Published: Mon, July 03, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Porsche 911 GT2 RS Revealed at Goodwood

Porsche 911 GT2 RS Revealed at Goodwood

To put together the most radical 911 to date, Porsche has compiled quite an impressive performance figures.

After we got a quick peek at a Microsoft preview and "drove" it in the new Forza Motorsports 7 demo at E3, the new 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS bared all at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The GT2 RS employs the 3.8-litre flat-six motor from the Turbo version albeit with bigger turbochargers and more cooling.

The GT2 RS' interior is loud. Its seven-speed double-clutch transmission is geared to let the GT2 RS stretch out to 211 miles per hour. A light-weight setup is pivotal to the auto, and is omnipresent all throughout; a titanium exhaust system, slathered carbon fibre hood, magnesium roof, aerodynamic and interior parts made of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic, all contribute to weigh savings. The interior is made up of just two bucket seats and a rollover cage.

The 911 GT2 RS gets a special version of Porsche's seven speed dual clutch system, enabling the rear-wheel drive super sports auto to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.7 seconds. On the track, top speed is 211 miles per hour.

In the engine compartment in the back is a 3.8-litre twin-turbo flat-six, derived from the unit used in the 911 Turbo S. Thanks to a set of larger turbochargers and a water-spray charge-air intercooler, the beast produces an awesome 515kW of power and 750Nm of torque.

How much does it cost?

Porsche 911 GT2 RS Revealed at Goodwood
Porsche 911 GT2 RS Revealed at Goodwood

Under the bodywork, there's barely an inch of the 911 GT2 RS that hasn't received attention from Porsche's engineers. That's 80 horsepower and 37 pounds-feet more than what the 2011 911 GT2 RS offered.

This iteration now makes an astounding 690bhp and 750Nm of torque, which is an increment of 79bhp and 50Nm over the outgoing 911 GT2 RS.

Don't worry, there's all manner of go-fast hardware to keep it safe, including standard carbon ceramic brakes, aggressive aero, rear-wheel steering, and specialized traction and stability control. In line with weight saving initiatives brought to the 911 GT3 RS, the new 911 GT2 RS also receives a magnesium roof.

Inside, the 911 GT2 RS uses a combination of black leather and red Alcantara upholstery as well as carbonfibre trim elements.

Other options include an £8,000 watch, while many 911 GT2 RS customers are expected to specify the Chrono Package. What's more, the specially developed exhaust system is made from extra-lightweight titanium, weighs around seven kilograms less than the system used in the 911 Turbo and delivers a resonating sound.

For optimal road grip, Porsche also outfits its newest 911 with wide 20-inch front and 21-inch rear wheels wrapped in "Ultra High Performance" tires. The Weissach package is optionally available with an MSRP of $31,000. Porsche - along with Audi, Lamborghini and Bentley - is part of the Volkswagen Group. It will reach US dealers in early 2018.

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