDK automatic gearbox.

The R was introduced to appease those who were disappointed with the route Porsche was going. With only 991 built, they were first offered to loyal Porsche buyers and sold out before even being revealed to the public.

The R is slower around a track but a more involving drive for the person behind the wheel.

The engine is the 4.0-litre unit from the old GT3 RS, which is naturally aspirated and makes 493bhp. It’s mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, which uses the existing transmission casing with new internals. Buyers could also option a lightweight flywheel for even better performance.

The R is a lightweight thanks to Porsche removing sound-deadening and fitting a lighter titanium exhaust. The manual transmission also weighs less than the PDK, while carbon fibre was used for front wings.

To aid stability after the rear wing was removed, a new rear diffuser was fitted to keep the car planted at high speed.

This particular Porsche 911 R was originally sold via Porsche Centre Stockholm to the current Swedish owner. It’s number 135 of 991 and is finished in white with a black and brown leather interior.

It’s going under the hammer at Bonhams’ Zoute Sale in Belgium tomorrow evening and has an estimated price of between £220,000 and £310,000. However, if enough Porsche fanatics are in attendance, some believe it could sell for more than half a million pounds…

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

October 6, 2016

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