Let the drooling begin! Porsche has unveiled the official details on the most powerful street-legal model they have ever built. Limited to only 500 units, the new 911 GT2 RS officially went on sale last October in the USA on a reservation basis and was sold out in a matter of hours. Yeah, it sold out faster than an Eminem CD at Target.
The new GT2 RS is the most powerful production car in Porsche’s long and storied history and, as such, it smokes the standard GT2 - and every other Porsche model in history, for that matter - out of the water. Porsche managed to reduce the weight by 154 lbs and upgrade the engine’s output with 90 horsepower (for a total of 620 horsepower). This makes the RS sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 3.5 seconds, 0 to 124 mph in just 9.8 seconds, and 0 to 186 mph in 28.9 seconds. Top speed is 205 mph. The sports car also delivers a power-to-weight ratio of 4.9 lb per horsepower and has a reported Nurburgring time of seven minutes and 18 seconds.
UPDATE 08/29/11: Road & Track has come out with a pretty cool review of the 911 GT2 RS, considered as the fastest production Porsche in the world. You can check it out after the jump as R&T takes it for a shakedown at the Miller Motorsports Park factory driver Patrick Long manning the controls.
Details after the jump, including a video of the 911 GT2 RS finally touching down in North America.
Exterior and Interior
As the fastest Porsche production car ever, the German automaker is making sure that the car’s exterior and interior features also won’t disappoint. So they decided to go all-out on the car’s aesthetics, starting with the lavish use of carbon-fiber-reinforced (CFR) components in a matte-black surface finish, even wider wheels and flared wheel arches at the front, new 911 GT2 light-alloy wheels with central locking, as well as ”GT2 RS“ model designations on the doors and rear lid. There’s also an upgraded front spoiler lip and a rear spoiler lip made of CFR that is 10 millimeters or almost 0.4 inches higher, giving the supercar the right aerodynamic precision to go with the added downforce. As for the interior, the 911 GT2 RS exudes the flair and panache of top quality sporting performance in virtually every detail, including the lightweight bucket seats made of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic in carbon surface finish and lightweight door panels with door opening straps. The basic interior color is black, which is attractively in contrast to the seat center sections and the roof lining, as well as segments on the steering wheel rim. Keeping up with this luxurious styling, the 911 GT2 RS’ gearshift and handbrake lever are both finished in red Alcantara.
The 911 GT2 RS is powered by a 3.6 liter six-cylinder boxer engine that’s boosted by two turbochargers with variable turbine geometry and mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. The car produces 620 horsepower with a 0 to 62 mph time of just 3.5 seconds, a top speed of 205 mph, and an impressive Nurburgring lap time of seven minutes and 18 seconds.
Limited to just 500 units, the 911 GT2 RS Europe and the States with a base price of €199,500 including VAT and national specifications/equipment; that’s about $280,000 based on current exchange rates. Meanwhile, the same Porsche rocket will retail in Germany at a price of €237,578.
The Porsche 911 GT2 RS is in the league of the big boys and, as such, if you’re looking for a competing car to match wits with this Stuttgart bad boy, you should be looking at a car like the Ferrari 458 Italia. Only the best meet the best, baby.
Talking about aesthetics, both cars are vastly different from each other yet share one thing that is remarkably similar: they’re sporty and aggressive exteriors go well with their luxurious interior features. Picking one over the other based on looks is like picking one hot brunette with an equally smoking blonde. You can’t go wrong either way.
The performance department is where we get some separation, albeit very little. While the 458 Italia comes with a powerful 4.5 Liter V8 engine that produces 570 horsepower with a 201-mph top speed, the 911 GT2 RS has the leg up, thanks to its 3.6 liter six-cylinder boxer engine with 620 horsepower and a 205-mph top speed. Despite the "slower" top speed, the 458 Italia jumps off the block as fast as the 911 GT2 RS, posting a 0-60 mph time of 3.4 seconds compared to the 911 GT2 RS’ time of 3.5 seconds (0-62 mph).
The price for both cars hit well in the range of each other with the 911 GT2 RS ($280,000) being a little more expensive than the 458 Italia ($275,000).
In the end, we’re going to stick with the 911 GT2 RS on the grounds that with it being too close to call, we’ll choose the limited edition model. But since all 500 models have already been spoken for, then the 458 Italia comes as an excellent Plan 1A.
Most powerful production Porsche ever
Fantastic interior set-up
Plenty of carbon fiber to go around
Only 500 units
Price range is expensive, despite being where it should be