What's half a decade of development done for the ultimate manual 911? To Hockenheim!

By Matt Bird / Friday, October 8, 2021 / Loading comments

Can it really be five years since the 911 R? It seems barely a few months ago that Porsche revived that most iconic of 911 badges for a GT3-engined car shorn of equipment and spoilers. Then offered first dibs to 918 Spyder buyers, meaning there weren’t enough Rs to go around for all those who wanted one – what a kerfuffle that was, escalating to rumours of cars offered for a million dollars.

Keen to tap into the enthusiasm for a GT3 manual offered in a subtle shell – who’d have thought it would be so popular – Porsche introduced a Touring package for the second generation of 991 GT3. That was sufficiently well received for it to return for the 992 era. All have been pretty epic, but now there’s chance to quantify the epicness, because those lucky devils at sportauto have been comparing 911 R with the latest GT3 Touring.

The result is a longer video that it normally publishes, and includes a road section. Which looks like a great way to spend a day, but the track test is surely of most interest. After all, what has five years of development, a new model generation, and the introduction of front double wishbones done for cars separated by just 10hp?

It’ll be no surprise to learn the new car is wickedly fast, even with less downforce than a spoilered GT3. Acceleration is unrelenting, braking performance mighty, grip enormous and the noise out of this world. Looks great fun with a stick and a third pedal, too. However, don’t assume the 991 is suddenly outclassed; we won’t entirely spoil the surprise here, but the old car wasn’t as far behind as expected. It perhaps loses a little time in outright cornering speed – where the new front suspension will surely help the 992 – though it’s still really quick. And speed almost seems like a secondary concern with that soundtrack…

So while the ultimate conclusion is that new 911 is faster than old 911, arguably the bigger takeaway is just how engaging sports cars with manual gearboxes really are. This is exactly the sort of video to remind us of all what a joy they can be, so let’s hope three pedals have at least some time left. And if it’s rekindled a fondness for the 911 R, you certainly aren’t alone; shame they haven’t got any cheaper…


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