The new Porsche 911 GT2 RS just celebrated its world premiere at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK, which came to a close today.
With a 700 hp (515 kW) biturbo flat engine mated to a customised GT seven-speed double-clutch transmission (PDK), the new lightweight 911 GT2 RS can fly to the 100 km/h mark in 2.8 seconds and has a top speed of 340 km/h. The rear-wheel drive car has 80 hp more and a torque of 50 Nm more than its 3.6-litre predecessor. The total torque is 750 Newton metres.
Even with fuel to the brim, the Sports Coupe weighs only 1,470 kg. Many interior and exterior features like the front wings and air intakes on the rear side sections are made from carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFR). The bonnet is also made from carbon while the standard trim roof is made from magnesium. The exhaust system, made from extra-lightweight titanium, weighs around seven kilograms less than that of the 911 Turbo.
How is the higher performance achieved?
The model builds on the 911 Turbo S 3.8-litre engine, which produces 580 hp in its standard form and 27 hp more in the recent exclusive edition. For increased performance, large turbochargers push a larger volume of process air into the combustion chambers. A new additional cooling system delivers optimum cooling at peak loads and, at very high temperatures, sprays the charge-air cooler with water, causing the gas temperature to fall in the overpressure range and ensures optimum power output, even under extreme conditions.
Racing chassis for outstanding dynamic cornering
The 911 GT2 RS presents dynamic cornering skills at lightning speed, thanks to flawless racing chassis with rear-axle steering and Ultra High Performance (UHP) tyres. The large, wide wheels (265/35 ZR 20 at the front and 325/30 ZR 21 at the rear) ensure outstanding braking and cornering forces. The 911 GT2 RS features Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) as standard.
Track car interior
The experience inside revolves around red alcantara, black leather and full bucket seats with a carbon-weave finish. While the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) controls the audio, navigation and communication, the Connect Plus module and Porsche Track Precision app are also included as standard, enabling detailed recording, display and analysis of driving data on a smartphone.
Optional Weissach package with 30-kg weight saving
There is always room for better performance. The optional Weissach package (pictured above) saves around 30 kilograms by using more carbon-fibre reinforced plastic and titanium. The roof, the anti-roll bars and coupling rods on both axles are made of carbon, while wheels are of Magnesium.
911 GT2 RS timepiece
With the optional Chrono Package one can see, save and evaluate track times. That is not all; a 911 GT2 RS timepiece from Porsche Design comes exclusively available to its owners. Many of its details are based on the car itself. The tungsten winding rotor is modelled on the rims of the 911 GT2 RS. The clock face is made of carbon, while the display matches the instrument cluster and the tachometer.
The new 911 GT2 RS is now available for order in the UAE, with prices starting at AED 949,700.
Donut fiasco at the Goodwood ‘moving motorshow’
As is custom, the most powerful 911 ever was soon at Turn 1, after the uphill drive – an open place where cars were putting up a quick donut show for the crowd. The GT2 RS driver gave it all he can in a couple of quick attempts but the rear wheels refused to let go. The driver eventually gave up and went on his way to complete the circuit. Watch the failed donuts attempt at Goodwood.