Doug DeMuro Finds The Porsche 911R Amazing – And Way Overpriced

Porsche put the whole world on notice last year when they came out with the ultra-lightweight 911R, a car that weighs just 1,370 kg (3,020 lbs), less than any other 911 on sale.

Factor in the naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six, its 500 PS (493 HP) and the 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration time of just 3.8 seconds, and you’ve got yourself a seriously hardcore car, one that just keeps going up in value.

While there’s no large rear wing for extra downforce, you still get a sporty front apron, all-wheel steering and, more importantly, a short-shift six-speed manual gearbox.

According to Doug DeMuro, all these factors make the Porsche 911R an amazing car to drive. He mentions that it offers an “intuitive driving experience”, while also stating that the steering is very precise, which we already knew from all the other reviews that came out.

Yet, as great as the 911R is, DeMuro feels that it isn’t worth half a million dollars – not when so many units have already been made, and not when it shares so many components as well as styling cues with a regular 911 Carrera.

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  • John

    Porsche is like Intel… selling rear-sling 911 platform like a outdated 4 core i7 for years.. shelving superior 718 platform with 4cyl engine… and their fan love them for it…. especially when they strip the car out and sell them as especial editions.

    Porsche are expensive and fast car but they are ripping the crap out of their customers.

    • Auf Wiedersehen

      “and their fan love them for it”

      You need to read more stuff from real fans of Porsche as well as watch every review you can. The 718 is not going over like gang busters. Who would have thought that Porsche could take such a superior platform and totally tank it. Sure it has more power, but they could have easily gotten that power out of the 2.7 and 3.4 and let the cars keep their soul.

  • Six_Tymes

    no offence Doug, but yesh, some let you drive it? not worth the risk, or the added miles.

  • GobbleUp

    Total MEH car.

  • SteersUright

    Someone in finance told me there is too much money chasing more and more fleeting investments with the stock market and real-estate overheated. So they are now buying rare cars hoping to hold or flip right away and its these speculators driving up the costs of all cool cars. How long can this run last with the DOW over 20,000 and real estate and rent in Miami at ridiculous high’s that bear no relation to the incomes of the people who actually live here?
    Anyhow, it seems the 911R is on their shopping list, thus the inflated and totally-not-worth-it price.

    • Auf Wiedersehen

      It is pretty astonishing. Everyone thinks the high end car they own appreciates. Truth is, on very few cars ever increase. Most just decrease less and slower.

  • nastinupe

    The 911 GT3 and GT3 RS will totally kill the value of this car later this year.

    • Auf Wiedersehen

      Kill is not the right word. Correct is more like it. And those who way over paid on the second hand market will take the hit.

      • nastinupe

        I agree… correct would be the proper word. The GT3 has already been identified as a “better” vehicle than the 911 R so people are about to get their feelings hurt. I am actually trying to get on the allocation list for a 911 GT3 now as I had been waiting on Porsche to make a 500 hp naturally aspirated car with a manual transmission for years. The 911 GT3 has just enough flair without the over-the-top looks of the 911 GT3 RS or 911 GT2 RS. I’ve been happy with 355 hp from my 997 C4S so 500 hp will be just fine for me.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    A little late to the show there Doug. This is not news anymore. And of course it’s amazing….it’s a 911.

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