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We pre­viewed Porsche's lat­est Gt-badged mas­ter­piece last is­sue. Now we can bring you the full de­tails. As ex­pected, it cranks out pre­cisely 700 met­ric horse­power, mak­ing it both the most pow­er­ful and the fastest road-le­gal 911 ever.

Clocking in at 1470 kg with a full fuel tank, the new GT2 RS rips from zero to 60mph in just 2.8 se­conds and pow­ers on to a top speed of 211mph. For con­text, the new model is up fully 80hp and 37lb ft on the pre­vi­ous GT2 RS, the Type-997 model that used the hal­lowed Mezger engine in 3.6-litre twin-turbo form.

The new car, of course, takes its 3.8-litre MA1 lump from the cur­rent 911 Turbo mod­els and then winds ev­ery­thing up to 11. For starters, larger tur­bos in­crease the vol­ume of air crammed into the com­bus­tion cylin­ders. What's more, a new cool­ing sys­tem delivers op­ti­mum per­for­mance at peak loads and at very high tem­per­a­tures sprays the charge-air cooler with wa­ter. The net re­sult is re­duced gas temps in the over­pres­sure range and in turn op­ti­mum power out­put, even un­der ex­treme con­di­tions.

Hook­ing up this 700hp mon­ster of a flat six to the road is Porsche's seven-speed PDK dual-clutch trans­mis­sion. The rolling stock, mean­while, in­volves mon­ster 265/35 ZR20 boots up front and 325/30 ZR21 rollers at the rear. Mas­sive car­bon-ce­ramic stop­pers are stan­dard. As for other tasty de­tails, how about a cus­tom ex­haust sys­tem fash­ioned from ti­ta­nium and around seven ki­los lighter than that of the 911 Turbo, not to men­tion the source of a re­port­edly unique sound­track.

Then there's all the shiny car­bon-fi­bre. The front wings, wheel hous­ing vents, bon­net, outer shells on the Sport De­sign ex­te­rior mir­rors, air in­takes on the rear side sec­tions and some fur­ther de­tails on the rear end are all made from the light-weight

ma­te­rial. The roof, mean­while, is mag­ne­sium. Un­less, that is, you opt for the Weis­sach pack, which swaps the mag­ne­sium roof for fur­ther car­bon en route to 30kg of over­all weight sav­ing.

The Weis­sach pack also switches the an­tiroll bars and cou­pling rods on both axles for car­bon items and ditches the stan­dard al­loy rims for mag­ne­sium spe­cials. Bon­net and roof with ex­posed car­bon-weave stripes give the Weis­sach a vis­ual flour­ish, too. All told, the Weis­sach pack is yours for £21,042.

In­side, the GT2 RS is sprin­kled with red Al­can­tara, black leather and car­bon ac­cou­trements as stan­dard. There's also a GT2 Rs-spe­cific steer­ing wheel and both the driver and the brave nav­i­ga­tor en­joy the pre­pos­ter­ous dy­nam­ics cour­tesy of full bucket seats with a car­bon-weave fin­ish. Nice. As for the ex­te­rior styling, it's a square-jawed brute. High­lights in­clude much larger front air in­takes, some car­bon ex­ten­sions for the front-wing vents, de­vel­oped from the vents first seen in the last GT3 RS, plus a rear wing of truly bib­li­cal pro­por­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial Porsche line, the new GT2 RS is avail­able to or­der to­day priced from £207,506.00 RRP in­clud­ing VAT. Whether you'll ac­tu­ally have any luck if you rock up at your lo­cal Porsche Cen­tre with cheque­book and pen is an­other mat­ter.

Porsche has pulled out all the stops with the GT2 RS. From its 700bhp engine and 211mph per­for­mance po­ten­tial, to ex­posed car­bon-fi­bre and mag­ne­sium for the roof (with car­bon an op­tion). There’s no man­ual op­tion for this RS, just the 7speed PDK

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