The new GT2 RS is as scary as we hoped
Just when you think they’ve built the ultimate Porsche 911, another one comes along...
The new 911 GT2 RS has to be Porsche’s worst kept secret, but not a lot can prepare you for a passenger-seat blast in the maddest and most powerful 911 ever built. This is what we know: the new GT2 RS will have “in excess” of 650hp and 750Nm via a heavily revised 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat-six pinched from the Turbo S. There’s water-injection intercooling, new internals, unique turbos and more. It bins the Turbo’s 4WD, adds a seven-speed PDK, and raids the GT department’s parts bin for all the best bits, adding some new ones for good measure.
Note those headline power and torque figures Porsche is currently communicating are conservative. Each comes with a greater-than symbol, suggesting final figures will be significantly more… Just think about that for a second. It will, in the words of GT boss Andreas Preuninger, shout: “I’m the alpha animal.” That’s deliberate, the GT2 RS is a 911 that appeals to a rather different customer. The prototype might look like a GT3 RS with cladding, because it is, but visually the production car promises to be even more unhinged, with a huge front splitter, massive rear diffuser and plenty of exposed carbon fiber. That’ll include two NACA ducts on the bonnet that feed air to cool the standard carbon-ceramic brakes. Choose the optional Weissach pack and you’ll add titanium, magnesium and more carbon fiber into the mix, and shave 30kg off the anticipated sub1,500kg curb weight.
Preuninger says: “The GT2 RS is all about competition.” By that he means pummelling them into submission around that track. To better its rivals around the ’Ring, it’s got rose-jointed suspension with upside down race dampers and spring rates equal to a Cup car’s Nürburgring set-up. Even so, it rides with remarkable civility on the roads
around Weissach. And that laptime? It’ll need to start with a six if it’s to better the Lamborghini Huracán Performante’s recent efforts, which, given the latest GT3’s seven minutes and 12 seconds with a paltry 493hp, isn’t so difficult to believe. Certainly not from where we’re sitting. The 3.8-liter engine’s force is brutal, and we mean 918 Spyder ferocious. Forget talk that turbocharging robs an engine of sound, too. Sat in the red Alcantara interior (a reverential, eye-straining nod to that optioned by 60% of previousgeneration 997 GT2 RS owners) you’re not just physically pummelled by the engine’s ferocity and the chassis’ grip, but aurally, too.
The expectation is a top speed in excess of 340kph, a 0–100kph under three seconds and a 0–200kph comfortably under nine, says Preuninger. Job done? We’ll only know for sure when we’ve actually driven it, but on early evidence from the wrong seat, it looks like it.
GT2 RS will have two NACA ducts on the bonnet