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Porsche plotting "purist" 911

05.09.2017

The Head of Porsche's Research and Development arm has hinted that the company could be introducing a "purist" version of the 911 as part of its regular model line-up, instead of it being a limited edition model.

In an interview with Britain's Autocar magazine on the sidelines of the new Cayenne launch last week, Michael Steiner said the Stuttgart automaker has indentified "the potential for [a] more purist version with no limitation", reports claim could be derived from the 911 R shown at the Geneva Motor Show last year.

"What we learned is that there are more and more customers who enjoy pure, fun-to-drive sports cars. Porsche always has some limited as well as unlimited sports cars. For pure sports cars, there’s no need for limitation," Steiner said.

He however declined to provide any further details, although rumors have alleged that the simplified 911 could be offered with a six-speed manual gearbox, stripped-out interior and possibly one of the marque's current turbocharged engines.

Already one of the most sought after Porsche models with resale values and asking prices continuing to spike, the 911 R packs the same 4.0-litre normally aspirated flat-six engine as the GT3 RS, but makes extensive use of carbon fibre and magnesium to cut weight by 50 kg.

Developing 368 kW and 460 Nm of torque, the R only comes equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox and is claimed to reach 100 km/h from standstill in 3.8 seconds, and reach a top speed of 323 km/h.

Article written by Autodealer
05.09.2017
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