911 GT2 RS Revealed
Though many of the details were known to us already via Porsche’s drip feed of information over the last few months, the numbers for the new 911 GT2 RS are none-the-less utterly eye watering. Skipping the common-or-garden GT2 model, Porsche has moved directly to its most hardcore, weapons-grade 911 derivative possible – the GT2 RS. With 700hp, 50hp more than most were expecting it to boast, the new rear-wheel drive coupé isn’t just the most powerful 911 yet, it is a massive 120hp more powerful than the already blistering fast Turbo S upon which it is based. That’s 80hp more than its predecessor incidentally, the 3.6-litre 997 GT2 RS.
At 2.8-seconds, it is a full half second faster to 62mph than the rather rapid 991 GT3 RS with which it shares some of its outward appearance. Power comes from the twin-turbocharged, 3.8-litre flat-six motor found in the Turbo S, not the 9A-1 4.0-litre engine in the GT3 RS and 911 R. New larger turbos and water-injection technology (a system that sprays the charge-air cooler with water lowering its temperature by as much as 15 degrees), aid it in producing 553lb ft torque (37lb ft more than its forebear). It makes progress exclusively via a Sport version of Porsche’s seven-speed double-clutch PDK transmission. All this is enough to propel it onto a top speed of 211mph.
Much of this car’s suspension is lifted from the 911 Cup car, being in places rose-jointed and featuring racing specification dampers working in conjunction with springs stiffer than those found on the GT3 RS. Specially developed by Michelin, the car’s Pilot Sport Cup 2 ‘Ultra High Performance’ tyres come in 265/35 ZR20 at the front, 325/30 ZR21 out back. The 911 GT2 RS features Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) as standard.
A vast rear wing and front splitter are not the only carbon fibre components; the front wings and wing vents, side air intakes, Sport Design mirror casings, and what Porsche term ‘parts of the rear end’ are all made from the stuff. Out of sight there’s also a diffuser designed of the same material. In order to make the car as light as possible the bonnet is also made from carbon, while the standard roof is created from magnesium, cars with the optional Weissach Package get a carbon fibre roof.
The GT2 RS weighs in at 1470 kg (with a full tank of fuel), that’s a full 100kgs heavier than the old 997 GT2 RS, but that deficit can be reduced with the aforementioned optional ‘Weissach’ package, affording weight savings of around 30 kilograms through the use of carbon fibre and titanium. Ticking that box on the options list will cost you £21,042 on top of the £207,506 Porsche is asking for the new GT2 RS – £60,000 more than a current Turbo S coupé and £76,000 dearer than the 2015 list price of the 991.1 GT3 RS. Regardless of its price, you can be certain that the appetite for this ultimate of 911s will be fervent…
You can read more about the new 911 GT2 in the September issue of GT Porsche, in shops 28th July 2017.