2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS Scooped: The Widowmaker Is Back

3/09/2016 02:00:00 PM | |

Move away, ladies and gentlemen, there’s nothing to see here, just another plain Jane 911; or is it?

Of course, Porsche aficionados will immediately spot the blue Turbo S. Take a closer look, though, and it becomes apparent that not all is as it seems.

Granted, the only give-away are the circular exhaust pipes instead of the rectangular ones of the 911 Turbo S. Oh, and the fact it’s making cold weather testing, of course, which means this is something different that anything you can order at your local Porsche dealer right now.

Weissach has long denied it will roll out a GT2 RS version of the 991. So, for a while it appeared the GT3 RS was going to be most hardcore current neun-elfer. Not that we were complaining, though, for this track-focused car that somehow made it to the road is nothing sort of a masterpiece.

Plans can change, though, any minute, and even if the GT3 RS is a Nürburgring muncher, it can’t compete in sheer grunt with the latest crop of supercars like the Ferrari 488 or the Lamborghini Huracán. Why, even the new R8 V10 Plus, from stablemate Audi, is more potent.

Enter the GT2 RS, that’s supposed to make its debut in 2017. Instead of a normally aspirated engine, its flat-six will feature twin turbochargers, just like the Turbo. Only the power output will be much higher than the 580 PS (572 hp) of the range-topping S version.

Since the 997 GT2 RS churned out a Carrera GT-humbling 620 PS, it’s fair to assume the 991 will be even more potent, delivering close to 700 hp. The 488 GTB suddenly has something to worry about, doesn’t it?

Like all GT2s, the new one will ditch the advanced Porsche Traction Management all-wheel drive and transmit all this power to the rear wheels alone. It’ll also be lighter thanks to losing the AWD, replacing many body panels with carbon fiber ones and removing many luxury items from the interior.

Considering that the Turbo S does the 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 2.9 seconds and tops out at 205mph (330km/h), it will be interesting to see what the GT2 RS will do. Naturally, it will have lots of aerodynamic add-ons, wide rims, standard ceramic brakes and a huge rear wing to go with the performance, it remains to be seen though if it’ll come with a stick and three pedals or the PDK transmission.

All that immense power and torque delivered to the tarmac solely by the rear tires. No matter what Porsche has done to make it easier than the previous iterations, “docile” is a word that’ll not be included in its vocabulary.

The aptly named Widowmaker is making a comeback and it’s carrying a very big stick. You have been warned.

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