OMG I’ve been waiting for this thing for so long!
I should start of by apologising a little to you all; I’m messing around with different light-box options, and today this 1/18 Porsche 911 R is brought to you with the help of a cut-up Porsche merchandise bag. Also Gt Spirit of course.
The 911R. A new entry in to the convoluted world of Porsche model nomenclature meant, apparently, to denote that this is the utmost drivers car for the streets. Which is not, as we all foolishly believed, the GT3, GT3RS, GT4, or GTS.
This car does make some sense though, if you spend a week or two deciphering the Porsche naming system, and two more weeks matching said-names to the type of machine you get, you find a flaw.
You see, Porsche always has a hardcore version of of the 2WD platform of the 911 for the track-enthusiast. This has historically been the RS/GT line of cars. Recent memory serves the 964RS; built in the early 90's as a the lightest 911 they could build with the highest power output they could morally put in the result, was a sleek little car which the average person could not discern from a ‘normal’ 911.
The current GT3, in contrast, has wings and aero arches and there’s that fabled GT3RS cousin which just breathes fire and eats puppies. The next-lower lever of batshit brings you to the C2 GTS. That car is stunning to behold, but it is adorned with leather and air conditioning and all the splendors of luxury which the truly well-to-do will do without.
There’s no room in that line-up anymore for the average person that doesn’t want to shout about it, but who really loves driving their 911 and wants the car to want to be driven the same way.
You really have to get lost in all this, but Porsche needed to make this car.
I even think they got the name right.
This car, like the chew-your-face-off-whilst-bored-GT3RS model, has a ballistic missile out behind the rear wheels: a 493HP 4.0 liter flat six plucked directly from the GT3RS.
So then, Porsche Purists like JobJoris are screaming, isn’t this a wing-less regular GT3 model, built for the imaginary person mentioned elsewhere?
Because, as I’m sure we all actually already know, the 911R has a Manual Transmission.
I meant to capitalize that.
It’s that important. No other way are you going to get a brand new manual transmission high-power 911. Now look at it again.
Doesn’t the 911R look more glorious now, it having a 500hp naturally aspirated motor with an 8800rpm redline, rear wheel drive, and a manual?
Let’s drool together.
The only missing thing here for me, is the stripe. I’d have my 911R in full black, no stripe, with black wheels and silver calipers. Then you’d really never hear from me again.
GT Spirit knocked it out of the park on the exterior of this car. The only flaw I could find on the entire car is the steering wheel logo, which is too low on the wheel. If it was a convertible then I’d be upset, but I’m not. I love this model, it being a 911R is the only reason, if Revell made this car I’d have it all the same.
I truly and finally have a current-gen 911 to love. Un-biased reporting to resume shortly. maybe.