Geneva Motor Show LIVE: Porsche 911R image

The much anticipated hardcore version of the definitive German RWD sports car is here in the form of the Porsche 911R, outed in a world premiere in front of the worldwide audience attending the Geneva Motor Show.

The 911R is a departure from the technological craze of the XXI century in some way – the automaker says it’s a “pure-bred sports car built to conform to a time-honored formula”, and adopts a wolf in sheep’s clothing styling by packing all the punch of the 911 GT3 RS in a very restrained design. The model makes do without some of the aerodynamic goodies from the GT3 RS such as the rear wing, while the body is painted in a retro-flavored and distinctive white color with contrasting stripes. The old school styling bodes well inside and outside with the cockpit also choosing to stay true to the present. The retro atmosphere is spiced up thanks to modern technologies such as the carbon-fiber bucket seats, an R-specific 360-mm GT sport steering wheel, and a short shift gearlever. More importantly the model also features a three-pedal classic layout in the footwell, associated to the six-speed manual transmission of the car.

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The manual gearbox is linked to a naturally-aspirated flat-six 4.0-liter petrol engine that churns out 500 horsepower (368 kilowatts) and 340 pound-feet (460 Newton meters) of torque at 6,250 rpm. This is granting a 0-62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) run that only lasts for 3.7 seconds, with the top speed billed at 201 mph (323 km/h). Other worth noting goodies includes the bespoke rear-axle steering, mechanical rear differential lock, and ceramic-composite brakes which are all standard amenities in the 911R guise. Early summer will see the first deliveries and the company has already started taking orders from German and British customers visiting the Geneva show floor.