The fastest production Porsche – the GT2 RS

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After various leaks and rumours on the internet, Porsche has finally officially announced the long awaited 997 GT2 RS.

Said to be the fastest and most powerful road-going car ever built by Porsche, the new GT2 RS promises to be an amazing machine and it’s refreshing to see Porsche producing such an extreme car in these supposedly politically correct days.

As the RS suffix hints, the Turbo-based car has been put on a strict diet which has reduced weight by an astonishing 70kg, compared to the previous GT2, to just 1370kg. Couple that with a power hike of 90bp to 620bhp and you get a power-to-weight ratio of just 2.21kg per horsepower – the best power/weight ratio in its class.

This equates to unrivalled performance. 0-62mph takes just 3.5 seconds, 0-124mph 9.8 seconds and 0-186mph in 28.9 seconds. Top speed is 205mph. Fuel consumption, meanwhile is a reasonable 23.7mpg.

The 997 Turbo-derived 3.6-litre six-cylinder engine is boosted by two turbochargers with variable turbine geometry and drives the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox.

PCCB composite ceramic brakes are standard fitment, as is Porsche Adaptive Suspension Management (PASM) and PSM Porsche Stability Management. The suspension is suitably uprated to what Porsche calls RS settings.

The bodywork is treated to carbonfibre panelwork with a  matt-black finish. At the front, the car features RS-style flared arches, while the rears are Turbo items. The upgraded front spoiler lip and the rear spoiler lip are also made of carbonfibre. The rear spoiler lip is now 10 millimetres higher to ensure aerodynamic precision and give extra downforce.

Inside, the 911 GT2 RS, features lightweight bucket seats made of carbonfibre-reinforced plastic and lightweight interior door panels with door opening straps. The basic interior colour is black, contrasting with red Alcantara upholstery on the seat centre sections and the roof lining as well as segments on the steering wheel rim, gearshift and handbrake lever.

Limited to just 500 units worldwide, the 911 GT2 RS will be available in the UK from September 2010 priced from £164,107. The car will make its world debut at the Moscow Auto Show on August 25th.Unknown-1Unknown-3Unknown-4

Technical specifications
Cylinders 6
Displacement 3.600cm3
Max. power (DN) 620hp
at rpm 6,500
Max.torque 700Nm
at rpm 2,500 – 5,500
Compression ratio 9.0 : 1
Boost pressure 1.6 bar
Transmission Six speed manual
Wheels Front: 9 J x 19 ET 47

Rear: 12 J x 19 ET 48

Tyres

Front: 245/35 ZR 19 (sports tyres)

Rear: 325/30 ZR 19 (sports tyres)

Unladen weight (DIN) 1,370kg
Power to weight ratio 2.21kilos per hp / 452hp per tonne
Top Speed 205mph
0-62mph 3.5 secs
0-99mph 6.8 secs
CO2 emissions 284 g/km
Turning circle 10.9m
Drag coefficient 0.34
Combined fuel consumption 23.7mpg
Length 4,469mm
Height 1,285mm
Width (inc wing mirrors) 1,852mm (1,952mm)
Wheelbase 2,350mm
Price £164,107 inc VAT

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Comments (2)

  • Andrew

    I’m glad to see that Porsche is finally making a forced induction engine that sounds as good, if not better than the naturally aspirated one’s like the GT3.

  • http://www.fourwayssportscars.co.za Steven Jordaan

    The pure brillance of Porsche encapsulated in the this fine machine!! I had the pleasure of playing against a 2010 GT2 on the stunning roads of the Longtoms Pass in Sabie, South Africa and my GT3 was humbled by its “Big Daddy” I cant wait to see this baby in full flight soon!