Porsche 911 GT2 RS (997)

Porsche has just revealed the fastest 911 yet, the GT2 RS, which will be landing here later this year. With more power and less weight, the GT2 RS sips less fuel than the old GT2, if somehow you can drive it slowly.


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In brief

Porsche has revealed the ever-so-slightly bonkers headline act to its current 911 crop, the GT2 RS. Stripped and almost race ready, but also somehow road legal as well, the GT2 RS features a turbocharged engine with extra dollops of power and torque, a lighter body and a steroid fed exterior.

The engine is Porsche's familiar 3.6-litre horizontally-opposed six-cylinder unit; it's boosted by two turbos and pumps out 456kW of power and 700Nm of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox — no namby-pamby automatics or dual-clutch transmissions here. Nail your clutch and gear work, you can send the GT2 RS flying from zero to 100km/h in 3.5 seconds, to 200km/h in 9.8 seconds and 300km/h in 28.9 seconds.

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If you have enough racetrack you can reach 330km/h, while ceramic brakes bring the whole thing to a halt. Despite the performance increase, fuel consumption is down 5 per cent from the superseded GT2 to 11.9L/100km and CO2 emissions are cut to 284g/km.

Local base specifications have yet to be set, but the car will be offered overseas with Porsche's CDR-30 audio system, which can be optioned up to include a USB port for MP3 players, iPhones and USB sticks. Other audio options include a nine-speaker 235W stereo system and satellite navigation with Bluetooth hands-free.

Naturally, you could go completely without and save a few extra kilos, after all that's what the GT2 RS is all about. To shave weight to a scant 1370kg, Porsche's engineers have removed most of the 911's sound-deadening material, replaced some of the glass with synthetics and used carbon fibre liberally for the bonnet, air feeders, wings and seats. Weight-conscious buyers can even replace the standard lead-acid battery with a Lithium-ion pack that saves 10kg.

Outlook

Production of the 911 GT2 RS will be limited to just 500 units, so cashed up adrenaline junkies will have to be quick. The car will be officially unveiled at the 2010 Moscow Motor Show at the beginning of August with sales to begin in Europe and Australia from September, and in the US from October.

Pricing and specifications have yet to be finalised, but don't expect too much change from AU$500,000. In Europe the base price will be €199,500 (AU$283,320), but that's before local taxes are taken into account — Germans will have to cough up €237,578 (AU$337,400) for their piece of RS action.



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GEEEZ posted a comment   

The Good:lots

The Bad:for the price you pay they could hav done darbonm fibre body

It's unbelievable how much we Australians pay for cars in general. I am sure that you could buy a GT2 RS in Ebgland for about AU@250,000 max. Our taxes are unbelievable

 

Chris posted a comment   

300km/h in 28.9km/h, feel free to delete.

 

Derek Fung posted a reply   
Australia

Consider it corrected. Thanks!

 

Frank posted a comment   

I want one

 

simon posted a comment   

doesnt seem that light to me. more carbon fibre might have made a difference.

 

Flipper posted a comment   

This is typical. No doubt a great car. But, again, it's for the filthy rich who just keep thumbing their noses at the rest of the real world who end up having to pay for their extreme excesses. Instead, they should actually be placing some pressure on the likes of Porsche to stick their R&D money into kicking the **** out of the oil companies with completely new, alternative, clean and efficient engine technology. Sorry Porsche, you suck.

 

Matt posted a reply   

Hi flipper,
They actually are. In fact, this very page has a link to an all-electric porsche, plus they are designing a hybrid boxster evolution, which are currently the two greenest techniques of creating propulsion for a car.

If you think that's not good enough, what are you going to do about it besides posting here where no one who can make change will ever read it?




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