The 911 R is slower than the GT3 RS it shares an engine with. That doesn’t make it slow.
Top Gear’s Chris Harris is spending a lot of time with Porsche’s 911 R press car, the same one we drove last year, in fact. In what is surely an attempt to make the entire car world jealous, Harris just posted a video of himself taking the R up to 180 mph on a closed test track. It is glorious.
The cool thing about the 911 R is that it has significantly less sound deadening material than other current-generation 911s. That combined with a rear-seat delete means the cabin gets filled with tons of fantastic intake noise when you accelerate. It’s loud in the best possible way.
The 911 R isn’t just about straight-line speed, but it’s impressive to see what it can do on an empty road. And just listen to that noise.