The 2019 Porsche 911 GT2 RS: Fewer Widows, More Fun

We all have heard by now that the new Porsche 911 GT2 RS is a stunningly quick car on track. Porsche’s 911 flagship has moved away from the ‘widow-maker’ status of its predecessors and has focused instead on combining the world-beating performance of a GT3 RS with a breathtaking twin-turbo engine.

The 3.8-liter flat-six is tuned to produce 700PS (690hp) and 750Nm (553lb-ft) of torque, bolted to a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission. Despite the colossal power going only to the rear wheels, the 2019 911 GT2 RS needs just 2.8 seconds for the 0-62mph (100km/h) sprint and reaches a top speed of 212mph (340km/h).

The chassis employs all the latest engineering tricks Porsche has, helping the GT2 RS to put down its power with a rather surprising effectiveness. Things like rear-axle steering, a variable-locking differential, a rose-jointed suspension and a model-specific aero agenda are all part of the new GT2 RS magic.

Add the Weissach package, which sheds another 30kg off the car’s weight and adds carbon fiber parts such as a roof panel, anti-roll bars and coupling rods, as well as a set of magnesium alloy wheels and a titanium roll cage.

Porsche’s current 911 flagship isn’t a widowmaker anymore; it’s a stunningly capable supercar despite the scary figures that come with it. It highlights the automaker’s ability to make 700hp feel usable, even on bumpy B-roads and not just on perfectly surfaced tracks. The 911 GT2 RS is simply a future icon.

Carfection’s Henry Catchpole shares his thoughts on the 2019 911 GT2 RS on the video that follows.

 

  • Bash

    I kept reading this as fewer windows, more fun.

    • Craig

      I even counted them.

      • Bash

        Lol, I almost did that.

    • Angus

      I did too. I’m remodeling my house and clicked on this article thinking it would show me how to build a new porch with fewer windows.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Me too.

  • ace_9

    Or you can buy cheaper Mercedes AMG GT-R and don’t worry about potential risks of dangerously balanced 911. But sure, some people might enjoy constant need for maximum focus to avoid being punished for smallest mistakes, while sweating furiously…

    • Dennis James

      Or you can buy an even cheaper Hyundai and be even safer on the road.

      • ace_9

        So… which hyundai do you consider to be comparable with 911 GT2 RS?

    • Six Thousand Times

      That whole “dangerously unbalanced 911 argument” has long since been lost.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Love it even I’d never have any use for it.

  • ztamg04

    The 911 GT2 RS is scary, but it would be scary cool if it had retro 911 Carrera 2.7 decals to go with its outrageous caron fiber and stripes everywhere. Delete the tall part of the rear wing, and give it the bumpers of the GT3, and you have: The 2020 Porsche 911 GT2 Carrera RS 4.0. Okay so the name needs work, but it would be cool.

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