We’re GT2s Too

Born un­der a mo­tor­sport tung­sten light, the GT2 has a short but colour­ful his­tory as the wildest pro­duc­tion 911

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GT2 (993), 1993

When ho­molo­ga­tion still meant some­thing, the GT2 road car was cre­ated to al­low Porsche to en­ter the sports car rac­ing class of the same name. The aero in­cluded the mother of all rear wings, plas­tic arches to cover fat rac­ing rub­ber and a se­ri­ous weight re­duc­tion thanks to alu­minium doors and bon­net, thin­ner glass and ditched air-con and elec­tric win­dows.

GT2 (996), 2002

With the im­pe­tus of com­pe­ti­tion no longer an is­sue, the 996 GT2 was far more road-fo­cused — as much as a car with 480 PS can be. The em­pha­sis was on the mo­tor; big­ger tur­bos and in­creased boost pres­sure, forged con-rods and a dry sump pinched from the GT3. What wasn’t in­cluded was trac­tion con­trol — the GT2 of­fered ABS and noth­ing else.

GT2 (997), 2008

The 997 GT2 was the last man­ual of the breed and took power beyond 500 PS — 530 PS to be ex­act, and 680 Nm of torque, still to the rear wheels only. Thank­fully, trac­tion and sta­bil­ity con­trol were now in­cluded, al­though you could dis­able both. In 2010, the 620-PS RS ver­sion ap­peared for the first time, rein­ject­ing some of the Porsche Mo­tor­sport magic.

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