It’s a street stalker that does not look any bit intimidated when it lines up against dedicated racers in a track. I am talking about the new 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS that showed its face during Microsoft’s Xbox E3 press conference recently. The model has been given the honor to grace the cover of the Forza Motorsport 7. However, the model was actually to be officially unveiled to the public during the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Compared to the outgoing version, the GT2 RS has gone through a slimming regimen. To cut weight even further, particularly for models that will spend more time in track racing, the automaker offers a Weissach Package that helps reduce 40 lbs. This is achieved by adding a carbon-fiber roof, anti-roll bars and magnesium wheels.
2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS Exterior
The GT2 RS is still based on the 911 Turbo just like its predecessor. The 911 Turbo features on the GT2 RS are easily identifiable, particularly on the front and rear fascias. The GT2 RS features an almost identical grille as the 911 Turbo. However, the GT2 RS has a taller bumper that stretches closer to the ground; it also integrates larger vents on either side of the grille. The DRLs are directly adopted from the 911 turbo without any changes. The front also features a huge splitter. Although the engine is at the rear, the trunk is designed to help aid cooling. The trunk lid features two extra cooling vents like the ones on the GT3 RS.
The flanks feature revised side skirts that have redesigned air vents on the rear fenders. The rear section also looks much wider and as you may have guessed it, the rear tires are wider. The wider tires wrap around new lightweight wheels.
The rear has slimmer taillights and a new engine hood. The bumper is also redesigned and is fitted with larger exhaust tips placed on the corners. The rear spoiler has also been revised. To be a serious track racer, a car must have a rear wing and the GT2 RS does not only have a rear wing but a gigantic one. In fact, the automaker this time round has opted for a huge wing than the one on the GT3.
In terms of size, the GT2 RS stretches 179.1 inches long, 74.0 inches wide and has a height of 51.1 inches. Its wheelbase extends for 96.5 inches.
Despite its serious performance credentials, the 911 GT2 RS is a street legal machine. As such it does not come looking bare in the cabin in an effort to save weight as much as possible. The coupe comes with two seats one for you and another for your sidekick. The seats have a fixed-back design and their outer shell is made up of carbon fiber. The seats also have huge side bolsters that enhance lateral support, particularly as you navigate sharp corners. For upholstery, there is a blend of black leather and Alcantara.
To ensure buyers get an excellent feel of the vehicle, designers have equipped the model with a customized GT2 RS Sport steering wheel that features column-mounted shift paddles. The steering wheel which is devoid of infotainment buttons and it’s finished off with red upholstery.
To make it bearable as a normal street car, the model comes with a Communication Management system and Porsche’s Connect Plus, a Track Precision app. There is also an option for a Chrono Package to enable the driver more reliably record his performance data while on the tracks. Well, Porsche is going a step further; the automaker is giving a titanium watch to each buyer.
Engine and performance
Under the hood, things look pretty exciting. The GT2 RS comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.8 L, 6-cylinder engine. This is the same mill that powers the 911 Turbo S. The automaker has however equipped the mill with bigger turbochargers and an enhanced cooling system that includes water sprayers. The result is 700 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque, an improvement of 80 hp and 37 lb-ft of torque over the outgoing GT2 RS. With this power, you need only 2.7 seconds to dash from 0-60 mph on your way to a top speed of 211 mph. In comparison, the previous model needed 3.5 seconds to make a 0-60 mph run and had a top speed of 205 mph. Power is sent to the wheels via a customized GT seven-speed dual clutch PDK transmission system.
The engine is further supported by a titanium exhaust system that also helps reduce the model’s weight by 15 pounds. To cut corners in style, the model is equipped with Ultra High-Performance rubber (265/35 R20 at the front with the rear having 325/30 R21). Stopping power is courtesy of the automaker’s Ceramic Composite Brakes.
Price and release date
Porsche unveiled the model at the Goodwood Festival of Speed with deliveries commencing soon after. To get the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS, be prepared to spend $293,200. Adding the Weissach packages will cost you a cool $31,000. You better make your order early as the model will be produced in limited numbers.