There’s always room for another 911 in Porsche’s sporty lineup. The latest one to join the party is the 911 GT3 R. It’s designed as a lighter, faster, and more economical customer race car and is now available to order around the world.
Based off its production sibling the GT3 RS, the R design improves weight, aerodynamics, fuel efficiency, handling, safety, and of course horsepower. Owners will also like the fact it’s not as expensive to service and spare parts won’t cost as much.
The R version is based on the RS’s lightweight aluminum-steel composite racing body. It’s roof, front cover and fairing, wheel arches, doors, side and tail sections, and rear cover are all made of lightweight carbon fibre. Porsche then slimmed it down even more with polycarbonate windows, a material also used for the first time in the windscreen.
As for power, the GTS 3 R will be ready to tear up the road featuring more than 500 horsepower from a cutting-edge four-liter, flat-six engine that’s nearly identical to the road-legal one in the RS.
For improved fuel economy the engine is direct injection, can operate under up to 200 bars of pressure, and features a variable valve timing technology system. This is coupled with an increased rev range with power from the rear engine going to the 310 mm rear wheels using a sequential six-speed constant-mesh gear box. Paddles for shifting are conveniently located on the steering wheel.
The iconic exterior will feature the traditional 911 look as well as a go-faster rear wing that measures 2 meters (78 inches) by 40 cm wide (15 inches) and serves the special purpose of increases both aerodynamics and eyebrow raises. The wheelbase is also being lengthened by 8.3 centimeters to contribute to a more balanced weight distribution as well as a more stable handling experience that allows for improved safety around fast corners.
Stiffness and ABS braking performance are also better, along with an improved cut-off fuel system to boost safety. It will also get a double-bubble roof and distinctive wheel arch air vents on the front that increase downforce and performance. The escape hatch in the roof is larger.
The R is available now to order worldwide with a hefty $490,000 U.S. price tag with a country-specific VAT and will ship out in December. For drivers, like George Clooney, there is the more reasonable RS version that will arrive stateside in July and is priced at $175,900.