Hardcore Porsche 911 GT2 RS makes Goodwood debut – with launch video
There’s also a titanium exhaust system that is 7kg lighter than the standard unit
New Porsche packs 690bhp to dispatch 0-62mph in 2.8sec and top out at 211mph
Available to order now and priced from £207,506, this new 911 is the first GT2 model to be launched since 2010 and the fourth to enter production since its introduction to the Porsche line-up in 1995.
The new rear-wheel-drive coupé is powered by a heavily reworked version of the twinturbocharged 3.8-litre flat six-cylinder engine used in the latest 911 Turbo. The revisions crank its peak power up to a heady 690bhp — a considerable 325bhp more than the standard 911 Carrera and 79bhp more than the previous GT2 in 2010.
Along with 553lb ft — 37lb ft more than its forerunner — the power is sufficient to propel the 1470kg 911 GT2 RS from standstill to 62mph in a claimed 2.8sec, which is 0.1sec inside the official time quoted for the quickest-accelerating 911 to date, the 911 Turbo S.
A claimed 211mph also enables it to match the top speed of the plug-in hybrid-powered 918 Spyder. That makes the new 911 GT2 RS not only the quickest-accelerating but also the joint-fastest road-legal series-production Porsche model yet.
The design of the new 911 GT2 RS closely follows that of the two-year-old 911 GT3 RS. The changes over recent 911 models are mostly functional, with cooling requirements and additional downforce taking clear priority over stylistic concerns.
A wide central indent within the bonnet and roof and a two-tone paint scheme provide visual links to earlier competition-focused aircooled 911 models from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
In a bid to trim weight, the bonnet, front wings, exterior mirror housings and many of the air duct surrounds are carbonfibre. In line with weightsaving initiatives used on the 911 GT3 RS, the new 911 GT2 RS also has a magnesium roof.
With a kerb weight of 1470kg, the new 991-series model is 100kg heavier than the previous 997-based 911 GT2, although it is also 91mm longer than its predecessor.
Mirroring the strategy taken with the 918 Spyder, Porsche is offering a £21,042 Weissach Package that pares an extra 30kg from the car’s overall weight through various measures, including the adoption of carbonfibre for the roof and roll bars and magnesium for the wheels.
Among the powertrain developments are larger turbos with water-to-water intercoolers to reduce the exhaust gas temperature at high revs for improved combustion efficiency and added top-end power.
There’s also a titanium exhaust system that is 7kg lighter than the standard unit and has a new routing that is claimed to enhance the exhaust note.
The car runs on the samesized wheels and tyres as the 911 GT3 RS: 20in centre-locking rims up front shod with 265/35 tyres and 21in rear wheels with 325/30-profile rubber.
The 911 GT2 RS uses a revised version of Porsche’s ZF-sourced seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and mechanical locking differential. Described by Porsche as a custom component, the gearbox receives new ratios, among other changes, to take full advantage of the increased power and torque.
Porsche has also confirmed that the model retains the four-wheel-steering system from the 911 Turbo and comes as standard with carbonceramic brakes.
In addition, the stability management system has been uniquely calibrated and features a Sport mode described by Porsche as being “tailored to provide optimal driving dynamics”.
Inside, the 911 GT2 RS uses a combination of black leather and red Alcantara upholstery as well as carbonfibre trim elements. There is a sports steering wheel with paddle shifts and carbonfibre-backed motorsport-spec seats.
Standard equipment includes a Porsche Communication Management system, which groups infotainment functions – including Porsche Track Precision, a circuit telemetry app – into a central touchscreen-based unit. An optional Chrono Package expands the Porsche Communication Management system’s functions to include a performance display, which can be used to show lap times.
To mark the launch of the new 911 GT2 RS, Porsche Motorsport has teamed up with Porsche Design to create a new watch, which will be offered exclusively to buyers of the new 911 variant.
Source: Autocar Online