Supercar Showdown: Porsche 911 Turbo Switzer takes on a Porsche 911 GT2 9ff, BMW M3 V10 & Lamborghini LP550-2
You think a supercharged 750 horsepower Russian Porsche 997 Turbo SPI750 by Switzer Performace Innovation can hold its own against its supercar brethren in a good ol’ fashion drag race?
If you’re having trouble answering that question, you’re in luck because somebody’s going to answer it for you. That ’somebody’ - or some bodies - happens to be the folks from Dragtimes.info and the drag race-addicted members of GT-Board happen to have a number of supercars ready to meet the challenge that is the SWI-tuned Porsche 997 Turbo.
Lining up against the superpowered Stuttgart machine includes one of its cousins, a 9ff-tuned Porshce 911 GT2, a Lamborghini LP550-2 Valentino Balboni Edition, and a V10 engine-powered, 560 horsepower BMW M3 E30.
We’re not spoiling the results for any of you, but one thing that you guys can be absolutely certain of is that these cars are no lightweights by any stretch of the imagination. So you better gear yourself up for a slobberknocker of a race - or three.
The folks from GTboard have been churning out racing videos one after the other in increasing frequency. Don’t get us wrong; we’re not going to start complaining because the more racing videos we can watch, the happier we’re going to be.
In this latest race, they managed to put a Ferrari 458 Italia against a tuned-up Porsche 997 GT2, making the playing field a little more even, or did it? The stage is set, fellas. It’s the Prancing Horse versus the Porsche Powerhouse. Care to venture a guess on who smokes the other?
Trust us; the race wasn’t even close.
Last week, Porsche unveiled the GT2 RS - the fastest car the company has ever produced. Today, the Ohio-based tuning firm, Switzer Performance, announced the GT2 R911S tuning package - a model that "has a (conservative) 911 hp on tap."
To obtain that amount of power the tuner added Switzer’s MONSTER intercoolers, a Switzer-specific titanium inverted-front-strut, and a remote-reservoir suspension engineered by the track experts at JRZ.
The tuner announced they will also offer the R911S Carbon - an exclusive suite of lightweight carbon-fiber body panels that sheds weight from the R911S and lowers the car’s center of gravity for maximum performance in advanced-level trackday and time-attack sessions.
The best part about Switzer’s Porsche GT2 R911S? Switzer is not asking anyone to wait in line because a customer can order their tuned up model for immediate delivery. Waiting’s for suckers.
Pricing for Switzer’s standard vehicle starts at $199,900 (reality check: the 2011 Porsche GT2 RS runs a cool $253,000), while the top of the line R911S Carbon is priced at $239,900.
Press release after the jump.
Just in case a lot of us need to be reminded as to what Porsche is capable of, the Stuttgart-based automaker has released its new promotional video of the 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS.
Quite frankly, we didn’t need 55 seconds worth of pure, unadulterated Porsche awesomeness to be made aware of how mouth-watering the 911 GT2 RS really is. But just in case some people need more convincing than the rest, here’s the video in all its glory.
Just don’t be surprised if, after watching the promo video, you end up finding yourself cursing too.
Just a few hours after the official launch, Porsche has already started a web special for the new GT2 RS. This web special offers new official images and details, but the best part is that it also offers a configurator of sorts that shows all of the color options and wheels for the new RS model. Check it out!
With a total output of 620 HP, the GT2 RS makes the 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.
For those who have been waiting for the Porsche 911 GT2 RS to come out, well, hop on the bandwagon. Despite the fact that Porsche’s newest sports toy is still a long ways away from being released, our expectations really haven’t gone to those lengths yet. At this point, we’d be happy to just see photos of the 911 GT2 RS.
And so, thanks to the wonder that is the Internet, our wishes have been granted, albeit not by a lot. Thanks to Autogespot, new photos of the 911 GT2 RS, which look like they were taken during a presentation of sorts, have surfaced. Much to our delight, the sports car looks to be as mean as it is expected to be fast. Sporting a completely tuned-up body with a carbon fiber hood, ginormous air intakes, a new set of performance wheels, and enough spoilers to make Xzibit gush, the 911 GT2 RS is about as ready for a day on the track as any Porsche car we’ve seen in a while.
Tech details behind the car are still hazy at this point, though we fully expect Porsche to come out with them as soon as they become readily available. In the meantime, these photos are about the closest thing we have to drooling over the car. And we’re not even complaining.
Just a few days ago we reported Porsche working on a hardcore version of their sporty GT2. Today, we have some new details on the next GT2 RS.
The GT2 RS will be about 198lbs. lighter than the current GT2 and with a total power of 620 Hp, it will offer impressive performances. The sprint from 0-60 mph will be made in 3.2 seconds, 0-124 mph will be made in 10 seconds and the 0-186 mph sprint in 25 seconds. Porsche also announced a Nurburgring lap time of just 7 minutes and 22 seconds.
Yes, we’ve heard all of these numbers before, but, as we mentioned earlier, we have a new detail on the Porsche GT2 RS. Now, this may be a bad detail to have to come forth with, but we must give you the facts as we receive them. There will only be 300 units built of this beautiful Porsche GT2 RS and each will be priced at 240,000 euro. Hopefully, we will receive happier details (and possibly more units) at the official unveiling on May 14, 2010, but until then, we will have to deal with the facts we have now and hope for more!
For those of you who drive a Porsche 911 GT2 and wish for an improvement, TechArt has the perfect solution for you: Aerodynamic kit I that improves both performances and car’s aerodynamics.
Aerodynamic components are wind-tunnel tested, race-track proven and manufactured to unsurpassed quality of durable, hard wearing polyurethane RIM. Approx. 60 mm of additional ground clearance at the front spoiler are provided at the push of a button to prevent grounding through hydraulic ride-height control at the front axle.
As for the engine the tuner can raise the maximum power to an impressive 680 hp (up from a standard 530 hp). The sprint from0 to 60 mph will be made in 3,4 seconds and top speed goes up to 210 mph.
In a country replete with supercars, there’s a sure-fire way to get people’s attention and make your car stand out from the rest – a tall order considering that just about every car in the UAE comes with a six-figure price tag. The solution: dress it up in gold.
This Porsche 997 GT2, which was photographed by the folks over at GT Spirit, stands out not because it’s a Porsche – they have a lot of those in that region – or that it’s a racing version of a supercar, but because it’s glittered in a pretty dramatic dark gold exterior.
What’s more, according to GT Spirit, the car is actually for sale, too, which makes us wonder who would pay what we imagine to be an exorbitant sum of Benjamins for a chance to go home with this high-fashion sports car.
What we do know is that if we had the moolah, we’d definitely take a stab at it.
The TechArt GTstreet RS is a super tuned version of the Porsche 911 GT2 and is the latest masterpiece from the German tuning that specializes in the German sports car maker’s work with the GTstreet RS being of the 700 HP variety. The vehicle features a new body kit consisting of a GT RS front apron complete with carbon splitter, new side carbon-flics, aero bonnet, headlight shades, mirror shades, new side sills, a carbon roof spoiler, a rear spoiler GT with winglets and carbon gurney and a rear apron GT RS with carbon diffuser and air outlet as well as carbon air wings.
In order to obtain the astonishing power TechArt has upgraded the flat six with a new turbocharger to provide more boost, a high performance intercooler to handle the extra heat, a sport tuned exhaust system to let the boxer engine breathe and new engine electronics to make sure that everything remains in working order. As part of TechArt’s high performance design philosophy, they test their machines on the track. The GTstreet RS has most recently established a new lap record at the Sachsenring race track clocking in at 1:31.94 minutes around the former DTM and current Moto GP circuit. Aside from setting a new speed record the highly tuned GT2 also scored a win with its proven ability to stop from 60 MPH just short of 108 feet, once again reassuring the RS’s super car competitor status.
Press release after the jump!
The TechArt GT Street RS, based on the Porsche 911 GT2, established a new lap record at the Sachsenring race track with a lap time of 1:31.94 min.
Apart from that, the GT Street RS also obtained an impressive 32,9-meter braking distance at a speed of 100 km/h.
Press release after the jump.