The Power Porsche: 911 GT2 RS
by Benjamin Yong
Simply put, the new Porsche 911 GT2 RS is the most powerful production model Porsche has built — ever.
Just how powerful is it? The German automaker broke records at the famed Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit in the fall for the road-approved sports car category. The vehicle clocked a blazing time of 6 minutes and 47.3 seconds, which is even faster than anticipated.
“At the start of the development process, we set ourselves a lap time target for the GT2 RS of less than 7 minutes and 5 seconds. The credit for beating this target by 17.7 seconds goes to our development engineers, mechanics, and drivers, who demonstrated an exceptionally strong team performance. This result makes it official: The GT2 RS is not only the most powerful, but also the fastest 911 ever built,” says Frank-Steffen Walliser, Motorsport and GT Cars Vice President, in a news release.
The 911 GT2 RS first debuted late last summer during the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England. The vehicle did not just sit pretty on display, it participated in the famous 1.16-mile hill climb and gave visitors a glimpse of the impressive piece of road-legal machinery.
Let’s start with its specifications. Under the hood beats a biturbo 3.8-litre flat six motor churning out an incredible 700 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. That’s a full 80 horsepower and 37 lb-ft of torque more than the outgoing model. This upgraded setup is great for reaching a top speed of 340 km/h. The list of improvements includes larger turbochargers, an additional cooling system, and a titanium exhaust weighing seven kilograms less.
Mated to the fire-breathing mill is a customized version of the company’s seven-speed double-clutch Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission designed to allow power transfer with uninterrupted traction, which is essential for helping get the RS from 0 to 100 km/h in a scant 2.8 seconds.
Biturbo 3.8-litre flat six motor
0 to 100 km/h
Like any Porsche, the handling department is just as polished as the engine bay. The vehicle features rear axle steering and wheels wrapped in wide ultra high-performance tires, 265/35/20 at the front and 325/30/21 in the rear. Available Porsche Stability Management is specifically tuned for the application to maintain stability even at its limit. There are sensors constantly and carefully measuring factors such as direction, speed, yaw velocity, and lateral acceleration to calculate the precise travel direction, then using that information to initiate braking on individual wheels. In other words, smart stuff.
The GT2 RS has taken the classic lines of the 911 and turned it up several notches, incorporating aggressive track-inspired functional aesthetics. Just look at those massive air intakes on the front bumper, wheel housings, and behind the doors. A towering wing sits above the trunk and the hood is crafted out of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP), the sides left unpainted to show off the gorgeous weave. Other weight-reducing items are the magnesium roof and the colourful Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes peeking out from behind the wheel spokes.
Customers may shed an additional 30 kilograms by purchasing the optional Weissach package. The roof, anti-roll bars, and axle coupling rods are made from CFRP rather than conventional metals. The magnesium wheels also have the added benefit of reducing undesirable unsprung weight.
Although sparse for the purposes of keeping things light, the interior is purposeful and utilizes plenty of red Alcantara, black leather, and carbon fibre. Gearshift paddles are mounted to the racy steering wheel, and passengers are held tight in gorgeous full bucket seats. As with all modern 911s, the GT2 RS comes standard with the latest Porsche Communication Management infotainment system, featuring a high-resolution touch display with integrated proximity sensor, allowing for simple and convenient operation.
The new Porsche 911 GT2 RS is now on sale for a cool $334,000.