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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.