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The 2016 Porsche 991 R

Historic date Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Limited special model with naturally aspirated engine and manual transmission

Wolf in sheep's clothing – the new Porsche 911 R

Stuttgart. With its new 911 R, Porsche is unveiling a puristic sports car in classical design at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show. Its 368 kW (500 hp) four-litre naturally aspirated flat engine and six-speed sports transmission places the 911 R firmly in the tradition of its historic role model: a road-homologated racing car from 1967. Produced as part of a limited production series, the 911 R (R for Racing) performed in rallies, in the Targa Florio and in world record runs. Like its legendary predecessor, the new 911 R relies on systematic lightweight construction, maximum performance and an unfiltered driving experience: this special limited-edition model of 991 units has an overall weight of 1,370 kilograms and is currently the lightest version of the 911. With the high-revving six-cylinder naturally aspirated engine and manual sports transmission, Porsche is once again displaying its commitment to especially emotional high-performance sports cars. Developed in the motorsport workshop, the 911 R extends the spectrum of high-performance naturally aspirated engines alongside the motor racing models 911 GT3 and 911 GT3 RS.

At work in the rear of the 911 R is the six-cylinder flat engine with a displacement of four litres, familiar from the 911 GT3 RS. The racing engine delivers 500 hp at 8,250 rpm and generates 460 Nm at a speed of 6,250 rpm. From a standing start, the rear-engined car breaks through the 100 km/h barrier in 3.8 seconds. In keeping with the puristic character of the vehicle, the 911 with its lightweight design is available exclusively with a six-speed sports transmission. Short gearshift travel underlines the active driving experience. The forward thrust of the 911 R continues to a speed of 323 km/h. Combined fuel consumption in the NEDC is 13.3 l/100 km.

A thoroughbred driving machine: technology from the race track

The 911 R could almost have been made for tight corners. The specially tuned standard rear-axle steering guarantees especially direct turn-in characteristics and precise handling while maintaining high stability. The mechanical rear differential lock builds up maximum traction. Ensuring the greatest possible deceleration is the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) as a standard feature. It measures a generous 410 millimetres on the front axle and 390 millimetres on the rear. Ultra High Performance Tyres of size 245 millimetres at the front and 305 millimetres at the rear are responsible for contact to the road. They are mounted on forged 20-inch lightweight wheels with central lock in matt aluminium.

Motorsport development has specially adapted the control systems of the Porsche Stability Management (PSM) for the 911 R. A double-declutch function activated by pressing a button for perfect gearshifts when changing down is also part of the repertoire of the 911 R as is the optional single-mass flywheel. The result is a significant improvement in spontaneity and high-revving dynamics of the engine. For unrestricted practicality in everyday use, a lift system can also be ordered: it raises ground clearance of the front axle by approximately 30 millimetres at the touch of a button.

With its overall weight of 1,370 kilograms, the 911 R undercuts the 911 GT3 RS by 50 kilograms. Bonnet and wings are made of carbon and the roof of magnesium. This reduces the centre of gravity for the vehicle. Rear windscreen and rear side windows consist of lightweight plastic. Additional factors are the reduced insulation in the interior and the omission of a rear bench seat. The optional air conditioning system and the radio including audio system also fell victim to the slimming cure.

Wolf in sheep's clothing: classic 911 look with GT motor racing technology

From the exterior, the 911 R gives a reserved impression. At first sight, the body resembles that of the Carrera. Merely the nose and rear body familiar from the 911 GT3 hint at the birthplace of the 911 R: namely the motorsport department in Flacht. In technical terms therefore, the 911 R has a lot to show under the bonnet: the drive technology comes from the 911 GT3 RS. All the lightweight components of the body and the complete chassis originate from the 911 GT3. However, with a view to road use, the body manages without the fixed rear wing. Instead, a retractable rear spoiler, familiar from the Carrera models, and a rear underbody diffuser specific to R models provide the necessary downforce. Front and rear apron come from the 911 GT3. The sports exhaust system consists of the lightweight construction material titanium. A redesigned spoiler lip is installed at the front. Porsche logos on the sides of the vehicle and continuous colour stripes in red or green over the entire mid-section of the vehicle show the relationship to its legendary predecessor.

The driver sits in a carbon full bucket seat with fabric centre panels in Pepita tartan design, recalling the first 911 in the 1960s. An “R-specific” GT sport steering wheel with a diameter of 360 millimetres receives steering commands from the driver. Gearshifts take place in traditional manner via an R-specific short gearshift lever and the clutch pedal. Carbon trim strips in the interior with an embedded aluminium badge on the front passenger's side indicate the limited number of the 911 R. A typical feature of GT vehicles are the pull straps as door openers.

Launch and prices

Orders for the 911 R can be placed as of now. In Germany it will be in the showrooms as of May. Inclusive of value added tax and country-specific features, it costs 189,544 euros.

Porsche 911 R: urban fuel consumption 20.1 l/100 km; extra-urban 9.3 l/100 km; combined 13.3 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 308 g/km; efficiency class (Germany): G.

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Historic date Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Good news for 911 fans: on the 50th anniversary of the 911 Targa, Porsche is offering the design classic as a GTS model for the first time. The concept of the Targa delivers very safe driving enjoyment with all-wheel drive and a rollover protection bar combined with the fresh air fun of a targa top that can be stowed fully automatically.

Contributing to a boost in driving dynamics are the 430 hp (316 kW) GTS engine together with the standard Sport Chrono package, PASM chassis and 20-inch wheels that are one-half inch wider. The Targa 4 GTS reaches a top speed of over 300 km/h (186 mph), and with a PDK transmission it completes the sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds (0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds). Despite its additional 30 hp (22 kW) of power, its combined fuel consumption – which ranges from 9.2 to 10.0 l/100km, depending on the type of transmission – is exactly the same as for the 911 Targa 4 S.

This most dynamic Targa can be made out as a GTS model at first glance – from any viewing perspective. The front view is defined by the sport design of the front end with an opening for the auxiliary middle radiator and by its smoked bi-xenon headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS). In a side view, the car's characteristic GTS attributes are the silky gloss black 20-inch 911 Turbo S wheels with central locks, sport design door mirrors and "GTS" signatures on the doors. The "targa" logo on the silver rollover protection bar is also painted in silky gloss black. Black accents at the rear are the glossy trim on the special GTS air inlet screen and the model logo.

The Targa has been an established member of the 911 lineup since it made its debut back in 1965. Around one out of eight 911 cars ever sold was a Targa. The market share of the latest generation of this exquisitely styled 911 with its characteristic rollover protection bar is 13 percent – and growing. With the 911 Targa 4 GTS, Porsche is extending its lineup of the modern classic by adding a top model whose extensive package of standard features and price are appealing.

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Historic date Friday, November 21, 2014

As sporty top models of the 911 Carrera model series, positioned beneath the 911 Turbo and the 911 GT3, the new GTS sports cars have an exceptionally dynamic chassis. This is based on the wide track of the all-wheel drive 911; the rear track was increased to 1,560 mm on the rear-wheel drive models as well. The benefits: an even lower tendency to roll and even better stability in bends.

Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) is standard equipment. It delivers an optimally tuned characteristic in each individual active damper under all dynamic driving conditions. Compared to 911 models with a conventional passive chassis, the ride height of the GTS is ten millimetres lower. This lowers the centre of gravity, which is another plus in dynamic driving through bends. Thanks to PASM, the driver can choose a much broader spread between greater agility when driving quickly through bends and relaxed comfort on long trips.

In vehicles with a manual seven-speed transmission, Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) improves traction and tracking stability and reduces load alteration reactions in conjunction with the mechanical rear differential lock. The even higher-performance PTV Plus is used in vehicles with a dual clutch transmission. It offers an electronically-controlled, fully-variable rear differential lock. In addition, PTV or PTV Plus improves agility and steering precision by brake interventions at the rear wheel at the inside of the bend.

The tires are mounted on Porsche wheels that have a unique central lock as standard. This technology that reduces rotating masses, which originated from motorsport, is used in just a few exclusive special models and super sports cars today. The wheels with a central lock, which are otherwise only offered on the 911 Turbo S, are made of forged aluminum, and they are distinguished by maximum strength and minimal weight. Exclusive to the GTS models are their silky gloss black paint.

Extended PASM sport suspension generates rear-end downforce

As an option in the GTS coupe models, Porsche offers the PASM sport chassis with an aerodynamic package and 20 mm lower ride height. For one, the independent front spoiler lip that is part of the package has been aerodynamically optimized. For another, the rear spoiler extends out further than on models without a sport chassis. These aerodynamic modifications result in less aerodynamic lift at the front axle and more downforce at the rear axle. With the PASM sport chassis, a 911 Carrera GTS makes very good contact with the road at high speeds and reacts precisely and directly to steering inputs.

Intelligent PDCC effectively controls body roll

The optional Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) chassis control system extends the dynamic performance spectrum of the new GTS models even more. PDCC is a system for active roll compensation which detects side roll at its onset when driving through bends, and it nearly compensates entirely for the roll. The system utilizes four active, adjustable hydraulic cylinders that are located on each strut. The system enables greater agility over all speed ranges, improved steering response and well-balanced load alternation response.

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Historic date Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Porsche Taiwan launched the 911 Carrera GTS with an impressive DJ live show and orchestra performance. Watch some of the highlights from the event in this videoclip.

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Historic date Friday, November 21, 2014

The engine of the 911 Carrera GTS models is an advanced development of the liter 3.8 liter six-cylinder from the 911 Carrera S. An additional 30 hp was gained by completely reworking the intake manifold. The variable resonance induction system that was specially developed was essential to boosting the engine's power and torque.

In this system, the central intake manifold flap is supplemented by six additional resonance flaps, one in each individual cylinder runner. They are simultaneously opened or closed based on engine speed and accelerator pedal position. The result: oscillating tube charging provides for better fillingof the combustion chambers. This ensures that an optimal amount of fresh air reaches the combustion chambers in all driving situations, generating high torque at low revs and more power at high revs.

In parallel, airflow within the engine was optimized. The goal: more charging at high revs for more power. To achieve this, the intake ports of the cylinder heads were geometrically optimized, and they were machine-lapped, i.e. smoothed, by a new process, which reduces their resistance to air flow. New intake camshafts with a larger valve stroke and a modified valve-spring kit enable induction of more fresh air into the combustion chambers over a longer period. The results: improved resonance charging which, in conjunction with the reworked engine control system, leads to optimal charging of the combustion chamber. The driver can access the full torque of the 911 Carrera S engine, and thereby its elasticity, as well as more power from the GTS engine at full throttle. This leads to very impressive driving characteristics in the 911 Carrera GTS.

When combined with the Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK), the 911 Carrera GTS sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 4.0 seconds (60 mph in 3.8 seconds) (Cabriolet: 4.2; 60 mph in 4.0 seconds), a top value that is one-tenth of a second faster than the S model. The top speed of each GTS model is beyond the 300 km/h barrier; the fastest at 306 km/h is the Coupe with a manual transmission and rear-wheel drive. The additional power is the result of increased engine efficiency; the car's combined fuel consumption figures remain unchanged from those of the S models.

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Historic date Sunday, December 21, 2014

Porsche is extending its 911 Carrera model range with four GTS models. Several technical features heighten dynamic performance and driving pleasure, including a 430 hp of power engine, the Sport Chrono package, and the PASM active damper system which lowers the ride height by ten millimetres They close the gap between the 400 hp 911 Carrera S and the street-legal 911 GT3 with 475 hp (350 kW) that was optimized for the race track.

Added performance as well as an extended range of standard features make the new models attractive in price as well. A number of options are included as standard, such as Bi-Xenon headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) and the sport exhaust system for unmistakable GTS sound. The GTS models are available as coupe or cabriolet versions, with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. So now the 911 model series offers a total of 19 sports cars at six power levels.

The new 911 cars set themselves apart from the other 911 Carrera models both technically and visually. The modified 430 hp 3.8liter flat-six engine (316 kW) of the GTS models produces nearly the same power as the engine of the previous generation 911 GT3 (435 hp/ 320 kW). Even more dynamic performance is generated by the combination of PASM and the dynamic engine mounts of the Sport Chrono package. Handling is noticeably more stable during throttle changes and in fast bends. Yet, the models still offer excellent 911 ride comfort on rough roads. The newly tuned gear-shifting unit of the standard seven-speed manual transmission lets drivers shift with less force in precise shift gates.

The GTS model’s sophistication is also visible on the exterior of the 911 Carrera GTS. All models have the 911 Carrera 4 body which features wide flared rear wheel arches and the widened track of the all-wheel drive 911, which was increased by 36 millimetres. 20-inch center lock wheels are also standard. Previously these wheels were reserved for just the 911 Turbo S; on the 911 Carrera GTS they are exclusively painted in silky gloss black. The GTS appearance is rounded out by sport design trim at the front end with an opening for the auxiliary middle radiator, smoked Bi-Xenon headlights and front lights as well as the sport design door mirrors. Black accents have been added as well: the painted trim strips on the air intake, chrome-plated exhaust tailpipes and 911 Carrera GTS badges on the door and rear lid.

The driver and front passenger sport seats have center panels made of Alcantara similar to other GTS models by Porsche.

The 911 is the fourth GTS model that Porsche is currently offering, in addition to the Boxster, Cayman, and Panamera.At Porsche, GTS stands for Gran Turismo Sport, and it symbolizes extraordinary Porsche performance. A Porsche of the GTS category is always easy toidentify; a characteristic design element is its black contrast color. The GTS also comes with extended sport-oriented features.

The letter combination began its origins in the 904 Carrera GTS, a race car built in 1963, which could also be registered for street use. The 924 GTS and 928 GTS cultivated this principle in the 1980s and 1990s. In 2007, the GTS experienced a revival in the form of the Cayenne GTS, which later implemented to the 911, Panamera, Boxster, and Cayman model series. The first generation of the 911 Carrera GTS attracted broad interest worldwide. Since its launch in 2010, one out of four 911 Carrera Cabriolet buyers chose a GTS model, and around 23 percent of all Carrera coupes displayed the GTSbadge. A total of over 6,200 GTS models of the prior 911 generation were delivered to customers.


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