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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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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

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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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2011 Porsche GT2 RS by Wimmer RS

2011 Porsche GT2 RS by Wimmer RS

Unless you were one of the lucky 500 that was able to make reservations for the 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS, then this post will be all about looking at what could have been if we only had the money to actually buy one.

With a 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine with an output of 620 horsepower already prowling units its hood, the 911 GT2 RS already packs a very mean and powerful punch. But for some people, 620 horsepower just isn’t enough, so they set out to build a performance package for the Porsche beast to make it even more powerful.

Believing that the new 911 GT2 RS could still improve in the performance department, German tuning house Wimmer RS upgraded and remapped the engine controller, retooled the turbochargers, installed a new sport air filter and air intake, and added a valve-controlled sport exhaust system with sport catalysts.

The resulting upgrade is stunning to say the least. From 620 horsepower, a 0-62 mph time of 3.5 seconds, and a top speed of 205 mph, the Wimmer RS-tuned GT2 RS now comes with 703 horsepower with 597.5 lb/ft of torque, a 0-62 mph time of 3.3 seconds, and a top speed 221 mph.

Wimmer RS’s program doesn’t include a whole lot in the way of aesthetic upgrades, but it really doesn’t matter at this point, especially when you have a 911 GT2 RS that already packs 703 horsepower. We figure that none of the 500 soon-to-be-owners will care too much about the relative lack of interior upgrades on the super sports car.

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TechArt Aerodynamic kit I for Porsche GT2

TechArt Aerodynamic kit I for Porsche GT2

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.

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2010 TechArt GTstreet RS

2010 TechArt GTstreet RS

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.

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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!

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2008 Porsche 911 GT2

2008 Porsche 911 GT2

Porsche made official today the 911 GT2. Set to make its world debut in September at Frankfurt Motor Show, the GT2 is the most powerful 911 so far homologated for road use. Through its striking design with large air intakes at the front and the rear wing so characteristic of this very special model, the new 911 GT2 expresses the power and performance potential of the fastest-ever 911 right from the start even at a standstill.

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2007 Porsche 911 GT2 Preview

2007 Porsche 911 GT2 Preview

The 997 family is about to get their GT2 evil brother

The most outrageous member of the Porsche 911 family is about to crack out of a 997 Turbo’s shell. Featuring Carrera GT’s PCCB ceramic composite brakes in standard, and Turbo’s engine boosted to almost 550 bhp, the new street racer will start eating miles in 2007

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