Now that we have already seen the new-generation Porsche 911 Turbo , Porsche took out the hardcore version out for a testing session. A 911 GT2 prototype - also known as the "Widow maker" - was caught testing today on the Nürburgring test track.
As you can see, the prototype is almost undisguised and we can clearly see the wider wheel arches in the front and the much wider rear fenders with massive air intakes from the 911 Turbo . Nice attempt at hiding the GT2’s real air intakes, but we see through your sneaky disguise, Porsche. The GT2 will also get a center-mounted dual-exhaust system, which is inspired by the GT3 version, and a big fixed rear spoiler.
Under the hood, we expect to see Porsche install a turbocharged 3.8 liter six-cylinder engine that will deliver 560 to 570 horsepower to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. With this drivetrain in tow, we expect the GT2 to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds and up to a top speed of about 200 mph, making it the fastest production 911 in its storied history.
Updated 07/08/2013: Based on those latest spy shots we have created a rendering for the upcoming 911 GT2. We hope you like it!
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We have based our rendering on the recent spy shots. When compared to the GT3 version, the new GT2 version will feature wider fenders, Turbo-style air intakes and a new rear wing.
As you can see from the spy shots, the next 911 GT2 will essentially look like the new-generation Turbo, but it will adopt a more aggressive stance. Up front, you will notice the redesigned full-LED headlights and larger air intakes.
On the rear, the 911 GT2 will get a center-mounted exhaust system and a big fixed rear spoiler.
Porsche launched the GT2 in 1993 when the 911 Turbo was in the 993 generation. The car received the "GT2" nomenclature because it was built to meet FIA GT2 class regulations.
The model launched in 1993 used a 3.6-liter engine that delivered a total of 430 horsepower. In 1998, Porsche tuned the flat-six to 450 horsepower. The 993 GT2 sprinted from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and up to a top speed of 187 mph.
The 996 GT2 was offered with a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter engine that delivered a total of 462 horsepower. The second-generation GT2 sprinted from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and up to a top speed of 198 mph.
The 997 GT2 was unveiled at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show and was offered with a 3.6-liter flat-six engine with an output increased to 523 horsepower, thanks to twin-variable-geometry turbochargers. The 997 GT2 could sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds and up to a top speed of 204 mph.
The new Aston Martin Vanquish - the replacement for the DBS - was unveiled at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. It is powered by a 6.0-liter V-12 engine that delivers a total of 565 horsepower at 6,750 rpm and a peak torque of 457 pound-feet at 5,500 rpm. As a result, the Vanquish will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 186 mph.
This makes the Vanquish a little bit slower than the GT2, but it is a little bit more elegant than the Porsche model.
Gallery Aston Martin Vanquish
The R8 Plus version is the most powerful and fastest model in the R8 lineup. It is powered by a 5.2-liter V-10 engine that delivers a total of 550 horsepower and a peak torque of 398 pound-feet at 6,500 rpm.
The R8 Plus can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and up to a top speed of 196 mph.