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Miffed about the new Porsche 911 GT3 and GT3 RS only being available with a PDK dual-clutch transmission? Tearing your hair out at the news that the entire cooking range of the facelifted 911 is now turbocharged? Fret not, ardent Zuffenhausen purist, because apparently a Porsche 911 R is being built just for you, according to Car and Driver.

The provisional specifications sound like a dream for the hardcore enthusiast – there’ll be a high-revving naturally-aspirated flat-six expected to produce around 500 hp, so it’s probably the same howling 4.0 litre engine as in the GT3 RS. What’s more, it’ll have a manual gearbox, and come with a clean, unassuming design – the R is said to be a “wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

Porsche is set to unveil the 911 R at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show next March, and although it’s rumoured to feature a substantial price tag, we’re already salivating at the prospect of the return of the analogue rear-engined driving experience. Are you?

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