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[PHOTOS] New Porsche 911 R Delights the Crowd at the New York Auto Show

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The new Porsche 911 R made its US debut at the 2016 North American International Auto Show

New York Auto Show guests were among the first to see the Porsche 911 R in the US

There were a lot of weird new cars that debuted at the 2016 New York Auto Show, but Porsche was one brand that kept things simple and used the occasion to show off its new 911 R performance car.

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The 911 R is the lightest model out of all 20-plus trims that are available for the Porsche 911. The 911 R’s curb weight of 3,021 pounds was made possible by stripping out the vehicle’s air conditioning and stereo systems. The decision to use carbon fiber to create the front fenders, as well as the front luggage compartment lid, also aided in cutting pounds from the car.

Porsche says the R stands for racing, and this model is marketed directly towards purists, as evidenced by it only being made available with a six-speed manual transmission. Some die-hard Porsche fanatics just don’t care for PDK gearboxes to be included inside their rear-engine German sports cars.

A naturally aspirated flat-six engine good for 500 horsepower can be found underneath the hood of the new 911 R. This engine can also be found is the 911 GT3 RS, which is one of the vehicles NBA star Stephen Curry can be seen driving around California.

According to a Porsche press release, the 911 R can propel itself from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 3.7 second and can also hit a top track speed of 200 mph.

Porsche is already accepting orders for the 911 R, but if you’re interested in one, you’d better act fast because the automaker will only be producing 911 examples of the vehicle.

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Gallery: Porsche 911 R at the New York Auto Show

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    Samuel Huist is easily the tallest member (6-feet 5-inches) of the The News Wheel team. He enjoys listening to hip-hop music and loves watching NBA basketball. Sam is also a Dayton, Ohio native and doesn’t seem to mind that distinction as much anymore. His first car was a 1996 Ford Taurus he could barely fit in. Like many young folks, he seemed more concerned about the radio in his first car than actually doing the work to maintain an automobile, so sadly it’s no longer with us. See more articles by Samuel.