Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Porsche releases the 911 GT2 RS its fastest and most powerful road-approved 911 ever.
German marque Porsche has upped the ante of its 911 series with the introduction of the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, a rear-wheeled two-seater coupé designed to take your driving experience to the next level. At the heart of this high-performance beauty is a 700hp bi-turbo flat engine that weighs in at just 1,470 kg with a full fuel tank, allowing this pocket rocket to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in a ridiculous 2.8 seconds. With a top speed of 340 km/h, and the addition of near-motorsport drive technology, the new 911 GT2 RS trumps its 3.6-litre predecessor by 80hp.
The engine of the new Porsche 911 GT2 RS builds on that in the 911 Turbo S. To achieve such spectacular performance, large turbochargers push an increased volume of process air into the combustion chambers, while a new cooling system delivers optimum cooling at peak loads and, at very high temperatures, sprays the charge-air cooler with water, causing the gas temperature to fall in the overpressure range and ensure optimum power output, even under extreme conditions.
Couple all this power to a customised GT seven-speed double-clutch transmission and you have raw power that’s transferred with uninterrupted traction, while a specially developed exhaust system made from extra-lightweight titanium delivers a gut-wrenching, head-snapping sound without precedent.
Discipline in sport means mastering every detail and in the world of super sports cars, cornering speeds are on another level. The 911 GT2 RS reaches these speeds thanks to its flawless racing chassis with rear-axle steering and Ultra High Performance (UHP) tires. It also takes its lines from the race track. Powerful air intakes and outlets and the imposing rear wing emphasise that the vehicle’s aerodynamics have mastered both form and design, while large, wide wheels (265/35 ZR 20 at the front and 325/30 ZR 21 at the rear) ensure outstanding braking and cornering forces. Fortunately, to rein in all that muscle, Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes come as standard.
The new 911 GT2 RS embraces lightweight construction for ultimate performance. The front wings, wheel housing vents, outer shells on the Sport Design exterior mirrors, air intakes on the rear side sections, and parts of the rear end are made from carbon-fibre reinforced plastic, as are many of the interior components. The bonnet is also made from carbon to make the vehicle as lightweight as possible, while the standard trim roof is made from magnesium.
Even then, performance can always be cranked up a notch – even on the 911 GT2 RS – with the optional Weissach package; providing a weight saving of around 30 kilograms, the package includes additional elements made from carbon-fibre reinforced plastic and titanium, from the roof and the anti-roll bars to the coupling rods on both axles. Magnesium wheels reduce both the gross weight and the unsprung weight, providing a greater wealth of impressive chassis properties. The luggage compartment lid and the carbon- weave finish roof are emblazoned with a central strip in the same colour as the car for a visually distinctive look.
The cockpit of the 911 GT2 RS is dominated by red Alcantara, black leather and a carbon-weave finish as standard. The GT2 RS sports steering wheel with gearshift paddles enables quick and sporty gear changes, while drivers and passengers experience the driving dynamics of the high-performance sports car in full bucket seats with a carbon-weave finish. As in every 911, the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) is the central control unit for audio, navigation and communication. The Connect Plus module and Porsche Track Precision app are also included as standard, enabling detailed recording, display and analysis of driving data on a smartphone.
For the first time ever, Porsche Design is celebrating the debut of the high-performance sports car by releasing a special-issue watch. Offering a nod to the world of motorsport, the 911 GT2 RS watch is exclusively available to owners of the new vehicle and can only be ordered in conjunction with the new GT model.
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