It’s a tough call, but the 911 GT2 RS makes five compelling cases

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Ranking the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS as the greatest Porsche 911 of all time is a tough ask. Is it really better than the 1975 Porsche 930 Turbo? Is it more desirable than the 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7? Would you trade your 911 GT2 RS for a 1963 Porsche 901? These are difficult questions with even more difficult answers. But in the long and glorious history of the Porsche 911, the 911 GT2 RS, at the very least, is in the discussion among the best 911s of all time.

There’s a lot to love about the 911 GT2 RS, so much so that even Porsche dedicated an entire episode of its Top 5 videos to showcase the five reasons why the 911 GT2 RS can be considered in the 911 GOAT conversation.

Creating a list of the five best things about the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS can be tricky for the simple reason that there are more than five awesome things about it. But Porsche’s video series is called Top 5 for a reason so we’ll give Porsche that much. For his part, Lars Kern knows a thing or two about the 911 GT2 RS. Not only did he play an important role in the development of the 911 GT2 RS, but he was also the same man who piloted the GT2 RS on its way to setting the production car lap record at the ‘Ring.

This time, Kern narrates all of the five best things about the GT2RS, beginning with its design and aerodynamics. Simply put, the 911 GT2 RS comes with a lot of firsts for a production Porsche, including the use of NACA air intakes as opposed to the traditional underflow cooling. Rear intercooler ducts on the fenders, a large diffuser, and an even larger rear wing all help the 911 GT2 RS. In fact, the latter two, according to Kern, combine to generate almost 900 pounds of downforce in the rear end of the 911 GT2 RS, ensuring that the mighty sports car keeps its butt firmly on the ground.

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Sound is another important feature of the 911 GT2 RS.

We’re not just talking about your typical welp or roar coming out of the exhaust. No. Porsche engineers had to examine classic Porsche models from the Porsche Museum — Kerns mentioned the 935 turbo engines — to understand that a short pipe length releases the kind of exhaust sound you normally associate with the 911. So that’s what they did — to great success.

Then there’s the sports car’s weight. If you want to stand out, you need to be lighter than light. That was the objective for the 911 GT2 RS, and the German automaker addressed that by using lightweight materials on just about everything it could use lightweight materials on. From the carbon rear wing to the magnesium roof to the lighter glass panel in the rear, keeping the 911 GT2 RS’ weight down was critical to turning into a hellacious beast.

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Speaking of hellacious, the 911 GT2 RS is a monster. Part of the reason why it achieves that status is that it’s not just all about power; it also handles like a graceful ballerina on the track. Porsche accomplished that by strapping its famous PDK dual-clutch transmission on the 911 GT2 RS and using that as a conduit to send power to the sports car’s two rear wheels. This, of course, brings us to the car’s engine. The Porsche 911 GT2 RS is powered by the same 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat-six engine that you can find in the 911 Turbo S. But whereas the 911 Turbo S carries “only” 580 horsepower and 533 pound-feet of torque, the 911 GT2 RS’ engine setup produces an eye-popping 691 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. This made the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS the fastest and most powerful production 911 ever made.

For all the mentioned reasons — and all the others that weren’t discussed — the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS deserves a seat on the table of best production 911 models of the table. It might not have the cabizera seat, but it’s darn close to occupying it.

Kirby Garlitos
Automotive Aftermarket Expert - kirby@topspeed.com
Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read More
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