Porsche has launched the 690bhp, rear-wheel drive 911 GT2 RS at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Following an early reveal during the launch of the next Forza Motorsport game last month, Porsche has fully unveiled the latest and most powerful 911 GT2 RS during the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The 991-generation GT2 RS features a 3.8-litre twin-turbo flat-six engine, derived from the unit in the Turbo S. An extra 120bhp has been liberated, thanks to high output turbochargers and water-cooled charge-air cooler, pushing the total output to 690bhp and 553lb ft. It is the most powerful road-legal 911 ever built by Porsche.
This is transferred to the wheels via Porsche's
seven-speed PDK transmission, resulting in staggering performance. The 0-62mph sprint is dispatched in 2.8 seconds, with top speed a claimed 211mph.
Taking everything that has been learned from the 991 GT3, Porsche has included rear-wheel steering, as well as a specially calibrated PSM system to take advantage of the huge 265/35 ZR 20 front and 325/30 ZR 21 rear tyres. Carbon ceramic brakes come as standard.
A new aerodynamic package has been developed for track use, with plenty of extra intakes and vents to keep everything running cool. Carbon fibre and CFRP features extensively to help keep weight down, as well as a new titanium exhaust system – said to cut seven kilos over the regular Turbo S system. In standard form the GT2 RS weighs in at 1470kg.
For those who take weight-saving measures seriously, there’s even an optional Weissach package, cutting a further 30kg out of the GT2. This includes a carbon fibre roof, anti-roll bars and coupling rods on both axles. Magnesium wheels – the same style as those used on the 918 Spyder
– reduce the unsprung weight further. Weissach cars also get a central body-coloured stripe.
In the cabin, it’s very much business as usual. The rear seats make way for the roll cage, with the Porsche Racing seats and other trim covered in black and contrasting red Alcantara, with carbon fibre trim throughout.
GT2 RS prices start at £207,506, with the Weissach package adding £21,042 to that.