To say that the Porsche 911 R was a success would be an understatement.
Porsche wisely took a chance that there were enough so-called “purist” 911 buyers out there who preferred rowing their own gears. The limited production 911 R quickly sold out and lightly used examples were, at one point, going for over a million dollars. And now Autocar has learned that Porsche is open to doing yet another purist 911, although production this time around would seemingly be unlimited.
Porsche R&D boss Michael Steiner, said that what the carmaker learned from the 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." Steiner added that Porsche sees "potential for some purist versions of sports cars with no limitation" when it comes to production numbers. What Steiner didn’t clarify is whether this supposed second edition purist 911 will launch before the next generation 911 arrives, slated for a 2019 reveal.
Because Porsche has proven to be consistent when it comes to special edition launches, chances are the current 911 will be assigned the purist task. It could end up being sort of a parting gift for the 991. If this 911 does happen, expect it to arrive in the next year or so.