As much as I like the brand, I am now officially confused as to what is the purpose of the 911 R. I was expecting it to be a simple and more down to earth version of 911, rather than a bat-sh*t-crazy GT3 RS with a stick shift. And those stripes, too? I understand its relating to an older model with some significance to the brands history. However, on the latest 911 it just looks plain tacky. In a way its a good thing its already sold out, because other than collectors, its hard to see the appeal of 911 R versus any other 911 one can get with a stick shift.
The 911 R is 100% marketing. It uses the 911 GT3 body without wing, the 911 GT3 RS engine and a probably new 6 speed manual. It costs as much as a 911 Turbo. Weight saving comes from the DCT to manual conversion. It is pre-facelift "last edition". You'll be able to get the same car minus badge and some trims, for the price of a 911 GT3 when facelift comes.