Porsche’s manual-only, GT3-powered limited-edition 911 R will be a purist’s dream come true

Porsche 911 GT3
Porsche is preparing to introduce a limited-edition model dubbed 911 R, a heritage-laced nameplate last used in 1967. The R is shaping up to be a lighter, less complex, and more driver-focused version of the track-ready 911 GT3 (pictured).

Like the GT3, the 911 R will be powered by a naturally-aspirated 3.8-liter flat-six engine tuned to deliver 475 horsepower at 8,250 rpm and 324 pound-feet of torque. However, while the GT3 ships with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, the R will exclusively be available with a purist-approved six-speed manual gearbox. Rear-wheel drive will be the only configuration offered.

Not content with merely adding a third pedal, Porsche will give the R a more streamlined, model-specific look by removing most of the GT3’s aerodynamic add-ons, including the sizable wing that’s mounted on the deck lid. The coupe will also ride on skinnier tires, and it will be lighter than the GT3 thanks to a long list of weight-saving modifications. The diet should help the R reach 60 mph in a little over three seconds, a figure that will make it as fast as the GT3.

August Achleitner, the head of the 911 product line, recently suggested that the 911 R will greet the public for the first time in March at the Geneva Auto Show.  He stopped short of confirming availability, but rumors claim that production will be strictly limited to just 600 examples worldwide.

How much of a premium the R will carry over the regular GT3 isn’t known, but pricing is of little interest to us because sources close to Porsche have revealed that it’s already too late to buy one new. A carefully selected group of loyal Porsche customers — including 918 Spyder owners and collectors who own several high-end models — were given an exclusive preview of the 911 R, and by the end of the event the entire production run had been spoken for.

Updated 1/21/2016 by Ronan Glon: Added new information about the 911 R’s official debut.

Product Review

The 2019 Porsche Macan S is a luxurious and quick SUV, but it's no road tripper

The roster of models challenging the Porsche Macan grows annually. The German firm updated its smallest, most affordable SUV with a new engine, more tech features, and subtle design tweaks to keep it looking fresh.

Trash at 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate'? Use this guide to train up and get good

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the biggest game in the entire series, and it can be overwhelming for newcomers not used to the universe-colliding fighting game. Here's what you need to know when you're starting.

5G’s arrival is transforming tech. Here’s everything you need to know to keep up

It has been years in the making, but 5G is finally becoming a reality. While 5G coverage is still extremely limited, expect to see it expand in 2019. Not sure what 5G even is? Here's everything you need to know.

Here’s how to install Windows on a Chromebook

If you want to push the functionality of your new Chromebook to another level, and Linux isn't really your deal, you can try installing Windows on a Chromebook. Here's how to do so, just in case you're looking to nab some Windows-only…

2020 Toyota Supra caught hiding in a trailer without a shred of camouflage

Toyota's plan to once again lure enthusiasts into showrooms involves bringing back the Supra, one of its most emblematic nameplates. Here's what we know so far about the upcoming coupe, which Toyota is developing jointly with BMW.

NYC mandates minimum wage for Uber, Lyft, other app-based rideshare drivers

New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission approved a rule that drivers for companies such as Uber and Lyft must be paid at least minimum wage, even though they are independent contractors. The new pay rate includes operating costs.

Driving a prototype 2020 Passat at Volkswagen’s Arizona Proving Ground

Volkswagen’s Arizona Proving Ground is where new cars are tested to the breaking point, including the 2020 Passat midsize sedan. Ride along as the new Passat completes testing ahead of its 2019 launch.

LM Industries’ autonomous shuttles head to Phoenix, Sacramento campuses

LM Industries will deploy Olli low-speed autonomous shuttles at school campuses in Arizona and California as part of its ongoing "fleet challenge," which asks local groups to propose uses for autonomous vehicles.

Bosch’s CES-bound shuttle concept takes us on a trip to a not-too-distant future

Bosch envisions a future in which driverless shuttles occupy their own market segment. The German firm won't build the shuttles, but it wants to provide everything else, ranging from the drive system to the apps used to hail them.
Emerging Tech

A lidar-equipped truck knows exactly how much de-icer to apply on roads

Lidar is best known as the laser-based technology that helps self-driving cars sense their surroundings. But the city of Knoxville has another, more seasonal use for it: De-icing roads.
Product Review

Boring takes a back seat as 2019 Corolla Hatchback mixes fun with practicality

We drive the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, the latest hatchback to bear the Corolla name. As the best-selling nameplate in automotive history, Toyota has high expectations to meet. This model mostly lives up to the legacy.

Hertz speeds up car rentals with biometric scan technology

Biometric security technology that uses face, fingerprint, and voice recognition is gaining traction, with Hertz emerging as the latest company to incorporate it into its daily operations.
Product Review

Inside Maserati's Levante SUV beats the heart of a Ferrari

Maserati’s luxury SUV gets a shot in the arm by way of Ferrari-derived V8 power, but is it enough to go toe-to-toe with the established players in the high performance sport-utility segment? Let’s find out.

McLaren puts the pedal to the metal in special-edition OnePlus 6T

The OnePlus 6T is yet another flagship killer smartphone, bringing powerful specifications to a much lower price than the competition. Now, OnePlus has teamed up with McLaren for the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition.