By MJ Majuru
The fastest and most powerful road-approved 911, the new 911 GT2 RS, made its debut at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK.
At the heart of the new high-performance sports car is a 515kW bi-turbo flat engine. Weighing in at 1470kg (with a full fuel tank), the lightweight two-seater accelerates from 0-100km/h in 2.8 seconds.
The rear-wheel drive Coupé has a top speed of 340km/h. The new 911 GT2 RS trumps its 3.6-litre predecessor with 515kW/750Nm (up from the Turbo S’ 427kW/700Nm)
The new 911 GT2 RS with a three-year Drive Plan is now available for order in South Africa, with prices starting at R4 411 000.
The 3.8-litre engine is coupled with a customised GT seven-speed double-clutch transmission (PDK) in the new GT2 RS enables power to be transferred with uninterrupted traction.
According to Porsche: “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 an emotional sound.”
The 911 GT2 RS is fitted with a racing chassis, rear-axle steering and Ultra High Performance (UHP) tyres. Like all GT sports cars, the new top 911 features a specially calibrated PSM with a Sport mode.
Tyres are 265/35 ZR 20 at the front and 325/30 ZR 21 at the rear, and the new models has Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) as standard. The front wings, wheel housing vents, outer shells on the Sport Design side-mirrors, air intakes on the rear side sections and parts of the rear end are made from carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFR), as are many of the interior components. The bonnet is also made from carbon while the standard trim roof is made from magnesium.
Optional Weissach package
Performance can always be cranked up a notch – even on the 911 GT2 RS. Owners can purchase the optional Weissach package, which provides a weight saving of around 30kg. 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, and so 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 luggage compartment lid and the carbon-weave finish roof are emblazoned with a central strip in the same colour as the car for a visually distinctive look.
A truly sporty interior
The interior of the 911 GT2 RS is dominated by red and black leather and interior parts with a carbon-weave finish as standard. The model’s sports steering wheel with gearshift paddles. Drivers and passengers experience the driving dynamics of the high-performance sports car in full bucket seats with a carbon-weave finish.
Typical of every 911, the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) is the central control unit for 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.
The optional Chrono Package expands the PCM functions to include performance display, which can be used to show, save and evaluate track times. The package also includes a stopwatch on the switch panel with both analogue and digital display. What’s more, the Chrono Package on the 911 GT2 RS comes with a lap trigger.
Using the Porsche Track Precision app in conjunction with external markers on a start/finish straight, this lap trigger enables drivers to record lap times with a high level of precision.