Five Porsche records the new 991 GT2 RS has broken
Porsche has finally unveiled the new 991 GT2 RS at the Festival of Speed. Although the car’s first public viewing was actually back at the Xbox OneX launch earlier in June, Goodwood marks the first official unveiling of the car, complete with an array of glittering stats that means the new GT2 RS is also one of the best-ever Neuneflers and a serial 911 record breaker. You can read all the key stats behind the carbon-clad new car in Total 911 issue 156, but here’s here’s five new gongs the 991 GT2 RS can now lay claim to in the world of road-going Porsche 911s:
1. The Porsche 991 GT2 RS is the most powerful 911 of all time
Well, most powerful factory car of all time at least. With 700hp at its disposal, this sort of output from a flat six engine is usually associated with tuning houses such as Ruf, TechArt or Gemballa. Not any more though, Porsche’s new GT2 RS boasting an incredible 80hp hike over its 997 GT2 RS predecessor.
2. The Porsche 991 GT2 RS is the fastest 911 of all time
Previously, it was the 997 GT2 RS and 991.2 Turbo S (on which the 991 GT2 RS’s 3.8-litre engine is based) which jointly lay claim to being the fastest road-going 911s of all time, maxing out at a heady 205mph. Now though, the 991 GT2 RS has smashed that figure, accelerating on to a ludicrous 211.2mph.
3. The Porsche 991 GT2 RS is the quickest 911 of all time
Thanks to its lightweight (1,470kg) construction, hefty twin-turbocharged engine and specially tweaked PDK Sport transmission (no manual option here!), the 991 GT2 accelerates from 0-62mph in just 2.8 seconds, usurping the 991.2 Turbo S by a tenth of a second. Just two tenths off the overall Porsche record set by the 918 hypercar, what makes the 991 GT2 RS’s achievement even more mesmerizing is this is a car that is rear-drive only.
4. The Porsche 991 GT2 RS is the most expensive 911 of all time
With a list price of £207,500, the GT2 RS is nearly 70-grand more than even the limited-numbers 991 R. Factor in the optional Weissach Pack, which trims a further 30 kilograms of weight in return for a £21,000 fee, plus further options (unbelievably, Sport Chrono is still optional) and the 991 GT2 RS could quite feasibly be the first new 911 costing a quarter of a million pounds.
5. The Porsche 991 GT2 RS has the joint most torque of any 911
The 991 GT2 RS has peak torque of 750Nm, which is shared with the 991.2 Turbo S and is the highest peak twist of any road-going 911, ever.
For the most comprehensive drill-down of the 991 GT2 RS’s technical details anywhere on the newsstand, pick up issue 155 of Total 911, available here from 12th July 2017.