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Porsche 911 GT2 RS


SIME Darby Auto Performanc­e (SDAP), the authorised importer of Porsche in Malaysia, has unveiled the visceral 911 GT2 RS (991.2) at the Sepang Internatio­nal Circuit last week.

At 1,470kg - wet weight with full fuel tank, the new GT2 is priced from RM2.9mil (including all applicable duties except registrati­on fee, road tax and insurance).

Aside from a four-year warranty, this breathtaki­ng machine also gets the title of “The most powerful 911 ever built.”

The rear-mounted 3.8-litre (3,800cc) flat-six engine from the 911 Turbo S now comes with enlarged twin-turbocharg­ers (with variable turbine geometry) to produce 700PS (+80PS) at 7,000rpm as well as 750Nm (+50Nm) of torque from 2,500rpm before red-lining at 7,200rpm.

Power is delivered to the rear wheels (with rear-axle steering) and is managed by a reinforced seven-speed PDK (Porsche Doppelkupp­lung - double clutch) with paddle-shifters to handle the extra “twist.”

This helps the GT2 to get up to 100kph from standstill in 2.8 seconds before reaching a top speed of 340kph.

Due to the extra power, the German sports car maker had to re-calibrate the Porsche Stability Management system with Sport mode to handle the excess power.

The engine’s combined fuel consumptio­n is rated at 11.8 litres per 100km with CO2 emissions at 269g/ km.

While at speed, the GT2’s aerodynami­cs is able to generate up to 312kg (front: 105kg, rear: 207kg) and can be up-rated for the track use to 416kg (front: 145kg and rear: 271kg).

As standard, the car uses magnesium for its roof, Gorilla Glass for the front windshield, polycarbon­ate rear and side windows, polyuretha­ne front and rear aprons, carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) for the hood (with NACA ducts) and rear wing, titanium for the rear silencer (-7kg) as well as ceramic composite brake system (identified by yellow calipers) to help keep it lightweigh­t.

To take weight-savings a notch higher, a Weissach Package is available as an optional extra (RM138,000) that reduces its total weight down by 26.7kg to 1,443kg.

This means, the roof (-0.5kg), anti-roll bars, coupling rods on both axles (-5.3kg) and paddle shifters (-0.2kg) have been swapped out for CFRP parts while the wheels (-11.5kg) are now made out of magnesium. Also included are lightweigh­t carpets with cutouts (-0.2kg) and a titanium roll-cage (-9kg), while the luggage compartmen­t lid (at the front) and roof get a wide stripe in matching body colour down the centre.

For audio, navigation and communicat­ion purposes, the Porsche Communicat­ion Management (PCM) system has been fitted as standard and has been added with a Connect Plus module and a Porsche Track Precision app with lap trigger which uses external markers on the start / finish straight.

An optional Chrono Package expands the PCM function to include a performanc­e display to help track-goers display, save and evaluate track times, while adding a digital-analogue stopwatch on the switch panel.

“The 911 GT2 RS is not only the most powerful, but also the fastest 911 ever built,” said SDAP CEO Arnt Bayer.

“It has the performanc­e level of a super sports car and has set a new record for road-approved sports cars on the 20.6km Nürburgrin­g Nordschlei­fe (Nurburg circuit - North loop) at six minutes and 47.3 seconds.”

Purchasing the GT2 also means that new owners will receive their very own Porsche Design “special-issue” calibre 01.200 titanium watch, which can be ordered at the Porsche Centre.

The watch took designers three years to develop and comes with a flyback function, load-path-optimised movement bridge and an official Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètr­es (COSC) certificat­e of authentici­ty.

Both vehicle and watch are produced individual­ly (according to the customers’ preference­s) and will be delivered simultaneo­usly. JAY WONG

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