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Simply put: the new Porsche 911 GT2 RS is the most powerful production model Porsche has built — ever.
Just how powerful? The German automaker broke records at the famed Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit in the fall for the road-approved sports car category, clocking 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.
GT product line director Andreas Preuninger points out that the achievement was not a one-off, as the feat was accomplished twice, in two different cars piloted by two different drivers.
“It’s not just the record time achieved by the GT2 RS that demonstrates the vehicle’s class, but also its consistent performance in every lap. We’re particularly proud of the fact that this was achieved with two different vehicles and two different drivers, as this underlines the GT2 RS’s ability to reproduce this record result over and over again,” says Preuninger.
The 911 GT2 RS first debuted late last summer during the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England. Not just sitting pretty on display, the vehicle participated in the famous twisty 1.16-mile hill climb giving 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 750 Nm of torque. That’s a full 80 horsepower and 50 Nm of torque more than the outgoing model. This upgraded setup is good 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, essential for helping get the RS from 0 to 100 km/h in a scant 2.8 seconds.
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 rear. Available Porsche Stability Management is specifically tuned for the application to maintain stability even at the 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 have an opportunity to 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, and the wheels magnesium reducing both gross and undesirable upsprung 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 latest Porsche Communication Management infotainment system centered on a gorgeous high-resolution 12-inch monitor that accepts smartphone-esque touch gestures.
Fancy some merch to go with the new ride? A special Porsche Design 911 GT2 RS Chronograph has been crafted by the subsidiary of the luxury manufacturer exclusively for owners. The watch houses Porsche Design’s first in-house made clock movement that took three years to develop. Made of lightweight titanium, the calibre 01.200 includes a flyback function, a load-path-optimised movement bridge and an official COSC certificate of authenticity.
The new Porsche 911 GT2 RS is on sale now for a cool AED 950,000.