PORSCHE PURISTS, START SAV­ING

Mercury (Hobart) - Motoring - - CARSGUIDE CONFIDENTIAL - Craig Duff

A PORSCHE for purists will of­fi­cially break cover at the Geneva Mo­tor Show in a few weeks.

The launch of the most re­cent 911 range was marked by a shift to tur­bocharged en­gines and dual-clutch trans­mis­sions. The move en­hanced per­for­mance but caused some angst on so­cial me­dia where pun­dits de­cried the per­ceived loss of driver in­ter­ac­tiv­ity with the car.

En­ter the 911 R. Porsche prod­uct chief Au­gust Ach­leit­ner won’t con­firm the R is com­ing but says “wait for Geneva”.

Ru­mours sug­gest the hi-po Porsche will adopt ei­ther nat­u­rally as­pi­rated 3.8-litre en­gine in the 911 GT3 or even the more out­ra­geous 4.0-litre en­gine from GT3 RS (pic­tured), matched to a sixspeed man­ual. It is also ex­pected to ride on skin­nier rubber than its GT3 sib­lings and could even ditch the trade­mark rear spoiler.

That will lessen out­right grip but should make the R more fun to pi­lot, given driv­ers will be able to reach the limit of ad­he­sion ear­lier and then bal­ance the car on the throt­tle.

The light­weight, back-to-ba­sics for­mula is also likely to delete the four-wheel steer­ing found in the top-tier 911s in favour of a more primal driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Purists re­joice but start sav­ing your pen­nies — the R is ex­pected to ri­val the GT3s on price.

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