05 Jul The New GT2 RS is the Most Powerful 911 Ever
While you were enjoying fireworks displays over the weekend, Porsche was setting off some fireworks of its own by announcing the 911 GT2 RS, the most powerful 911 ever produced.
Before we get into the crazy numbers, let me see if I can clear some of the mystery behind the 911 range. First of all, there are plenty of different variations to choose from but if you want one with Porsche Motorsports components that doubles as a road and track car, then you want something with a “GT” in the name. You’ll find the GT3 is the most common. It features a naturally aspirated engine that pumps out 500 hp with a 0-60 time of 3.2 seconds. For most people this would be an insane car to own with more than enough power. The GT3 is considered to be the more hard core 911. Every so often Porsche brings out a GT3 RS, which is a more hard core version of an already hard core version.
So then, where does the GT2 come in? Well, Porsche has now skipped the regular GT2 and is going right for the GT2 RS version. Typically a GT2 has the similar engine to the Turbo model, but the GT2 is a rear wheel drive setup instead of AWD in an effort to save weight. The GT2 models are always built in limited numbers and this new RS version for 2018 will be no different.
This new model features a 700 hp 3.8 liter twin turbo flat six that is good for a 0-60 time of 2.7 seconds and a top speed of 211 mph. Like before, the engine builds on what is currently in the 911 Turbo S, but with new components to get even more power out of it. It has special versions of well known Porsche equipment, like the PDK transmission, Porsche Stability Management, and the Carbon Ceramic Brakes as standard. There are only a few options you can choose from – the main one being the Weissach Package. This package makes a series of changes to the interior, exterior, and the chassis of the car for a weight reduction of nearly 40 pounds and adds an additional $31,000 to the price tag. Pricing starts at $293,200 before adding the Weissach Package.
The Weissach package includes the following:
- Carbon fiber front lid painted with decorative stripes in exterior color
- Carbon fiber roof painted with decorative stripes in exterior color
- Carbon fiber rear wing with large ‘PORSCHE’ logo (in black or silver color, depending on the exterior color)
- Steering wheel trim and gearshift paddles finished in carbon fiber save approximately 200 g (0.2 kg)
- Additional plaque on cupholder cover with Weissach package logo
- Headrests embroidered with Weissach package logo.
- 20-/21-inch 911 GT2 RS forged magnesium wheels (same dimensions as standard wheels), painted in White Gold Metallic, save approximately 25.35 lb (11.5 kg)
- Anti-roll bars and end links in carbon fiber (front and rear) save approximately 11.68 lb (5.3 kg)
I especially love the look of the carbon fiber decorative strips. Only eight colors are available as options. This is not a subtle car by any means. If you choose Lava Orange or Miami Blue, I predict you will be getting a lot of attention on the streets. Judging by the colors below, it’s quite hard to miss.
Overall, I think this car is fantastic. It’s probably one of the best ways to experience a race car on the street for 2018. I know it’s probably not the most comfortable 911 or the best one for road trips, but it’s not trying to be. In fact there are plenty of other trims that would be better suited for that. If you want the ultimate 911, the GT2 RS is the model you’ve been waiting for.
Photos/Video Courtesy: Porsche North America