The new Porsche 911 GT2 RS
Pole position for the fastest and most powerful 911 of all time
On a performance mission: With the new 911 GT2 RS, the Porsche motorsport department has developed the ultimate driving machine. The high-performance sports car is the fastest and most powerful 911 with approval for use on the road. On September 20, 2017, the vehicle achieved a record lap for road-approved sports cars on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, achieving the feat in 6 minutes and 47.3 seconds with Porsche test driver Lars Kern behind the wheel. The 515 kW (700 hp) delivered by the biturbo flat engine catapulted the two-seater vehicle – which weighs 1,470 kilograms – from zero to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds. After 8.3 seconds, the speedometer clocked a speed of 200 km/h and continued moving up to a top speed of 340 km/h. Cornering speeds are also on a par with those achieved by super sports cars. The 911 GT2 RS reaches these speeds thanks to its flawless racing chassis and Ultra High Performance (UHP) tyres.
Discipline in sport means mastering every detail. Powerful air intakes and outlets and the imposing rear wing emphasise that the vehicle’s aerodynamics have mastered both form and design. Its large, wide wheels represent superior brake and lateral forces. The 265/35 ZR 20 (front) and 325/30 ZR 21 (rear) are the widest tyre dimensions that Porsche has fitted on a 911. Numerous elements made of carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic in a matt black carbon-weave finish are visible indications of the lightweight construction throughout.
Performance can always be increased – even for the 911 GT2 RS. That’s why the Porsche engineers have developed the Weissach package, which provides a weight saving of around 30 kg. The package includes additional elements made from carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic and titanium. For instance, the roof and the anti-roll bars are made of carbon, as are the coupling rods on both axles. Magnesium wheels reduce both the gross weight and the unsprung weight, providing a greater wealth of impressive chassis properties.
The 911 GT2 RS is the concentration of Porsche’s motorsport expertise into one high-performance sports car that also masters everyday driving. This means that despite its superior dynamics on the race track, this new top 911 model is as predictable and reliable to handle as any other Porsche sports car. The combined fuel consumption is 11.8 l/100 km.
The first 911 GT2 was developed in 1995 to meet homologation requirements for motorsport and was based on the 911 Turbo that was available at the time. The subsequent generations followed in 2000 and 2007. In 2010, Porsche designed the first 911 GT2 RS to be an even more powerful and near-motorsport variant. All 911 GT2 vehicles have several things in common: turbo engines with significantly increased power, motorsport chassis, high-performance brakes, and rear-wheel drive as opposed to all-wheel drive.