The fastest production Porsche – the GT2 RS
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.
|Max. power (DN)||620hp|
|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
|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|
|CO2 emissions||284 g/km|
|Combined fuel consumption||23.7mpg|
|Width (inc wing mirrors)||1,852mm (1,952mm)|
|Price||£164,107 inc VAT|