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2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS

2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS
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  • Porsche 911 GT2 RS
  • Year:
    2018
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  • Engine:
    flat-6
  • Transmission:
    PDK
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    700 @ 7000
  • Torque @ RPM:
    553
  • Displacement:
    3.8 L
  • 0-60 time:
    2.7 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    211 mph
  • Price:
    293200
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The ultimate Porsche 911!

The Porsche 911 has stood as the ultimate sports car for more than 50 years, but the latest 991 body style is proof that Porsche still has plenty of tricks up its sleeve. With the debut of the refreshed 991.2 in late 2015, the automotive world is now finally witnessing the return of the extreme 911 GT2 RS. As is typical for any factory-built, race-ready sports car, the previous Porsche 911 GT2 RS made strong impressions when it splashed down in 2011, and as evidenced by the current 991 lineup, it’s definitely one of the best 911’s ever created. That winning streak now continues with the latest GT2 RS, which was just unveiled this year at E3. Slated for sale for the 2018 model year, the new Stuttgart track star comes equipped with a whopping 700 horsepower, complemented by beefy new aero, a competition-ready chassis, and rear axle steering.

Treading the line between track machine and street prowler, the new GT2 RS is a surefire winner amongst 911 enthusiasts. It does everything you’d expect, minus the frills and distractions. Not only is it capable of obliterating lap times, but the fact you can drive it to and from the track makes it more than just a toy. Read on for specs on this Teutonic terror.

Updated 09/19/2017: We added a series of new images taken during the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show where the 911 GT2 RS made a very impressive appearance.

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Video of the Day: Ice ballet on the frozen lake of St. Moritz

Video of the Day: Ice ballet on the frozen lake of St. Moritz

Yeah, it really doesn’t get any better than this!

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Budget Direct Renders 7 Sports Cars Built For Off-Roading

Budget Direct Renders 7 Sports Cars Built For Off-Roading

Track terrors ready for the rough stuff

These days, it seems like you can’t turn around without bumping into some new SUV tuned to perform like a sports car. But what if you went the other way around, taking a sports car and adding a dash of off-roading goodness? Or maybe try a gallon of off-roading goodness. Well, that’s exactly what Budget Direct did with the following seven renderings.

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Are Cars Becoming Too Fast For The Nurburgring?

Are Cars Becoming Too Fast For The Nurburgring?

Porsche’s legendary test driver seems to think so

Two-time World Rally Champion and Porsche development driver Walter Rohrl has seen it all. The 70-year old has had a sparkling racing career that stretches all the way back to 1973. If there’s a point of authority on matters involving speed and racing, it’s him. So it is a bit surprising that Rohrl actually admitted that today’s performance cars are getting too fast for the Nurburgring.

Speaking with Drive Australia, Rohrl opened up about the growing risks that drivers face when they drive a performance car at the Nurburgring. “You have no room for mistakes, that’s the bad thing,” he said. “On the speeds like in this car (Porsche 911 GT2 RS), you go Schwedenkreuz at 295km/h (183 mph) and Fuchsrohre at 270km/h (168 mph), and I know all the accidents which have been on these places in the last 20 years. If you come to Fuchsrohre at 270, I always think one of the test drivers from Bridgestone; he broke the wheel rim.” Rohrl added that the lack of downforce on a production car compared to a race car makes high-speed attacks more difficult and, for that matter, dangerous. His concerns aren’t unfounded as a number of crashes have taken place in the two specific sections of the track he alluded. One of the more prominent crashes occurred as recently as last year when a Koenigsegg One:1 crashed at the Fuchsrohre section of the track when one of its ABS sensors failed. Rohrl’s hesitancy to drive the 911 GT2 RS around the track came to a head when he declined the offer to set the sports car’s fast lap around the track. Instead, fellow development driver Lars Kern got behind the wheel of the 911 GT2 RS and set the lap record for a production car with a lap time of 6:47.23. It’s unclear if Rohrl could’ve posted a quicker lap than Kern with the newest 911, but with more and more cars breaking the seven-minute lap time barrier, the concerns raised by the two-time World Rally champion may have some merit to them.

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Porsche 911 GT2 Tests Top Speed On The Autobahn: Video

Porsche 911 GT2 Tests Top Speed On The Autobahn: Video

Would you believe 221 mph?

We love videos like this. They just feel right – Stuttgart’s performance superstar going flat-out on an unrestricted stretch of the autobahn? Yes, please! Assuming the starring role is a 991-era GT2 RS, which was introduced just a few months back rocking an incredible 700 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque thanks to a twin-turbo, 3.8-liter, flat-six powerplant hanging out back. Properly applied, Porsche says it’s enough motivation to push the German powerhouse to 211 mph. That’s blisteringly quick but, as evidenced by the above-featured 3-minute, 22-second video, the 911 GT2 RS might go much, much faster.

After some nice establishing shots showing a selection of 911s out on the track, plus a silver GT2 RS filling its tank at a gas station, the video moves to an angle of the gauge pod, where we watch the machine accelerate from a standstill. The driver engages launch control and takes off like a scalded cat, very quickly passing the ploddingly slow speed limits we must endure here in the U.S. The driver stays in it, maxing out the revs in every gear before eventually topping out at an incredible 356 kph (221.2 mph) as indicated by the onboard speedometer. Apparently, a separate GPS device recorded 342 kph (212.5 mph), which is still pretty damn quick, if you ask us. Either way, it’s impressive to watch as this track-bred piece of precision engineering is taken to the limit. There are even some ending glory shots of the GT2 RS paying its respects at Porsche headquarters.

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The 911 GT2 RS Lapped the Nurburgring How Fast?

The 911 GT2 RS Lapped the Nurburgring How Fast?

It’s the fastest Porsche ever on the German track and could be a new world record!

I knew that the new Porsche 911 GT2 RS was amazing fast, but boy, I certainly didn’t see this coming. The German manufacturer just posted the car’s official lap on the Nurburgring Nordschleife, and it turns out that the 911 GT2 RS almost set a new world record at six minutes and 47 seconds. Porsche actually claims it is a new world record, but this depends on whether we take the NextEV Nio EP9’s lap of 6:45.90 minute into account. Either way, the 911 GT2 RS is the quickest Porsche ever and the fastest gasoline-powered vehicle on the "Green Hell."

Less than two seconds slower than NextEV’s all-electric sports car, the 911 GT2 RS completed the Nordschleife almost a second quicker than the Radical SR8LM, which held the record for a whopping seven years. More impressively, it lapped the German course almost five seconds quicker than the Lamborghini Huracan Performante and almost 10 clicks faster than the Porsche 918 Spyder! This amazing benchmark took even Porsche by surprise, with the company’s vice president of motorsport and GT cars claiming the Germans set a target of "less than seven minutes and five seconds." Beating it by almost 18 seconds is quite the achievement.

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Is There A New King Of The 'Ring?

Is There A New King Of The ’Ring?

Rumor has it that a certain Porsche went under seven minutes at the Nürburgring

When you’re a car that holds the distinction of being the most powerful Porsche 911 ever built, there is an inherent pressure that comes with trying to live up to the claim. The new 911 GT2 RS knows this all too well because it is the most powerful 911 ever created. It has 690 horsepower on tap. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds. And it has a top speed that can break 200 mph. All these numbers are rightfully impressive, but how do they help justify the GT2 RS’ billing? Bring it to the Nürburgring.

A fresh report from Bridge to Gantry confirmed the 911 GT2 RS did put in a few laps around the track recently. More importantly, though, the same source is reporting that the most powerful 911 actually did more than just go a few laps around the famous race track; it actually posted a sub-seven-minute lap time around the Nordschleife. Granted, there’s no confirmation from Porsche or any other source that the 911 GT2 RS actually did this, but Bridge to Gantry believes that the sports car accomplished this, even going so far as to show two separate photos of the car on the same turn (Turn 13) with less than seven minutes between them, as shown by timestamps on both photos. So did the Porsche 911 GT2 RS really blitz the Nordschleife in scintillating fashion, or is there more to these claims than meets the eye? The evidence does look circumstantial at best, but still, I wouldn’t put it past the 911 GT2 RS to do it. After all, it is the same model that hit 209 mph at the ‘Ring last July.

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2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS

2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS

The ultimate Porsche 911!

The Porsche 911 has stood as the ultimate sports car for more than 50 years, but the latest 991 body style is proof that Porsche still has plenty of tricks up its sleeve. With the debut of the refreshed 991.2 in late 2015, the automotive world is now finally witnessing the return of the extreme 911 GT2 RS. As is typical for any factory-built, race-ready sports car, the previous Porsche 911 GT2 RS made strong impressions when it splashed down in 2011, and as evidenced by the current 991 lineup, it’s definitely one of the best 911’s ever created. That winning streak now continues with the latest GT2 RS, which was just unveiled this year at E3. Slated for sale for the 2018 model year, the new Stuttgart track star comes equipped with a whopping 700 horsepower, complemented by beefy new aero, a competition-ready chassis, and rear axle steering.

Treading the line between track machine and street prowler, the new GT2 RS is a surefire winner amongst 911 enthusiasts. It does everything you’d expect, minus the frills and distractions. Not only is it capable of obliterating lap times, but the fact you can drive it to and from the track makes it more than just a toy. Read on for specs on this Teutonic terror.

Updated 09/19/2017: We added a series of new images taken during the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show where the 911 GT2 RS made a very impressive appearance.

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Porsche Wants Us To Believe That Walter Rohl And Mark Webber Were Left Speechless After Driving The Porsche 911 GT2 RS: Video

Porsche Wants Us To Believe That Walter Rohl And Mark Webber Were Left Speechless After Driving The Porsche 911 GT2 RS: Video

Would’ve been a better idea if they got somebody with no ties to Porsche to drive the sports car

Racing legend and Porsche senior race driver Walter Rohl has seen his fair share of iconic Porsche models over the years. Suffice to say, he’s not so easily impressed anymore. Same goes for former Formula One and Porsche racer Mark Webber. Together, the two combine for almost 50 years worth of racing experience, so for them to be left speechless and catching their breath at the same time must involve something completely epic and downright mental. Is it too early treat the Porsche 911 GT2 RS in those terms because both Rohl and Webber were left at a loss after taking the 911 GT2 RS out for a drive?

The reactions of both Rohl and Webber were captured in a promotional video for the 911 GT2 RS, so there is the possibility that they could have been instructed to react the way they did in front of the cameras. But it’s not like the 911 GT2 RS is a slouch to begin with. The reactions of the two racing icons could have been legitimate, especially because the 911 GT2 RS has been everything that Porsche has hyped it up to be. It’s not just about the car packing 700 horsepower and earning the title of being the fastest and most powerful production 911 in history. It’s not even about the sports car’s ability to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 211 mph. It’s about the intensity and emotion of driving a car that’s shaping up to become one of the most iconic Porsche models of all time. The looks on the faces of Rohl and Webber say it all.

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Mark Webber Calls Porsche 911 GT2 RS “King Kong”: Video

Mark Webber Calls Porsche 911 GT2 RS “King Kong”: Video

The former F1 driver also talks about life beyond the cockpit

Mark Webber is certainly no stranger to fast machinery. The 40-year-old Australian boasts a long, illustrious career in motorsport, piloting top-tier rides in a variety of series and classes, including the Porsche 919 Hybrid in the World Endurance Championship and several bids at Le Mans, not to mention 42 podium finishes in Formula 1. With a record like that, mere mortals like you and I should take note when a car impresses Webber with its performance. The latest Porsche 911 GT2 RS is one such vehicle, bringing enough heat to hit 208 mph at the Nurburgring and earning some high praise from the championship-winning driver.

That’s the headline from this brief video from our friends over at Driving.ca. The rest of the 2-minute, 22-second clip includes Webber’s thoughts on life after racing, and what he’s doing to keep busy. “The adrenaline, the emotion, the team spirit, all that stuff, which of course, you love and miss to a degree, but I don’t miss the risk taking.” Although Webber is no longer in the cockpit, he’s sticking with Porsche and assisting with the brand’s street car development and racing efforts in other ways. Webber also offers his thoughts on the state of F1, saying “drivers still have to be the heroes, it’s about them, but they need to be rewarded. We can’t make the sport too safe and sterile. Its gotta be gladiatorial, there has to be an element of something that people just can’t do.”

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Pops' Rants: Scam Friday

Pops’ Rants: Scam Friday

You’re welcome!

And how are you folks doing? I assume "just dandy" is the answer. It’s Friday; the weekend is just around the corner, all is good. Well, no! Everything’s not so good. Not when big carmakers are unveiling cool cars that are already sold out. Sounds familiar? Yup, I’m ranting about the new Porsche 911 GT2 RS again. How can I not? How in the hell do you launch a 1,000-example limited edition that’s already sold out by the time you unveil the car to the public?

I totally get that these exotic cars are very popular with collectors and some are willing to pay ludicrous amounts of hard-earned to get their hands on one, but what’s the point of launching an online configurator if you can’t get a car to a potential customer? It’s like giving us a configurator for the Porsche 959. You can’t buy this car anymore, but hey, here’s a nice configurator to play with the options. This is all you get for not buying one in the 1980s. Okay, so maybe having a configurator with Porsche more classic cars would be nice, but you get the point.

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Porsche 911 GT2 RS - From 444 to 700 Horsepower

Porsche 911 GT2 RS - From 444 to 700 Horsepower

A history of GT2 drivetrains

Porsche has been offering high-performance versions of the 911 since the early 1970s, with the most iconic model being the Carrera 2.7 RS. But once the Germans adopted turbocharging, the traditional RS stepped down, making room for a new range-topping sports car, the 911 GT2. First introduced in 1993, the GT2 is now in its fourth generation, which is based on the 991.2 model. It’s faster, more powerful, and more aerodynamic than its predecessor, while also boasting more technology than ever. Thenew GT2 RS is a massive departure from the first GT2 from more than two decades ago under the skin, and we’re going to look at those changes in a drivetrain comparison for all four generations.

The GT2 was born out of the 993-generation 911 as a homologation vehicle for motorsport purpose. Built to meet GT2 class regulations, the road cars were named accordingly and the nameplate survived to this day. The first GT2 was discontinued in 1998, but Porsche revived the badge in 2002 for the 996 model. After three years, it was again discontinued, only to return as the 997 GT2 in 2008. The 997 was also the first GT2 to get an RS designation, which was offered in very limited numbers from 2010 to 2012. Come 2017 and the GT2 returns to the market as an RS model only. Since 1993, the drivetrain not only swapped air-cooled for water-cooled engines, but also gained more displacement a lot more power. Let’s find out more about that below.

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Exclusive Porsche Design 911 GT2 RS Chronograph Is A Nice Add-On To The Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Exclusive Porsche Design 911 GT2 RS Chronograph Is A Nice Add-On To The Porsche 911 GT2 RS

The watch comes at an extra cost of $11,000 on top of the $300,000 sports car

The new Porsche 911 GT2 RS has been tipped as the fastest and most powerful production 911 in history. It’s also the most expensive one with a starting price tag of $294,250. The good news is that those 1,000 customers who managed to reserve a slot for the 911 GT2 RS will also get the opportunity to score some fancy accessories along the way for their trouble. One of these accessories is the Porsche Design 911 GT2 RS Chronograph, the first-ever watch from Porsche Design whose clock movement was developed in-house.

As with most premium watches, the 911 GT2 RS Chronograph strikes quite an impression. Design elements from the actual 911 GT2 RS were used to highlight the unique look of the watch, from the tungsten winding rotor that was inspired by the wheel patterns of the sports car to the carbon fiber clock face and the display the takes from the design of the tachometer. Functionally, the chronograph features a brand new Caliber Werk 01.200 movement by Porsche Design that includes a flyback function and a load-path-optimized movement bridge. Oh, and it also comes with a titanium case just in case the level of premium exclusivity isn’t evident enough. The Porsche Design 911 GT2 RS Chronograph is a nice ancillary add-on to a car that packs 700 horsepower and is limited to just 1,000 units, each priced at $11,000.

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Porsche 911 GT2 RS – New Vs Old

Porsche 911 GT2 RS – New Vs Old

Is the new GT2 RS that much better?

The GT2 has been the range-topping model of the 911 range for nearly 25 years now, having been introduced in 1993. However, Porsche’s hardcore sports car hasn’t been around for every model year, with each generation discontinued after a short while on the market. So while the GT2 nameplate turns 24 in 2017, it was actually in production for some 12 years before the fourth-generation model arrived. Not only that, but it was also built in limited numbers that sold out extremely quickly, especially in recent years. All told, it’s not surprising that the latest GT2 RS was so anticipated and that its unveiling at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed created so much fuss.

But is the new 911 GT2 a significant improvement over its predecessor? Given that it’s based on the latest-generation 911, it’s safe to assume that the answer is yes, but is it notably different or are wee looking at a revised design with a more powerful engine? We will find out just that in the comparison below, where the 997- and 991-generation GT2 are going head to head for the ultimate 911 face-off.

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Configure the Porsche 911 GT2 RS you can't afford

Configure the Porsche 911 GT2 RS you can’t afford

You can’t buy it anyway, because it’s sold out!

Expected to make a comeback after five years, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS returned to the market at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed. It took an unofficial unveiling at a tech show and numerous reports about its performance, but it’s finally here. And as it usually happens, the official launch came with a new online configurator. Sure, I could argue that the limited-edition GT2 RS is already sold out and the configurator is pretty much useless now, but we can at least have some fun with it.

Options are very similar to the 911 GT3, meaning you can customize a lot of features, both inside and out. You can also add performance-enhancing parts, as well as opt for Porsche’s already iconic Delivery Experience program, which delivers the car to Atlanta in the U.S. and Zuffenhausen or Leipzig in Germany. So whether you’ve already ordered your GT2 RS or you just want to build the dream car you can’t afford, let’s have a closer look at the features.

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The Porsche 911 GT2 RS Wants To Break The Seven-Minute Mark Around The Nürburgring

The Porsche 911 GT2 RS Wants To Break The Seven-Minute Mark Around The Nürburgring

How would it stack up against other Porsche models and their times around the ’Ring?

Whether or not you believe in the significance of the Nürburgring lap time record, what’s important is that automakers thing highly enough of it that they’re willing to make chest-puffing claims about their car’s ability to tackle the 12.2-mile race track. Porsche is no different and it has proven as much by being one of the most prominent brands to uphold the sanctity of the Nürburgring production lap time record. It once held that title with the Porsche 918 Spyder’s blistering lap time of 6:57, but now it’s calling its own shot by claiming that the new 911 GT2 RS will be able to join the hypercar as the only two Porsche models in history to post a sub-seven-minute lap time.

Frank-Steffen Walliser, the man behind Porsche’s GT program, dropped some hints of the new sports car’s performance abilities, telling Motoring that the new 911 GT2 RS is “no seven at the Nürburgring,” before adding that fans will have to “wait and see” and give the company “some time” to “check it.” It’s not exactly the most convincing way to call your own shot, but Walliser did say that the company will use the same exact specification of the engine and tires as the production car. No gimmicks here, apparently. There’s no timetable set for when Porsche plans to do the 911 GT2 RS’ Nürburgring run, but rest assured, all eyes will be on Stuttgart’s most powerful production 911 when it does set off for that lap.

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Your Must-Have Porsche 911 GT2 RS Wallpapers

Your Must-Have Porsche 911 GT2 RS Wallpapers

Because it’s the meanest road-going 911 to roll off the line

We’ve all been craving a new 911 GT2 since the 991.2 generation kicked off a couple of years ago. It took a while, and two debuts (if you count the E3 debut) to finally get here, but here we are, and we couldn’t be happier. Just look at it. Race-bred, road-going, German goodness at its best. The best aerodynamics in the game, with looks that would give any self-respecting car enthusiast a sizeable stiffy. And, if the looks alone aren’t enough for you, there’s that Turbo S-derived 3.8-liter flat-six that’s good for an astounding 700 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 553 pound-feet of pavement chewing, Nurburgring-terrorizing torque. It’ll put you in your seat hard on takeoff and get your ass up to 60 mph in a matter of just 2.7 seconds while aiming for a top speed that is officially rated at 211 mph. For the record, that’s 0.8-seconds faster to 60 and 6 mph faster overall when compared to its predecessor. Time to trade in, folks!

In Honor of the finest 911 to roll out of Germany this year, or any year for that matter, we’ve decided to lump together the best wallpapers we have so far – just so we can all celebrate the greatness that is the Porsche 911 GT2 RS. And, that’s the best we can do, considering the word is that all 1,000 units have been sold. And, since Porsche is vetting its purchasers, there probably won’t be one on the used market for a while either. So, the next best thing is a sexy shot of it greeting you on your desktop every morning. You like the front end? We got you! You like the booty? We’ve got some of that too. Keep on reading to get your satisfying dose of 911 wallpaper goodness.

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Someone Ruined Porsche's Big Day by Leaking Official Images of the 911 GT2 RS

Someone Ruined Porsche’s Big Day by Leaking Official Images of the 911 GT2 RS

It’s not like we haven’t seen it E3 already. Oh wait... yes we did.

Porsche has been pretty tight-lipped about its new 911 GT2 RS. Sure; we all saw it at the 2017 Xbox E3 event just a few weeks ago, but once everything was said and done, Porsche tried to pretend that it didn’t exist. This became more than evident when various publications tried to reach out for comment regarding rumors that all 1,000 examples had already been spoken for. With that in mind, the GT2 RS is set to make its “official debut” this weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Before that could happen, however, someone decided to leak some official images, like the ones shown above, on Rennlist early this morning.

Now, it’s pretty clear that nothing has changed since we saw the new GT2 RS at E3, but this time around we get a look at the rear (the only rear shot we had before was from Forza 7 pre-alpha gameplay) and finally get to see what’s going on inside – at least to an extent, anyway. The most notable thing about the interior is the perfect split of red and black coloring. The headlights, A-pillars, B-pillars, central arm rest, seat centers, and steering wheel are all wrapped in red Alcantara, while the dash looks to get a healthy dose of black Alcantara mixed in with some leather and red contrast stitching. There are also red accents on the door trim panels and the gear shifter, while carbon fiber trim adorns the seat chassis, seat side bumpers, and the face trim of the dash. Finally, there is red embroidery on the front of the headrests and a pretty gnarly looking roll cage behind the front seats. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself. But, let’s talk more about what else we can expect.

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Porsche 911 GT2 RS is at Goodwood and Ready to Make its Debut

Porsche 911 GT2 RS is at Goodwood and Ready to Make its Debut

Maybe Porsche will acknowledge it, since the one at E3 was just a figment of our imagination

Ever since Porsche discontinued the 911 GT2 RS back in 2012, we’ve been waiting for a replacement. Then, all of the sudden, Porsche blew our minds by unveiling the car at this year’s Xbox E3 event as part of the Forza 7 presentation. It wasn’t the first time Porsche has done such a thing – if you remember back, the Cayman GT4 was also unveiled with Real Racing 3. But, despite the car being on the stage and being showcased within in-game footage of Forza 7 (it was even rocking a Forza plate on the front fascia,) Porsche decided to act like the car didn’t exist. This held true even after rumors began to circulate that the car was already sold out, but now we know why – Porsche was trying to save some hype for a full debut that takes place this Saturday at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

As of now, we know almost nothing about the 911 GT2 RS, outside of what it looks like and a few rumors that have been circulating in regard to its performance. It obviously takes cues from the 911.2-gen update as well as some styling from the GT3 RS. Arguably the best 911 ever built, the GT2 RS is currently sitting at Porsche’s stand with a cover draped over as shown in an Instagram post by race car driver, Leg Keen. Of course, we already have a damn good idea of what the car looks like, but considering Porsche is being so tight-lipped about it, and pretending it didn’t really exist, there could be something fresh lurking under that cover we haven’t seen yet. In light of its upcoming debut, let’s talk a little more about what we can expect.

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Pops' Rants: Hybrids Are Dying, Porsche Is Playing Dumb

Pops’ Rants: Hybrids Are Dying, Porsche Is Playing Dumb

You can never have enough ice

You know I hate summer right? Well, you might as well hear it again. It’s way too hot and it makes me too lazy to go to the fridge to make more ice. And I’m really cranky when I run out of ice for my whiskey. But, there is one thing I do like about summer: the racing! Oh man, June is simply packed with good quality racing. There’s the 24 Hours of Le Mans, there’sPikes Peak, and there’s plenty of action at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Yeah I know, Goodwood isn’t a sanctioned racing event, but you get to see a bunch of cool cars going up the hill. Old cars, the kind that Pops likes. Unfortunately, this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans was a bit of a disappointment.

And, before all you Porsche fans start yelling that it was awesome because they won again, I’d like to point out that they were extremely lucky and the racing sucks. And yes, I had my money on Toyota this year. Because I like the Camry (yes, it’s irrelevant blah blah) and I think they deserve the title after so many unlucky stints at Le Mans. But, it wasn’t to be. Their cars crapped out and the 919 Hybrids had fun doing donuts around the LMP2 cars. Because Audi is no longer racing in the prototype class and hybrid race cars suck. Yes, I said it, they suck!

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Just Like That, The Porsche 911 GT2 RS Is Sold Out

Just Like That, The Porsche 911 GT2 RS Is Sold Out

Only 1,000 models are being made and all are already accounted for

Just as quickly as people got excited about the Porsche 911 GT2 RS comes the collective groans from a lot of these people who missed out on the new range-topping 911. It didn’t take too long for it to happen, but now it’s official: the new 911 GT2 RS is sold out. All 1,000 of them.

Word of the sports car’s availability, or lack thereof, was first reported by Auto Bild. According to the German news outlet, the limited-run 911 GT2 RS already has owners for each of the 1,000 units Porsche plans to build. It’s not a surprising development to say the least, but the quick-strike nature of how it sold out is a little curious considering that the GT2 RS made quite the unexpected debut during the Forza Motorsport 7 event last week. Either Porsche had already taken orders for the car before launching it or customers started tripping over themselves in order to confirm their orders. Whatever the case may be, it looks like those who missed out on the car will have to settle for the re-sell market if they want to get their hands on the 911 GT2 RS. Considering that the car is priced at about €260,000, or roughly $290,000 based on current exchange rates, don’t be surprised if an opportunistic owner tries to shoot up the car’s price once he takes delivery of it later this year.

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Porsche 911 GT2 RS Debuts At XBox E3

Porsche 911 GT2 RS Debuts At XBox E3

The first vehicle ever to debut at E3!

Discontinued back in 2012, the 911 GT2 RS is arguably the most anticipated Porsche for the 2018 model year and there’s been a lot of talk about which major auto show will host its global debut. But the ultimate Porsche 911 took us by surprise, as the German automaker decided to unveil the supercar at the 2017 Xbox E3. Yes, the 911 GT2 RS just made its first public appearance at an event about games and tech. It’s not the first time Porsche did something similar – the Cayman GT4 was unveiled in Real Racing 3 – but this time around we’re talking about the actual car, which rolled onto the stage.

I know the video is quite long, so just go to the 46-minute mark to see the introduction and the car.

As of this writing, Porsche has yet to release a statement, so the specs of the new 911 GT2 RS ar still a mystery, but the photos confirm that the new coupe was developed around the same recipe as the previous model. We can see loads of aerodynamic features, a massive rear wing, and turbo vents in the rear fenders. Word has it motivation will come from a redesigned twin-turbo, 3.6-liter flat-six with output close to 700 horsepower. Make sure you follow our review for updates.

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2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS

2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS

The quickest and most powerful 911 yet!

Porsche introduced the 911 GT2 in 1992, on the 993-generation sports car. It was initially built to meet homologation requirements for motorsport and it featured wider fenders and a larger rear wing compared to the standard model. Unlike the RS and the GT3, the GT2 used a turbocharged engine. Discontinued in 1998, the GT2 returned on the 996 generation between 2002 and 2005, and was resurrected once again on the 997-gen 911 in 2008. In 2010, two years before the GT2 was again retired, Porsche launched the 911 GT2 RS. Much like the GT3 RS, the GT2 RS weighed less and had a more powerful engine than the non RS version.

Development of the GT2 RS began in 2007, one year before the 997 GT2 was unveiled, as a skunk-works effort. It was dubbed "project 727," a number based on the Nissan GT-R’s 7:26.7-minute lap time around the Nurburgring Nordschleife. In 2010, the GT2 RS beat the GT-R’s time by an impressive nine seconds, stopping the clock at 7:18. Although Nissan improved the GT-R’s time in 2011 and 2013, it didn’t manage to overtake the GT2 RS until 2015, when the Nismo-prepped version lapped the German track in 7:08.

When it was launched at the 2010 Moscow Auto Show, the GT2 RS marked the absolute climax of the 911 range, becoming the fastest, lightest, and most powerful road-going Porsche to have ever been created. Production was limited to only 500 units, which gave the GT2 RS collectible status as soon as it hit the streets.

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1995 Porsche 911 GT2 EVO

1995 Porsche 911 GT2 EVO

The race-spec version of Porsche’s first-ever GT2

Also known as the 993, the third-generation Porsche 911 arrived in 1993 as a replacement for the 964 version. The 993 was quite different from its predecessor, with only 20 percent of its parts carried over from the previous model. Also, the naturally aspirated 3.8-liter and the turbo 3.6-liter flat-six engines were completely new. Built until 1998, the 993 was not just the last air-cooled 911, but also the last of the hand-built 911s. Besides the usual Carrera and Turbo models, the 993-gen 911 also spawned RS, Speedster, Targa, and GT2 versions.

Although the Speedster is the rarest variant of the 993 based on production figures alone — only two were built by the factory — the GT2 is arguably the model that stirs the most interest, especially now that almost two decades have passed since the third-gen 911 was discontinued.

Essentially a racing version of the Turbo model, the 911 GT2 was developed for the new FIA regulations that did not allow all-wheel-drive vehicles. Porsche deleted the front drivetrain, enhanced the aerodynamics, and came up with a lighter package thanks to various lightweight components that were used to replace the standard ones. To qualify the GT2 for racing, a limited number of street versions were created for homologation purposes. This is how the road-legal GT2 was born, and is now a model that is highly prized and valued by Porsche collectors.

But, Porsche didn’t stop there, and eventually developed the GT2 into a more menacing racer. Dubbed the GT2 EVO and assembled in just 11 units, it was crafted for the top-level GT1 series. Keep reading to find out what makes the GT2 EVO one of the most valuable Porsche ever built.

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Forza Horizon 2 Gets New Porsche Bonus Pack

Forza Horizon 2 Gets New Porsche Bonus Pack

It’s been only a month since Forza Horizon 2 added the Porsche Expansion Pack, which features 10 of Stuttgart’s best cars, including the 2003 Porsche Carrera GT, 1986-1989 Porsche 959, 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0, and the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder, and the racing game franchise is now offering two more vehicles from the German carmaker. For free!

It’s called the Porsche Bonus Pack, and it features two turbocharged models from completely different segments. One is the 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS, the 611-horsepower beast that was Porsche’s most powerful production car at the time of its launch, while the other one is the 2015 Porsche Cayenne Turbo, one of the world’s quickest SUVs, with a 0-to-60 mph sprint of just over four seconds.

How do you get these awesome cars? All you have to do is look for the “Two Free Porsches!” story on the front page of the Forza Hub app, click that story to open it up and then click the button that will take you to the Porsche offer. From there, you’ll go to the Xbox Store where you can grab your pair of free Porsches. Make sure you hurry though, as the Porsche Bonus Pack is only available until Friday, July 24th.

Getting this free bundle will also unlock three achievements from the Porsche Expansion Pack: Porsche Owners Club, Horse Power, and This Is My Porsche.

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Porsche's Plans Don't Include New 911 GT2, Nor a GT SUV

Porsche’s Plans Don’t Include New 911 GT2, Nor a GT SUV

With the last 911 GT2 having been introduced in 2010 — in RS trim and based on the previous 997 generation of the 911 — it seems that Porsche doesn’t plan on reviving the model anytime soon. At least this is what Wolfgang Hatz, Porsche’s R&D chief, seemed to suggest at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. The main reason for a lack of a 991 GT2 would be that the new 911 GT3 RS is in a similar ballpark, performance-wise.

As far as rumors of expanding the GT name across other models, Car and Driver recently talked to Andreas Preuninger, who is in charge of the GT division, at the Cayman GT4 international press launch. Preuninger sounded firm when saying that we may never see a Cayenne or Panamera GT version. "I cannot imagine it," he said. "We have so many ideas for projects and lots of ideas to make even more GT sports cars. I think a GT car should have motorsport siblings. And as long as we don’t do any motorsport activity with the Cayenne I can’t see any credible reason why it should be made into a GT car. Look at the Cayenne GTS - that’s GT enough."

With the Cayman GT4, 911 GT3 and 911 GT3 RS keeping the GT division’s standards as high as they come, it will be interesting to see what new models Preuninger is referring to. My guess would be an ultra-light Boxster Spyder.

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1995 - 1998 Porsche 911 GT2 (993)

1995 - 1998 Porsche 911 GT2 (993)

Porsche is known for many things, but one of its most important achievements is that it has become the most successful brand in motorsport, scoring more than 28,000 victories as of 2015. As a brand, Porsche began tackling the major motorsport events in the early 1950s, but it wasn’t until the 1970s and 1980s that the Stuttgart-based company became a dominant force. From the 911 Carrera Turbo of 1974 to the 911-based 934 and 935, Porsche demolished everything in its path in Group 4, Group 5 and IMSA racing through the mid-1980s.

As soon as the 964-generation 911 arrived in 1989, the Germans began experimenting with turbocharged racing versions of it, creating the Turbo S LM-GT. The car was raced with moderate success at Sebring and Daytona, but the development work behind it was far more important than its results, as it helped Porsche create the amazing 911 GT2. But to take it to the track, Stuttgart had to meet the FIA’s stringent requirements and build a road-legal homologation run. Thus the 993-generation 911 GT2 was born.

Introduced in 1995, two years after the 993 911 had been launched, the sports car was based on the 911 Turbo and built to GT2 class regulations, with Porsche naming it accordingly. Read on for a full trip down memory lane with the first incarnation of Porsche’s iconic track beast.

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2014 Porsche 997 GT2 by OK-Chiptuning

2014 Porsche 997 GT2 by OK-Chiptuning

We are all waiting for the new-generation Porsche 911 GT2 to arrive, but until the day comes, German tuner OK-Chiptuning took another look at the "old" GT2. A base 911 GT2 delivered 530 horsepower — 90 horsepower less than the more powerful GT2 RS, which unfortunately was limited to only 500 units.

This is where OK-Chiptuning comes in to help you out, as it takes a standard GT2 and increase its power to beyond the level of a 911 GT2 RS. This tuning kit includes a new Akrapovic racing exhaust system with manifolds and sport catalysts, a high-quality racing clutch from Sachs and modified GT2 RS intercoolers.

With these updates in place, the GT2 equipped with the Clubsport package delivers a total of 680 horsepower — 60 horsepower more than a GT2 RS — and 649 pound-feet of torque. With the extra power, the 911 GT2 from OK-Chiptuning goes from 100 km/h to 200 km/h (62 mph to 124 mph) in just 5.1 seconds, from 0 to 124 mph in 8.4 seconds and to 186 mph in about 21.3 seconds. For comparison’s sake, the GT2 RS does the latter two sprints in 9.4 and 24.7 seconds.

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2015 Porsche 911 GT2

2015 Porsche 911 GT2

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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Next Porsche 911 GT2 to go Beyond 200 mph

Next Porsche 911 GT2 to go Beyond 200 mph

Now that Porsche has officially unveiled the new-generation 911 Turbo, it’s time to start wondering what the next GT2 version will bring to the lineup. According to British magazine AutoCar, things are going to be more than surprising.

The GT2 will borrow technology from the Turbo S, including the twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter flat-six engine that delivers a total of 552 horsepower. The engine will mate to a dual-clutch automatic gearbox and will sprint the sports car from 0 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds. Additionally, the upcoming GT2’s top speed is expected to go beyond 200 mph. Things will be even more impressive for the GT2 RS version, which is rumored to deliver around 620 horsepower.

Also, when compared to the current Turbo S, the future GT2 version will ditch the four-wheel drive system in favor of a rear-wheel drive one.

The new 911 GT2 is set to arrive at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show with the RS version rumored to debut sometime in 2015.

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1998 Porsche MC600 by Mcchip-dkr

1998 Porsche MC600 by Mcchip-dkr

While everyone is enjoying the latest-generation Porsche 991 GT2, the guys over Mcchip-dkr have developed a sweet tuning kit based on the 993 generation. The package wants to prove that even older models can get a little performance love too, including modern software tuning.

Mcchip-dkr began things by swapping out the car’s engine with a new 3.6-liter bi-turbo unit with a new engine block and rebuilt K26 turbochargers. A limited-slip differential from DREXLER company was added in to help deliver the power to the rear wheel efficiently. The tuner also installed a new exhaust system with sport catalysts. As a result, the 993 GT2 delivers a total of 604 horsepower and of 624 pound-feet of torque.

The GT2 has also been equipped with a new set of wheels measuring 10-by-18 inches on the front and 13-by-18 inches on the rear. The wheels are combined with a new KW racing suspension Competition Variant 3 to help keep this aging 911 glued to the tarmac.

For the interior, Mcchip—dkr installed a safety cage and new bucket seats by Recaro. The car doors and interior panels are fabricated from carbon fiber, and the display system is equipped with a data recording and video system.

This car does not come cheap, however, and if you were impressed by it you will have to pay a total of €200,000 (about $265,500 at the current exchange rates).

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2012 Porsche 911 GT2 RS "The Hulk" by Sportec

2012 Porsche 911 GT2 RS "The Hulk" by Sportec

Ask any three-year-old kid who The Hulk is and he will tell you he is a green superhero whose physical strength depends on his anger. For Sportec, however, things are a little bit different, as "The Hulk" is a monstrous Porsche GT2 RS that can hit a top speed of 187 mph.

Sportec’s Hulk has been specially designed for delivering amazing performance on the race track, so next to making it very powerful, the tuner also focused on lowering the weight by as much as possible. To achieve the lowest possible weight, all of the comfort features have been dropped — air conditioning was the only one left untouched — and the interior received two Recaro bucket seats.

Most attention, however, was been paid to the engine. Under the hood, Sportec installed special camshafts, a larger intercooler, reinforced titanium connecting rods, a sports air filter and a reinforced clutch. All these updates, along with a new exhaust system with upgraded manifolds, sport catalysts and titanium Akrapovic muffler, have increased the engine’s output to a total of 720 horsepower and a peak torque of 626 pound-feet. As a result, the car will sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.8 seconds, from 0 to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 8.2 seconds and up to a top speed of 187 mph.

The Hulk also received a new traction control system that does not brake through the drive system, but rather by using the reduction of engine power by limiting the fuel coming from the fuel injectors. There is also a new set of wheels combined with fully adjustable Bilstein suspension and a modified brake system with 380 mm (14.96 inch) discs.

Customers interested will have to pay a total of €22,000 ($29,000) for the engine upgrades, which deliver up to 655 horsepower. €6,500 ($8,500) will get you the exhaust system and unleash the rest of the ponies.

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Video: Porsche 911 GT2 RS vs Ducati 1199 Panigale

Video: Porsche 911 GT2 RS vs Ducati 1199 Panigale

Chris Harris has shot another incredible video: he put aPorsche 911 GT2 RS and a Ducati 1199 Panigale in a drag race. A similar video was shot during the summer and the Porsche was actually destroyed. This second video was made to provide the Porsche with an opportunity to exact its revenge.

They went to a 2 mile runway to see what happens when you let a GT2 RS stretch beyond 150 mph, but the question is, what happened? Check out the video for the answer!

The Porsche 911 GT2 RS delivers an impressive 620 HP and sprints from 0 to 62 mph in 3.5 seconds. The Ducati 1199 Paningale, on the other hand, delivers a total of 195 HP, leaving the RS with a huge advantage. Will it help?

No bikers or drivers were hurt in the making of this film.

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Porsche Cayenne and GT2 with Amanda Beatz by Nino Batista

Porsche Cayenne and GT2 with Amanda Beatz by Nino Batista

Again, Nino Batista made a photoshoot. Again, it features a hot supercar with a hot woman. Again, it’s awesome.

Really, what’s new?

This time around, the subjects are a Ferrari 599, a Porsche Cayenne, a TechArt Porsche GT2 - both modified by Autodynamica Performance - and a scantily-clad woman named Amanda Beatz.

We don’t want to beat up on an old horse and say Nino Batista’s skills behind a camera lens are top notch, but when you’re speaking the truth, there aren’t enough times to emphasize that.

These exotic vehicles speak for themselves, but this Amanda Beatz babe really is something else. No need to hide behind that towel, sweetheart. Matter of fact, it’s probably better if you just throw it away. We like your body...actually, we love your body so much we wish we could just stare at it for hours on end.

Which is something we’ll probably do over the next few days.

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2012 Porsche 911 GT2 RS by Wimmer Rennsporttechnik

2012 Porsche 911 GT2 RS by Wimmer Rennsporttechnik

With only 500 units built and a total of 620 HP under the hood, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS is a car that many auto enthusiasts dream about. This is evident in the fact that, although it is priced at €237,578 (about $310,000 at the current exchange rates), the GT2 RS sold out almost instantly. Lucky for us, Wimmer Racing Technology grabbed on to one of the units and then updated it "a little bit."

Since the 911 GT2 RS is such an impressive car, Wimmer opted to leave the exterior as is and focused on the engine instead. Two optimized Wimmer turbochargers were added, as was an optimization of the air induction, sports camshafts and crankshaft, timing chains, machined cylinder heads, pistons and connecting rods, a fuel pump unit, two manifolds with bypass, and two 200 cell sport catalysts. As a result, the six-cylinder boxer engine now delivers an amazing 1,020 HP and 817 lb-ft of torque. With the extra 400 HP, the GT2 RS will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds, to 124 mph in 8.7 seconds, and hit a top speed of 180 mph (however, the top speed indicator shows an amazing 241 mph).

In order to handle the extra power, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS has been equipped with a new set of custom-designed 19" wheels in combination with a 3-way adjustable Competition-suspension from KW.

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Video: Lamborghini Aventador vs. Mercedes SLS AMG vs. Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Video: Lamborghini Aventador vs. Mercedes SLS AMG vs. Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Lamborghini unveiled the new Aventador LP700-4 will the full intent of it being one of the most amazing cars in the world. Possible recalls aside, the company may be right, but British magazine, AutoCar, wasn’t just going to take their word for it. They have put together the 700 HP Aventador with the less powerful 620 HP Porsche 911 GT2 RS and 563 HPMercedes SLS AMG for a little one on two drag race action.

Clearly, the Aventador has both of the other models beat on power alone, but taking into account weight and aerodynamics may be another matter. Then again, the Aventador can achieve the 0-60 mph sprint in just 2.9 seconds,while the Porsche does it in 3.5 seconds and the Mercedes gets there in 3.7 seconds. Looks like the drivers of the other two sports cars will have to be nimble and quick to get the job done.

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Video: A Porsche primer between the 911 GT2 Race Car and the 993 Road Car

Video: A Porsche primer between the 911 GT2 Race Car and the 993 Road Car

Porsche aficionados are a hardcore bunch, especially when it comes to talking about their race cars. That includes the legendary Porsche 911 (993) that was en vogue from 1993 to 1998.

These days, the company has a number of race variants in its line-up, including the 911 GT2 and as always the case when it comes to comps, it was inevitable to see the company put the two cars to task in a nice primer video.

In this video, you’re going to be hearing from Porsche’s chief driving consultant, Gordon Robertson, as he gives us an inside perspective on the two race models, even going so far as demonstrating the differences between two. It’s a worthwhile watch that lasts a little under five minutes so make time for it.

It’s hard not to have your interests piqued, especially when somebody that knows Porsche’s inside and out talks about two cars that are considered pillars of the company’s iconic 911 line.

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Video: Motor Trend dives deep into the science behind the Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Video: Motor Trend dives deep into the science behind the Porsche 911 GT2 RS

There’s a reason why Porsche has high expectations for the Porsche 911 GT2 RS. Being the most powerful production car the company has ever built will do that to you.

In building the GT2 RS, Porsche went through great lengths to offer a car that more than lives up to the enormous hype and standards Porsche has given it. For their part, Motor Trend is determined to run the 911 GT2 RS and dive deep into the science that went in building the German supercar. It’s a fascinating watch, especially for fans of the Stuttgart brand that have drooled long and plenty about the most powerful road-ready Porsche the company has ever built.

Find out how Porsche addressed the ever-present problem of weight distribution on the car, how they tweaked the suspension set-up, and how they were able to produce such outstanding power - 620 ponies worth - from the car’s 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine.

Check out the video and find out for yourselves.

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2011 Porsche 911 GT2 "Colección Goméz" Art Car

2011 Porsche 911 GT2 "Colección Goméz" Art Car

Art cars have become an integral part of the auto industry, and it doesn’t surprise us to find out that more and more models have been treated to some sort of artistic interpretation by artists from all over the world.

Recently, we found out that the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany was holding a special exhibition on a new collection of decorative hoods for the Porsche 911 GT2. The exhibit is called Colección Goméz after Argentinian curator Jorge Goméz, a man whose love for art is only matched by his love for Porsches.

To pay homage to his two passions, Porsche decided to enlist the services of 19 Latin American artists to create 24 dynamic hoods for the 911 GT2, each coming with their own unique designs. Every form of artwork - be it the simple variety or the meticulously designed - offered a different perspective on the artistic style of each of the artists that were involved in the project. Look at those hoods a little closer and you’ll notice that there’s a couple of nude artworks in there, as well as...Astroboy.

Not sure what he has to do with a Porsche, but nonetheless, you can’t deny the peculiarity of seeing a 911 GT2 with Astroboy on its hood.

In any case, the Colección Goméz will run until January 8, 2012 and is available for public consumption from Tuesdays through Sundays between 9 am to 6 pm. If you happen to be in Stuttgart from here until the new year, it’s definitely something that’s worth your time.

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2012 Porsche 911 GTStreet RS by TechArt

2012 Porsche 911 GTStreet RS by TechArt

TechArt stand in Frankfurt has included two of the most incredible cars the tuner has offered lately. There was a new Porsche Cayenne package, but the show has been stollen by the GTStreet RS. Based on the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, the new GTStreet RS is the most powerful car ever developed by TechArt, and it doesn’t look too shabby either.

The 2011 Porsche GTStreet RS is still powered by the GT2 RS’ standard 3.6 liter six-cylinder boxer engine, but its output has been skyrocketed to 720 HP and a peak torque of 663 lb-ft. However, before you can even feel how powerful this car is out on the road, it’s exterior look lets you in on the secret ahead of time.

TechArt has equipped the Porsche GT2 RS with a new muscular body kit that includes a number of carbon fiber parts, as well as a new set of 20-inch Formula Race lightweight forged center lock wheels.

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Top Gear USA: Season 2 Episode 5

Top Gear USA: Season 2 Episode 5

Right off the bat, we have to admit that this week’s episode of Top Gear USA was a lot funnier than any other episode this season. The majority of the episode was spent trying to figure out which of the three hosts chose a better luxury car. However, instead of being the long and drawn out segment as found in previous episodes, this challenge made us laugh out loud a few times. The guys were driving around the Hamptons in a 1972 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, a 1982 Jaguar XJS, and a 1988 Pontiac Fiero turned Ferrari 308. Oh yeah, the Hamptonites just loved that.

In between the search for the best luxury car for $5,000, Tanner Foust got to take a spin in "the Beast," the Porsche 911 GT2 RS and Torchwood star, Arlene Tur took a speedy trip around the Top Gear test track in the Suzuki SX4.

Hit the jump for full details on Top Gear USA: Season 2 Episode 5.

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The Car Show: Season 1 Episode 1

The Car Show: Season 1 Episode 1

We can’t say that we were looking forward to the premiere episode of The Car Show, simply because we didn’t feel that Adam Carolla was going to be all that funny. If he was, then The History Channel would have considered keeping him as part of the Top Gear USA trio. Turns out, we were absolutely wrong.

Adam Carolla may be a jumbling, mumbling mess at times, but his delivery actually makes him a bit funnier. It helps that he was teamed up with Dan Neil (automotive columnist for The Wall Street Journal), John Salley (4-time NBA Champion and actor), and Matt Farah (SmokingTire.com), who seemed to deliver more chemistry in the first episode of The Car Show than Tanner Foust, Adam Ferrara, and Ruttledge Wood had in their entire first season. Don’t get us wrong, we actually like Top Gear USA, but we may like The Car Show even better so far.

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2011 Porsche GT2 RS Pikes Peak

2011 Porsche GT2 RS Pikes Peak

On June 26, 2011, Jeff Zwart drove a Porsche GT2 RS right into a record setting time for street homologated sports cars at the famous Pikes Peak Race to the Clouds in Colorado. The last thing we would think Porsche would want to do is sell this same car only days after the event, but that is exactly what the company is doing. Talk about striking while the iron is hot.

The record setting GT2 RS was was only slightly modified for safety reasons, so it now includes a roll cage for maximum protection and a modified dashboard to display information needed during the race. The passenger seat was also removed. Other than that, the Porsche only received a bright red paint job along with a carbon fiber roof and racing stickers.

Under the hood of the GT2 RS Pikes Peak racer is the standard 3.6 liter six-cylinder boxer engine found in the typical GT2 RS. This engine delivers a total of 620 HP and sprints the car from 0 to 60 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.

This special GT2 RS is currently on sale at Champion Porsche in Pompano Beach, Florida, who brag about being the #1 world’s largest Porsche dealership. This may be a unique opportunity for fans of Pikes Peak and Porsche fans alike to own a little piece of history. And as Champion Motorsport says: "From Pikes Peak to your garage or a track near you… definitely a nice perk I’d say."

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Porsche wants another sportscar between the 911 GT2 RS and 918 Spyder

Porsche wants another sportscar between the 911 GT2 RS and 918 Spyder

Something’s cooking in the Porsche headquarters and knowing these guys, it could only mean thing: a new car.

The buzz going on around Stuttgart is that Porsche is looking into introducing a new supercar, one that will sit between the 911 GT2 RS and the 918 Spyder. The rationale behind this idea is that the company wants a car that can bridge the price tag gap between the 911 GT2 RS, which retails for $338,500, and the 918 Spyder, which will sell for $1.1 million.

In an interview with Bloomberg, Porsche sales boss, Bernhard Maier, commented about the company looking into the idea of introducing a new Porsche supercar. "We’re currently examining what options can be derived from this gap in the product range," Maier said.

"Between the top 911 model and the 918 Spyder, there’s a price range that we’re not serving, but where other manufacturers are selling one or another product."

Just so we know what Porsche is getting into, the new 911 GT2 RS is powered by a 3.6 liter six-cylinder boxer engine that’s boosted by two turbochargers, 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. Meanwhile, the 918 Spyder is powered by a V8 engine that produces more than 500 horsepower and three electric motors with an overall output of 218 horsepower. The numbers translate to a 0-60 mph time of just 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 198 mph and a Nurburgring lap time of under 7:30.

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Video: Jeff Zwart breaks record at Pikes Peak with Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Video: Jeff Zwart breaks record at Pikes Peak with Porsche 911 GT2 RS

The fallout from this year’s electrifying Pikes Peak International Hill Climb continues to flood the web weeks after the dust settled on the mighty Colorado mountain.

We’ve already seen video of Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima’s record-breaking run in the Race to the Clouds, but what was lost in all the adulation surrounding the event’s first sub 10-minute time was another record-shattering run by Jeff Zwart. As the record-holder of the 2WD Time Attack class, Zwart took his stock Porsche 911 GT2 RS up the steep slopes of Pikes Peak to post a time of 11:07:869, smashing the record for a stock production car at Pikes Peak by more than 24 seconds.

Unfortunately, even this scintillating run wasn’t enough for Zwart to win the 2WD Time Attack class as that honor went to Pikes Peak legend Rod Millen, who eclipsed Zwart’s time by just three seconds. Having said that, Millen’s time came at the expense of a race-spec machine that produced well over 700 horsepower.

We normally don’t celebrate runner-up finishes, but we’re going to make an exception this time around. The fact that Zwart was able to accomplish what he did with a stock production 911 GT2 RS speaks volumes of what this man is capable.

Check out the video of Zwart’s run to the top of Pikes Peak in the video above!

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2008 Porsche 997 GT2 by McChip

2008 Porsche 997 GT2 by McChip

The last time we heard from Mcchip dkr, they were working on a speedier version of the Volkswagen Golf R. Not a bad gig, but they’ve come a long way since then, baby.

Their latest tuning project was hooking up the most powerful Porsche 911 in the line-up: the Porsche 997 GT2. The upgrade package starts off with the addition of modified turbochargers and high-performance charge air coolers. These coolers include a silicone Tube Set, Cargraphic 200-cell sport catalysts, and manifolds. These extras build up the 3.6L engine to deliver 657 HP and 615 lb-ft of torque, up from the standard 523 HP and 502 lb-ft of torque.

Mcchip dkr could have pumped even more torque out of the GT2 - over 664 lb-ft, in fact -, but since the car already has an uncontrollable amount of power, they thought it best to keep it dialed down so the vehicle could still be controlled on the race track.

Anyone interested in putting a little more grunt into their Porsche 997 GT2 need to shell out 23,000 euro, or about $33,000 at the current exchange rates.

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2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS SP800R by Sportec

2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS SP800R by Sportec

Just because thePorsche 911 GT2 RS is already a powerful car in its own right, it doesn’t mean that people will shy away from giving it higher levels of performance.

At the Geneva Motor Show, German tuning firm Sportec showed that even a car as powerful as the 911 GT2 RS can still be tweaked to become more beastly than it already is. Taking a second upgrade program - the SP 800R – for the 911 GT2 RS, Sportec gave the Porsche’s 3.6-liter V6 boxer engine a thorough modification program featuring new sports camshafts, bigger air coolers, a new engine software, hybrid turbochargers, and a titanium exhaust system with a customized manifold. All these changes translate to an increased output of 800 horsepower and 900 Nm of torque. Mighty impressive, dare we say.

The glorious performance modifications weren’t the only things Sportec worked on with the 911 GT2 RS. Addressing the need to give the car an aerodynamic boost, the German tuner also gave it new front and rear spoiler lips and a set of 20” seven-spoke black alloy wheels.

All told, Sportec’s SP 800R program slashes four-tenths of a second off of the car’s 0-60 mph time time – 3.5 seconds to 3.1 seconds – while also ratcheting up the speed to 231 mph, which, if you don’t know, is nearing the stratosphere occupied by the McLaren MP4-12C and its 240 mph top speed.

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2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS by Techart

2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS by Techart

Sure we all want to take our turn driving around in the new 2011 Porsche GT2 RS. Unfortunately, with a limited run of 500 units and the fact that they have all been sold out already, chances of that happening are about slim to none. What makes the situation even more unfortunate for us is the fact that TechArt has already found a way to improve on Porsche’s most powerful street-legal model ever. Yeah, they are that good.

To make our faces a darker shade of envy green, the German tuner has added a new set of their newly introduced Formula Race lightweight forged centerlock wheels and a new Noselift system to allow the Porsche to get safely over those pesky speed bumps. No need to enter your dipped driveway at an angle anymore - owners of low ride height vehicles know exactly what we mean - TechArt has made it so the front end of the 911 GT2 RS gets an additional 60mm of ground clearance with a touch of a button. This system also features a trouble-free backfitting, a rapid height adjustment of approximately 10 mm/s with particularly silent operation as well as fully integrated operation via a button with a status indicator at the roof console.

Man, and we were banking on the fact that one of these owners would ding the front of their car and sell it to us for a cheaper price. There goes that idea! Nice work, TechArt. Another tuning job well done!

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TopSpeed's Best of 2010: Sports Car of the Year

TopSpeed’s Best of 2010: Sports Car of the Year

2010 has been quite a year for the auto industry’s sports car segment. With auto brands becoming more and more aggressive in their pursuit of power, speed, and consumer preference, sports cars have become about as popular in 2010 as Justin Bieber’s hairdo.

So with all these choices, one can just imagine the painstaking labor we went through in determining our choices for the 2010 Sports Car of the Year. Of all the categories, this one was, without question, the hardest to agree on, especially when the multitude of choices available are considered.

In the end, we did find a common ground in selecting the five best sports cars of the year, despite the fact that there were some arguments along the way. Of the five that we chose - one of them is a one-off sports car - four of them came from Europe whereas the only non-European sports car on the list calls the Land of the Rising Sun as its home.

Head over to the list after the jump.

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