German automaker Porsche used the 2016 Geneva Motor Show to unveil the new, track-bred Porsche 911 R, which will have its production limited to only 991 units worldwide. At 3,021 pounds, the track-focused sports car is the lightest variation of the 911 you can buy.
The 911 R is powered by a 4.0L naturally-aspirated flat-six engine borrowed from the 911 GT3 RS, tuned to produce 500 horsepower at 8,250 RPM and 338 lb.-ft. (460 newton meters) of torque at 6,250 RPM.
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A standard six-speed manual transmission (sorry, no PDK) enables it to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 200 miles per hour (322 km/h).
Other performance highlights include specially-tuned standard rear-axle steering, a mechanical rear differential lock, 20-inche forged aluminum center-locking wheels wrapped around in UHP tires, and the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake system with 16.1 inch front and 15.4 inch rear rotors.
The track monster is 110 pounds lighter than the 911 GT3 RS, thanks in large part to the front luggage compartment lid / front fenders being made from carbon fiber and the roof from magnesium. Porsche’s engineers also reduced the car’s interior insulation and removed the rear seats.
The exterior is distinguished by a distinctive white paint with contrasting stripes, while the Spartan interior comes with bucket seats. The rear wing present on the GT3 RS is absent.
The 2016 Porsche 911 R arrives in summer 2016 with a starting price of $184,900 in the United States, excluding a $1,050 destination charge.
Check Out This One-Off Ferrari SP38
This is the Ferrari SP38, a one-off, 488 GTB-based supercar Ferrari made exclusively for ones its very wealthy clients.
A lot of people dream of one day owning a Ferrari. While some people do well enough to make that dream come true, there’s another class of Ferrari fans with the chops to have the company make them a special one-off car as part of its highly-exclusive “special projects” program. Former rock star and longtime Ferrari lover Eric Clapton is the owner of a $4.7 million SP version of the now-retired 458 Italia.
Described as having “a deep passion for racing,” the Ferrarista in question worked with the Ferrari Design Center to create an all-new bodywork that clearly sets the SP38 apart from its donor car. It draws inspiration from the iconic F40 and is characterized by a strongly tapered nose with thin headlights, dramatic side skirts, small side windows, star-shaped wheels and, of course, a cool louvered cover for the twin-turbo V8 engine.
It has a much more dialed-back and timeless look than the 488 GTB that I quite like it.
The Italian automaker didn’t say what its client paid for the SP38, but be certain that it’s a lot more expensive than the $300,000 488 GTB.
High-Performance Acura NSX Type-R Coming In 2020
There have been rumors of a hotter Type-R version of the Acura NSX ever since the the second-generation model hit the market in 2016.
Acura’s vice president and general manager Jon Ikeda previously hinted at the idea of an NSX Type-R, and now a new report claims it could arrive in 2020.
In an interview with , he expressed a strong desire to see the car but stopped short of confirming anything:
“I’m a car guy, so always faster performance vehicles… yeah we like that, we talk about it. We’ll see… anything can happen. “There’s always proposals.”
There are speculations that NSX Type-R could have up to 641 horsepower, which is a nice bump over the standard NSX’s 573-hp.
The Australia outlet claims it has been approved for development and that it will debut sometime in 2019 before arriving in 2020, but because we haven’t heard it from Acura’s own mouth, we’ll have to wait and see what’s speeding our way, if anything.
Lotus Exige Sport 410 Sports Car Strikes A Balance
Lotus has added a new member to its Exige family — the Exige Sport 410.
Slooting between the Exige Sport 350 and Exige Cup 430, the Lotus Exige Sport 410 benefits from many of the Exige Cup 430’s parts and is powered by the same 3.5L V6. Recalibrated to generate 410 hp at 7,000 rpm 310 lb-ft. from 3,000 rpm to 7000 rpm, the engine allows it to can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in a supercar-like 3.3 seconds on route to a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h), which is the same as the Exige Cup 430.
The Exige 410’s chassis, suspension and dampers were are borrowed from the Exige Cup 430, but it gains Eibach adjustable front and rear anti-roll bars and its three-way adjustable Nitron dampers have been retuned for a more comfortable ride on everyday roads.
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires fill the wheel wells (285/30 ZR18 rear and 215/45 ZR17 front), while stopping power is provided by AP Racing forged, four-piston calipers and performance two-piece J-hook brake discs.
Other performance highlights include a full exhaust system in titanium and a number of high-gloss, visible weave carbon fiber components inside and out. Buyers can equip their car with such motorsport options as electrical cut-off and fire extinguisher controls, airbag deletion, a non-airbag steering wheel, 4-point harnesses and a dealer fit FIA compliant roll cage.
Inside, the Exige Sport 410 gets an Alcantara steering wheel and carbon fiber sports seats upholstered in either a combination of Alcantara and leather or full leather.
Unfortunately, the Lotus Exige Sport 410 will not be sold in North America.