Porsche 997 GT2 RS: not just any Rennsport
Every now and then, you come across a sports car that stands out from the crowd. It’s a feat that’s often hard to achieve in Porsche circles, such is the high calibre of decorated sports cars to have left the Zuffenhausen factory over the last five decades.
However, when the car in question is not only a turbocharged Rennsport, but also Porsche’s fastest road-going production 911, you are dealing with a very special sports car indeed – and that’s before we realise it has just 957 miles on the clock.
First introduced in 1995, the 911 GT2 has been powered by a 3.6-litre, twin-turbocharged flat-six boxer engine. This was originally air-cooled in the 993, of course, before switching to water cooling for both the 996 and 997.
However, the halcyon GT2 in our pictures, a 2010 GT2 RS, draws on its premium sporting heritage from as far back as the 2.7-litre Carrera RS from 1973, when Porsche first started producing high-performance road-going 911 models with the ‘RS’ moniker.
These legendary Rennsport models have always been produced in limited numbers, but all have been naturally aspirated – until the turn of this ferocious GT2 RS.
Plenty of evocative adjectives have been used to describe the car since its inception: brutal, overpowered, aggressive, monstrous, feral; even the ‘Widowmaker’ tag has been applied in portraying the performance of the GT2 RS.
While the turbocharged Rennsport has elements of all of these in its character, in truth it possesses so much more because it can still be driven at street-legal speeds, and is capable of behaving in an assured and civilised fashion.
See it like this: it was once said that a child could fly a Boeing 747, but it took a qualified pilot to land the craft or handle an emergency. In the same way, most people would be able to drive the GT2 RS at normal speeds.
To read more about this incredible turbocharged 911, including how it performs on track, pick up your copy of Total 911 issue 114 in store now. You can also order it online via the Imagine Shop, or download a copy via Great Digital Mags.