700bhp Porsche 911 GT2 RS – pictures leak before Goodwood debut today

700bhp Porsche 911 GT2 RS - pictures leak ahead of Goodwood debut

Most extreme 911 road car yet has been shown for first time at new Forza Motorsport 7 launch; it’ll be fully revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

Official pictures of Porsche’s new 911 GT2 RS, the most powerful and extreme road-going 911 yet, have been leaked ahead of the car’s 4pm reveal at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, according to Porsche enthusiast site Rennlist.

More pictures were released following the GT2 RS’s first showing at the launch for the Forza Motorsport 7 video game, although this latest set are the first batch to feature the car in motion, as well as showing some of the car’s interior.

The car, which is one of the game’s star models, is will be officially unveiled by Porsche at the Goodwood festival of speed, at 4pm today; Autocar will have full details of the car at that time.

It’s based on the second-generation 991 chassis and gains hardware from the GT3 RS. The rear-wheel-drive GT2 RS will get rear-axle steering with Porsche Torque Vectoring, as well as a fully variable locking rear differential. It’s been spotted numerous times at the Nürburgring undergoing high-speed testing, the most recent of which caught the car on video.

The car is powered by a turbocharged flat six engine that’s related to 911 Turbo S‘s unit but has been ramped up to produce close to 700bhp.

Porsche is yet to confirm the statistics, but expect that output to enable scintillating straight-line performance. The 0-62mph sprint is expected to take little more than 2.5sec and top speed will be more than 205mph, dwarfing the numbers of the GT3 RS and even the four-wheel-drive Turbo S.

It will also produce more downforce from its track-spec bodywork than any other 911 on sale, with a fixed rear wing, larger front intakes and GT3 RS-mimicking arch vents.

Earlier prototypes wore winglets on the nose. They are unlikely to make production but suggested the final car’s bumper will generate additional downforce.

Porsche has continually refrained from commenting on the photographed development car, but the brand’s boss of GT high-performance models, Andreas Preuninger, confirmed that a GT2 RS was on its way last year. The showing of the car at Forza’s game event suggests the model is just months away from launch.

The new 911 GT2 will be the first to wear the moniker since the 997-based model that went on sale seven years ago. It offered 611bhp from its twin-turbo flat six engine in a package weighing just 1370kg. It is widely regarded as the most extreme 911 to have gone on general sale to date.

Source: Autocar Online

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