Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport is a good looking beast with 700 HP under the hood
You can’t drive it on public roads thoughby Ciprian Florea, on
The Porsche 911 GT2 RS is an insanely cool sports car that most of us can’t own because it’s expensive and sold out in a matter of days. But, you know what’s crazier than that? Unveiling a track-only variant of it at the same time with a new-generation version of the same car. That’s exactly what Porsche did today!
While the 992-generation 911 broke cover at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show in Carrera S and Carrera 4S trims, the German firm unleashed the track-prepped GT2 RS Clubsport. Making things a bit weird is that the Clubsport is based off the outgoing, 991-generation 911. It’s a good thing we can’t have too many track-prepped 911s, no matter the generation they’re based on.
So what’s the deal with this Clubsport version?
The Clubsport looks identical to the road-legal model design-wise, but look closely and you’ll notice a few changes. The front bumper outlets are slightly larger, while the splitter was modified and a pair of winglets added to the corners.
It sports a bunch of CFRP elements, like the front and rear hoods and the roof, which now features an FIA-compliant removable escape hatch.
The rear wing was reshaped as well for better performance at the race track.
Heavily Revised Cabin
The interior of the Clubsport is significantly different though. Porsche removed the door panels and much of the center console, while the dashboard is now covered in Alcantara. The infotainment display was replaced with a control panel, while the instrument cluster is just a simple screen showing various performance figures. A race-spec engine missing the top rim replaced the regular unit.
Both the carbon steering wheel and the color display behind it have been taken from the Porsche 911 GT3 R.
There’s also a revised center console with plenty of visible carbon-fiber and an FIA-approved Recaro bucket seat for the driver. The passenger seat was deleted. Like any professional race car, the Clubsport features a welded-in safety cage, a six-point harness system, and a fire extinguisher with an electronic release unit.
What’s Under the Hood?
Although it doesn't carry extra oomph, the Clubsport is lighter than the road car
The Clubsport shares drivetrain components with the road-legal GT2 RS, so it features the same twin-turbo, 3.8-liter flat-six rated at 700 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. Before you say anything, although it doesn’t carry extra oomph, it’s lighter than the road car. Porsche managed to shave off around 177 pounds, taking the Clubsport down to 3,064 pounds.
Like the road-legal 911 GT2 RS, the Clubsport version is equipped with PSM (Porsche Stability Management) including traction control as well as an anti-lock braking system (ABS). The sprint to 60 mph should take less than three seconds, while top speed should be in excess of 205 mph.
How Many and How Much?
Porsche plans to build 200 units and it’s safe to assume that all have already been reserved. No info on pricing yet, but with the road-legal GT2 RS priced from $293,200, the Clubsport should command at least $350,000.
2020 Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport specifications
|Engine||3.8-litre flat-six twin-turbo|
|Transmission||7-speed PDK gearbox with rigid suspension and short throw|
|Total height||1,359 mm|
Read our full review on the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS.
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