2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS

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

Porsche 911 GT2 RS

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.

Performance

Porsche 911 GT2 RS

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.

Pricing

Porsche 911 GT2 RS

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.

Competition

Porsche 911 GT2 RS

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).

Porsche 911 GT2 RS

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.

Porsche 911 GT2 RS
LOVE IT
  • Most powerful production Porsche ever
  • Fantastic interior set-up
  • Plenty of carbon fiber to go around
LEAVE IT
  • Only 500 units
  • Price range is expensive, despite being where it should be
  • Stiff competition

Road & Track Video Review


50 comments:

Can anyone please tell me why if the gt2 and gt3 are the most powerful production cars made by porsche why their road legal race versions are slower than the porsche 911 turbo s??

I only see this one look like their typical Porsche vehicle, and I really can’t see any difference on it on the other Porsche. I also wonder if how it became too expensive?

Well, compared to Ferrari 458 Italia, I can say that Porsche more looks awesome and stunning on its platform design than with Ferrari. It’s a good thing as well that it has a more powerful engine.

620 horsepower is already great enough on this vehicle, and I have to agree that it is absolutely a good-looking car on that aesthetic design. It’s a good thing as well that it has tons of safety features.

First off, the GT2 has a set up already more geared for track driving- more grips, less weight, better down force. I have a pretty good idea what one looks like inside and out.

Does it have a safety feature? Anyway, I must say that Porsche 911 is really so impressive on its exterior detailing. It’s a good thing as well that they prove the fact that it is a sports vehicle.

The videos are really great! Well, now I truly don’t have any doubt that this 911 GT2 is absolutely an awesome sporty vehicle! Its speed performance is very remarkable and its nice with this one.

Porsche vehicles are really great and even though this 911 GT2 of them, only looks like their other car. I’m still impressed with the angst and with its powerful engine output which this one had.

I will never get tired or bored seeing Porsche vehicles, even though they are all have the same platform and detailing. smiley Anyway, this GT2 is truly very attractive on its carbon-fiber exterior appearance!

If I’m going to compare it to Ferrari Italia, I must say that this Porsche 911 is still be stood out for me, looking so simple but oozing with angst. I’m also impressed with its powerful engine, which can really give a nice speed on it.

Porsche 911 is truly so impressive on its exterior detailing, and I’m glad that they didn’t forget to add some safety features on its interior. Anyway, what’s the purpose of its gull-wing?

I simply love the interior of this Porsche, well it is very striking to me. As for the exterior appearance of it, I still can say that it is looking great, but I noticed that it is too expensive. smiley

The six cylinder boxer engine of this one that can deliver a powerful 620 horsepower, is really impressive for this one. I bet, it can have a better performance and as for the exterior looks of this one, I can say that it is a very satisfying sport car.

The interior is really impressive it’s suited on a sports car, and I must say that it is a great combination. smiley Well, I’m always fond with Porsche cars. Their cars don’t need lots of designing to make it fabulous.

Tremendous car, one of the ideal car made, from its exterior, interior and headlights choice are all elevated and emphasized well. The color scheme even give credit to the overall image of the car.

Gt2 definitely the fastest Porsche car ever made, that would be a big hit in the market. Not bad at all for the price, worth money for.

I love the styling of this car and its has an impressive performance. However, looking at its competitor, Well I think this car is less powerful compare to Italia. And its better not to consider this car for there’s already the GT3.

Well, i think its less to consider this model for there is already the GT3 and its quite impressive compare to this version. You could see more power and sportier interior on their latest production.

hmm. I think this car is sort of outdated production. I’m waiting for the aftermarket production on this car. However, competing against the 458 Italia would be so risky for them.

Im not too big on porsches, but this is a different story. looks like a beast
but it should be compared to a ferrari 599

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