Opinion: Does the current Porsche 911 range need a GT2?

One month before I joined Total 911, a news story emerged in the Update section of issue 104 showing exclusive first spy photos of a 991 GT2 testing at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. That was 15 months ago.

Since then, the rumours of a turbocharged rear-wheel drive Porsche 991 have switched away from the GT range and moved onto the humble Carrera as Zuffenhausen supposedly looks to up performance and reduce fuel consumption of the next 911 generation in one fell swoop.

The silence surrounding the 991 GT2’s absence is far from deafening (no doubt aided by the excitement for the mooted upcoming release of the first Rennsport 991: the new 911 GT3 RS) in the Spring of 2015.

Porsche 997 GT2 RS was incredible. Would a 991 GT2 live up to it and still be able to match the 991 Turbo S's traction?
Porsche 997 GT2 RS was incredible. Would a 991 GT2 live up to it and still be able to match the 991 Turbo S’s traction?

However, there are still many Porsche enthusiasts who have expressed disappointment that the current neinelfer line-up will be the first to feature a ‘widowmaker’ model since the GT2’s inception on the 993 generation in 1995.

Yet, is there a need for a 991 GT2? After all, with the 560hp 991 Turbo S able to sprint to 62mph in under three seconds, is it even possible for Porsche to make a rear-wheel drive 911 that at least matches this while beating the 997 GT2 RS’s 620hp power figures?

The Porsche 911 GT2 concept has always been about extremes, making a supercar out of the everyday sports car. Yet, increasingly they have become nearly undriveable on public roads under ‘real world’ conditions.

The upcoming Porsche 991 GT3 RS will appease fans of hardcore 911s in the New Year.
The upcoming Porsche 991 GT3 RS will appease fans of hardcore 911s in the New Year.

Having spent some time in a 996 GT2 on a damp road last year, I can confirm that Porsche’s ultimate turbocharged 911s have probably been too fast for the roads since 2001. They’re certainly a world away from the usable sports car that Ferry originally imagined.

The GT2 was originally envisaged as a way of homologating a race car so that Porsche could go racing internationally. That need vanished almost as soon as it arrived with the return of the naturally aspirated RSR during the 996 era.

With its ultimate raison d’être defunct since the turn of the millennium, the 911 GT2 was kept on to satisfy Porsche fans who wanted a rawer turbocharged experience (one maybe more akin to the original 930s).

Is this the last we'll ever see of the 991 GT2?
Is this the last we’ll ever see of the 991 GT2?

But, with the 991 generation, Zuffenhausen’s focus appears to centre around practicality, comfort and usability. The new 991 GT3 is a case in point. Would the GT2 concept synergise properly with the 991 concept? I don’t think so.

A 991 GT2 would struggle to beat the current 991 Turbo S around a track while remaining viable as a road car and it would probably come with PDK as standard, alienating traditional GT2 fans.

If it can’t be faster, if it’s not needed for motorsport homologation and it doesn’t fit in with the 991 ethos, is it really needed? With the Porsche 991 GT3 RS on the way to satisfy hardcore 911 fans, I’d wager we won’t really miss the GT2 at all.

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Comments (3)

  • sycmatt

    Short of stripping the Turbo S of all its luxury and 4wd, I don’t see how it could work. It would simply become a turbo charged RS which isn’t with keeping with the RS philosophy. What Porsche have failed to do (since the 993) is keep the Turbo S stripped and lightweight….by naming it GT2. They could’ve then developed both turbo and normally aspirated versions at a similar pace and I’m sure that each variation would have developed a firm following AND customer base.
    Hindsight.

  • Nomad

    I used to agree with 991 GT2 not making sense pov, until I watched a comparison of 991 GT3, 458 Speciale and 650S. It’s gonna sound keyboard warrior-ish, but GT3 being left in the dust of these cars doesn’t look good for Porsche. With Turbo S substituting for the role of all weather GT car instead of being a proper sportscar, I do think there is a place for GT2. 991 simply needs more torque. Unless the 991 GT3 RS goes 4.0l, I’d say bring the GT2!
    And I’m not buying that whole widowmaker story. Even the GT2 RS was still renowned for its traction (unless you unloaded all the boost mid corner, in which case RIP). If the traction is gonna be a problem, just work more on the electronic systems. For instance, look what Ferrari has done with the side-slip control. These assists can be fun.

    I agree with sycmatt on his point about Turbo S.
    And to follow his argument on RS philosophy… what if the next 911 RSR for LMGTEPro goes the turbocharged way (or even the GT3 racecar)? Which road car will be representative of the race program then? What happens if Porsche is really gonna turbocharge all the 911s of the next generation? How will these GT/Turbo monikers work with the possible introduction of the hybrid systems or electric turbochargers?

    Porsche will soon find themselves on a crossroad and they will have to either redefine these models or completely abolish the GT2, GT3 and Turbo model and introduce new ones instead.

  • SomeGuy

    Yes.