Porsche 911 r review




Porsche 911 r review

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    The outrageously addictive Porsche R lives up to all the hype.

    The R is rolling, sold-out proof that an entire industry is wrong.

    Porsche 911 r review

    Porsche 911 r review

    There you will find it can do things not even a GT3 RS can do. Join the debate Comments. Not for the first time the Motorsport department is going its own way, as it did by insisting you should push a sequential shifter forward and not back to change down a change subsequently adopted by Porsche and as it is by staying faithful to atmospheric aspiration. It rarely takes more than a couple of paragraphs to spot one of his writings, whereas Mr. Cackett's obsessive over-use of unnecessary, and often irrelevant adjectives.

    Porsche 911 r review

    Porsche 911 r review

    Porsche 911 r review

    Porsche 911 r review

    Porsche 911 r review

    Porsche R review | Autocar

    Does Porsche's decision to introduce turbochargers across the range damage its heritage? Or is the foundations of a new era for the supercar you can use everyday? Few such concepts are.

    It is able to develop and be set up in such as way as to extract not only optimal lap times, but also seriously challenge its driver. A pussycat it is not. The R is its alter ego. The differences are crucial, and every one of them designed to trade fast for fun.

    Porsche 911 r review

    The biggest is the gearbox where six manually selected gears replace seven selected by paddles. Why not seven manual gears? Not for the first time the Motorsport department is going its own way, as it did by insisting you should push a sequential shifter forward and not back to change down a change subsequently adopted by Porsche and as it is by staying faithful to atmospheric aspiration. The Weissach mob considers seven gears needlessly complex to change by hand and, besides, losing the top gear saves an entire kilo of weight.

    Instead the gearbox retains the original first four ratios, but uses a longer fifth and sixth. The engine is the same 4. Underneath, however, there is a largely flat floor and rear diffuser, not to mention a titanium exhaust. On the chassis side, GT3 RS settings have been abandoned entirely: Normally joyous, and on occasion capable of providing an almost spiritual experience. Both are equally important.

    Porsche 911 r review

    The steering is far lighter than that of a GT3 RS and in moderate driving all the better for it. Whatever anyone says, the feel is still not as lucid as it was in the days of hydraulic steering, but it is genuinely the next best thing.

    There you will find it can do things not even a GT3 RS can do. Even when not near the limit of adhesion the R is more mobile than the rigidly planted RS, asking more of its driver to maintain a pin sharp line and, yes, offering even more in return. You will never replicate their behaviour because the wheelbase of the chassis is just too long even with rear steer, but the spirit, the back to basics no-nonsense enthusiasm and that sense of adventure is there, just reborn on a plane of dynamic brilliance unimaginable even a few short years ago.

    Just will be made, all were offered to preferred customers, most already owning hypercars, and all were snapped up immediately. Although the suspension and steering systems have a bespoke tune, the hardware is almost entirely a new combination of extant componentry. Not in the least: And the truth is that, for the money, the only cars capable of offering so rich a driving experience are, in their very different ways, the GT3 RS and the McLaren S, two of our three favourite cars on sale right now.

    Porsche 911 r review

    They were both five-star cars and so is the R. I'm a long time Porsche fan and owner but this car is bittersweet and likely the point at which I turn away from buying anything new from the brand, too. Log in or register to post comments Waiting in hope. Yet another well written piece by Mr Frankel Nic Cackett, pay more attention to the skills of this writer And yes, nice not to have to translate from Elizabethan to common English.

    Log in or register to post comments Winston Churchill. What a couple of bellends. Two people who demonstrably can't write properly telling a journo how to do his job.



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