German sports car specialist Porsche could be plotting a mainstay ‘purist’ version of its 911 sports car, if a new report out of the UK is anything to go by.
Speaking with Autocar this week at the launch of the new-generation Cayenne SUV, company research and development (R&D) boss, Michael Steiner, hinted at a stripped-back variant in similar vein to the 2016 911 R (pictured), though this time it wouldn’t be a limited-run model.
“[There’s] potential for more purist versions of sports cars with no limitation,” he said.
“What we learned [from 911 R] is that there are more and more customers who enjoy pure, fun-to-drive sports cars.”
“Porsche always has some limited as well as unlimited sports cars. For pure sports cars, there’s no need for limitation,” he added.
The highly sought after 911 R was considered the ultimate 911 for the road, like how the GT3 is optimised for track use. Equipped solely with a manual transmission, and little else in terms of comfort and convenience, the special edition focused heavily on driver enjoyment rather than all-out performance.
Autocar says that Steiner wouldn’t mention whether this new ‘purist’ variant would be introduced in the current generation or next, though the fact that the all-new 911 is at least a couple of years away has many thinking it’s more likely to be the former.
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