Can having a manual transmission justify the $1 million price tag?
There is a lot of demand for the limited edition Porsche 911 R. It's something of a rarity after all, not only because just 991 models were made, but because, unlike the PDK transmission in the GT3 and GT3 RS that it's based on, it offers a six-speed manual gearbox. This means a lot of people have become desperate for a manual option. Consequently, asking prices have hiked to absurd amounts to cash in on the demand to the point someone tried to sell one on eBay for over $1 million.
At the time we thought it didn't seem legitimate, especially as there weren't any actual photos of the car being sold. However, the price of a new listing for a Porsche 911 R at a California dealership isn't far off, asking for just shy of $1 million - a bargain when you consider the MSRP was originally $184,000. Spotted by GTSpirit, Newport Coasts Classics is listing the 911 R for $999,999. "2016 Porsche 911R in yellow! Priced at $999,999. Contact us today for more information," the listing casually reads. This one is rather unique however, as the majority of 911 R's are finished in white with retro stripes down the middle paying tribute to the original 1967 911 R.
This example is plain yellow and devoid of stripes, with a black leather interior yellow piping and classic cloth seats. This isn't the first time the Porsche 911 R has commanded such an astronomical asking price. A few months ago, a research company reported that some specialist dealers were charging over $1.3 million for the limited edition in the UK, making it a record level of appreciation for a new car based on a percentage of its original value. However, GTSpirit reports that recent examples have been sold for around $504,000 and $407,000 in the US and Europe. $1 million does seem like an absurd amount of money for the privilege of having a manual gearbox in a Porsche 911 GT3.