Porsche designed the new 911 GT2 RS to be an absolute track weapon, but in doing so, it also made it blisteringly fast in a straight line, as the video below shows.
Powering the hardcore 911 is a 3.8-liter turbocharged flat-six pumping out 690 hp and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque, which are sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission.
Attempting to put that much power down though the rear wheels only could be a recipe for disaster in a less technologically-advanced car, but the GT2 RS (which, in previous iterations, has earned the nickname Widowmaker) puts every single one of those ponies to good use.
A track animal which can also attack on the drag strip
The owner of a GT2 RS in the United States recently headed out to the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds to see what the German weapon can do in a straight line. With a 2.7 mile (4.3 km) slab of empty runway ahead of it, the Porsche sprinted through to 211.69 mph (340.68 km/h). To put that into perspective, the McLaren 720S topped out at 215 mph (346 km/h) down the same runway.
As mentioned, however, the Porsche is not all about straight-line performance; in fact, it is one of the fastest production cars ever around a track. In 2017, it lapped the Nurburgring in just 6 minutes and 47.3 seconds, while last November, a GT2 RS tweaked by Manthey Racing set a staggering time of 6 minutes and 40.3 seconds on the same circuit. That’s more than three seconds faster than the insane McLaren P1 LM (!) and eclipses the best time set by a Lamborghini Aventador SVJ.