Late last week, some fairly high resolution photos of the all-new Porsche 911 GT2 RS leaked onto the web. While some questioned its authenticity, there was no doubt in our minds that we were looking at the real deal. And as confirmed by the full reveal of the new 911 power king at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in UK, the car is quite the spectacle.
But as the legendary track and rally driver Walter Rohrl discovered as he piloted the car up the hillclimb, the track-focused GT2 RS doesn’t really respond all that well to doing donuts.
Where during the previous 997 generation of 911, Porsche provided us with a ‘standard’ GT2 and later a more lightweight and powerful GT2 RS. This time around, though, they’re plowing through straight to the most extreme version of the car they can create today.
Like previous iterations, it essentially combines the body of the near-motorsport spec 911 GT3 RS but swaps out the naturally aspirated flat-six with the twin-turbocharged unit from the Turbo S. Importantly, the safety net of grip of the latter’s all-wheel drive system is omitted for a purely rear-driven setup. Oh, yes, and they’ve turned up the turbos on that already very powerful engine, this time to a ludicrous 515kW and 750Nm of torque, made possible by a system that sprays water onto the intercoolers for reduced operating temperatures and higher tolerances.
Porsche doesn’t seem to have that much trouble transmitting that power to the ground as it had that lump of flat-six motor pressing down onto those fat 325/30 rear tyres, and that light weight body and active aerodynamic measures should mean the front end remains very sharp. But to deal with the speed it and acceleration it can achieve, Zuffenhausen felt that it would be too much for the driver to manage, which partly justifies its move to a PDK dual-clutch automatic, now the car’s only transmission.
The lightning shifts and big shove from the rear-mounted engine can propel the car, Porsche say, to 100km/h in 2.7 seconds and a top speed of 340km/h. It also keeps the rear-axle steering system from the GT3 RS, which depending on the aiding angle can improve cornering at slower speeds and help maintain stability at high speeds.
They will even offer the car with a optional Weissach pack, which further reduces weight by 30kg by fitting more ultra lightweight components such as magnesium wheels, titanium roll rage, and extra bits of carbon fibre instead of aluminium.
Of course the car has spent a good chunk of its development cycle mastering the Nurburgring, but we’ve no idea if Porsche intends to break the production car lap record there, which is currently held by the Lamborghini Huracan Performante, a lightweight, more powerful version of the standard Huracan.
Back in March, the Performante set a time around the ‘Ring that was roughly 5 seconds quicker than the previous title holder to break through the 7 minute mark, the Porsche 918 Spyder. The car is still be finalised, but it all depends if the Germans are actually interested in such things.