03 Porsche 911 R

No-frills GT3 revives the manual

PORSCHE is going back to basics with the 911 R Ė essentially a plain-clothes GT3 with a manual transmission mated to the 350kW and 440Nm 3.8- litre flat six.

The wings of its hardcore twin disappear (a duck-tail spoiler may be optional), while narrower rear tyres lower grip levels to make the handling more, letís just say, accessible.

It reduces the level of standard kit, but the limited-edition status (600 units) gives Stuttgart a ticket to charge more, so donít expect change from $400K. Full details at Marchís Geneva Motor Show.