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Jan Koum (acquired new in 2017)
To create the original 911 R – for renn (racing) – Porsche R&D chief Ferdinand Piëch and racing mechanic Rolf Wütherich systematically stripped every ounce of superfluous weight from its production counterpart. The hood, doors, and fenders were replaced by fiberglass components, glass was replaced with Plexiglas, and metal parts were drilled with holes. The resulting race car made its track debut in 1967, weighing 400 pounds less than the standard 911, a significant reduction that aided its considerable success in competition and speed-record attempts.
The 2016 edition of the 911 R, based on the 991.1-generation GT3 and GT3 RS and touted by Porsche as delivering “an unfiltered driving experience,” invoked the spirit of its ancestor via simpler, lightweight design cues, including reduced sound insulation, a sculpted magnesium roof panel, and carbon fiber fenders and hood.
While eschewing the dramatic fixed rear wing and aggressive aerodynamics unique to the GT models, the 911 R was armed with the same naturally aspirated four-liter flat-six from the GT3 RS. Developing 500 hp at 8,250 rpm and 338 lbs./ft. of torque at 6,250 rpm, the R added driver involvement and pleasure by way of a short-throw six-speed manual gearbox – a direct response to criticism that the PDK-only GT3 and GT3 RS had lost a layer of engagement. Weighing just 3,021 pounds – 110 pounds lighter than the GT3 RS – the R reached 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, on the way to a 201 mph top speed. Top Gear magazine was extremely enthusiastic, stating in March 2016 that “the new 911 R…is the kind of Porsche you dream up with your mates in the pub, but never really believe will happen.”
One of just 991 built worldwide, this 2016 Porsche 911 R was delivered new to Jan Koum through Carlsen Porsche in Redwood City, California, in February 2017, and has since been maintained within his private collection by his in-house Porsche factory-trained technician.
Finished in white and accented by red stripes and a Porsche logo, with a black leather interior replete with GT Silver stitching, this example strongly evokes the livery of the R press car displayed on Porsche’s stand at the 2016 Geneva Auto Show. Ordered without a radio, this car’s window sticker nevertheless lists 33 options, including an extended-range 23.9-gallon fuel tank, single-mass flywheel with reinforced clutch, Sport Chrono package, LED headlights in black with Porsche Dynamic Light System, fire extinguisher, and a bevy of other interior leather and stitching extras for a total MSRP of $213,935. With less than 20 miles on its odometer at the time of cataloguing, this 911 R still has its labels and shipping tags in their factory plastic protective coatings. A similar factory-fresh example of the highly exclusive 911 R may never be found again.