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.