The day has come after a long painful wait to officially announce the brand new Porsche 991 GT2 RS. The full press release can be viewed after the images but to sum it up as short and sweet as possible, this is what you can expect.
- Most powerful 911 ever
- 3.8-litre biturbo flat-six produces 700 hp and 750 Nm of torque
- Turbo’s aided by a new and additional water-cooling system which sprays water into the charge-air cooler (ensures air entering the combustion chambers at optimal temperature, even when car is being driven hard)
- Power sent to rear-wheels via a seven-speed PDK box
- Lightweight aluminium exhaust system (7kg’s lighter than 911 Turbo)
- 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and top speed is 340 km/h (fastest 911 on paper)
- Huge rear wing at the back
- Brake cooling ducts placed on the bonnet joins massive air intakes on the front bumper
- Most of bodywork is made out of carbon fibre reinforced plastic
- Bonnet is carbon fibre
- Standard roof made from magnesium
- Ceramic composite brakes as standard
- Race spec chassis with rear-axle steering
- On-board Porsche Stability Management system
- You can opt for the Weissach pack (reduces weight by 30 kg thanks to a carbon roof, anti-roll bars and coupling rods. Magnesium wheels are included too, to reduce unsprung weight)
- Red and black two-tone colour scheme in the cabin, mating red Alcantara with black leather and naked carbon-fibre trim as standard
- Full bucket seats and a roll cage
- Central infotainment system and Connect Plus (link up to the driver’s smartphone for detailed telematics and timing)
- Porsche’s Chrono package is also available, placing a stopwatch on the dashboard and adding new timing functions to the infotainment setup.
Pricing in the UK sits at £207,506 with the Weissach pack costing an additional £21,042.
For the South African’s out there, we can expect more than 5 but less than 10 units of the 991 GT2 RS to arrive on our shores for a price tag of R4,411,000.
At the heart of this high-performance sports car is a 515-kW (700-hp; combined fuel consumption: 11.8 l/100 km; urban: 18.1 l/100 km; extra-urban: 8.2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions: 269 g/km) biturbo flat engine. Weighing in at 1,470 kg with a full fuel tank, the lightweight two-seater accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds. The rear-wheel drive Coupé has a top speed of 340 km/h, and with its near-motorsport drive technology, the new 911 GT2 RS trumps its 3.6-litre predecessor by 59kW (80 hp) and achieves a torque of 750 Newton metres (an increase of 50 Nm).
The engine builds on that in the 911 Turbo S at 427 kW (580 hp; combined fuel consumption: 9.1 l/100 km; urban: 11.8 l/100km; extra-urban: 7.5 l/100 km; CO2 emissions: 212 g/km). In order to increase performance, large turbochargers push an increased volume of process air into the combustion chambers. A new additional cooling system delivers optimum cooling at peak loads and, at very high temperatures, sprays the charge-air cooler with water. This causes the gas temperature to fall in the overpressure range and ensures optimum power output, even under extreme conditions. The customised GT seven-speed
double-clutch transmission (PDK) in the new GT2 RS enables power to be transferred with uninterrupted traction. What’s more,
the specially developed exhaust system is made from extra-lightweight titanium, weighs around seven kilograms less than the
system used in the 911 Turbo and delivers an emotional sound without precedent.
The 911 GT2 RS
For the first time ever, Porsche Design is celebrating the debut of the high-performance sports car by releasing a special-issue
watch. Offering a nod to the world of motorsport, the 911 GT2 RS watch is exclusively available to owners of the new vehicle
and can only be ordered in conjunction with the new GT model at a Porsche Centre from June 30, 2017.
Racing chassis for outstanding dynamic cornering
Discipline in sport means mastering every detail. And in the world of super sports cars, cornering speeds are on another level.
The 911 GT2 RS reaches these speeds thanks to its flawless racing chassis with rear-axle steering and Ultra High Performance
(UHP) tyres. Like all GT sports cars, the new top model features a specially calibrated PSM with a Sport mode that is tailored to
provide optimal driving dynamics. Powerful air intakes and outlets and the imposing rear wing emphasise that the vehicle’s
aerodynamics have mastered both form and design. The large, wide wheels (265/35 ZR 20 at the front and 325/30 ZR 21 at
the rear) ensure outstanding braking and cornering forces. The 911 GT2 RS features Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes
(PCCB) as standard. The front wings, wheel housing vents, outer shells on the Sport Design exterior mirrors, air intakes on the
rear side sections and parts of the rear end are made from carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFR), as are many of the interior
components. The bonnet is also made from carbon to make the vehicle as lightweight as possible, while the standard trim roof
is made from magnesium. Both body parts have a wide lateral swage line.
Optional Weissach package with 30-kg weight saving
Performance can always be cranked up a notch – even on the 911 GT2 RS. That’s why the Porsche engineers have developed
the optional Weissach package, which provides a weight saving of around 30 kilograms. The package includes additional
elements made from carbon-fibre reinforced plastic and titanium. For instance, the roof and the anti-roll bars are made of
carbon, and so are the coupling rods on both axles. Magnesium wheels reduce both the gross weight and the unsprung weight,
providing a greater wealth of impressive chassis properties. The luggage compartment lid and the carbon- weave finish roof
are emblazoned with a central strip in the same colour as the car for a visually distinctive look.
A truly sporty interior
The passenger compartment of the 911 GT2 RS is dominated by red Alcantara, black leather and interior parts with a carbonweave
finish as standard. The GT2 RS sports steering wheel with gearshift paddles enables quick and sporty gear changes.
Drivers and passengers experience the driving dynamics of the high-performance sports car in full bucket seats with a carbonweave
finish. As in every 911, the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) is the central control unit for audio, navigation
and communication. The Connect Plus module and Porsche Track Precision app are also included as standard, enabling
detailed recording, display and analysis of driving data on a smartphone.
Interior of the 911 GT2 RS
The optional Chrono Package expands the PCM functions to include performance display, which can be used to display, save
and evaluate track times. The package also includes a stopwatch on the switch panel with both analogue and digital display.
What’s more, the Chrono Package on the 911 GT2 RS comes with a lap trigger. Using the Porsche Track Precision app in
conjunction with external markers on a start/finish straight, this lap trigger enables drivers to record lap times with a high level
Exclusive watch to accompany the car: Porsche Design 911 GT2 RS Chronograph
Porsche Design has teamed up with Porsche Motorsport to develop the 911 GT2 RS Chronograph for customers of the new
super sports car. It is reserved exclusively for 911 GT2 RS drivers. At its heart is the first clock movement developed by
Porsche Design, the product of three years’ work. The calibre 01.200 includes a flyback function, a load-path-optimised
movement bridge and an official COSC certificate of authenticity. The timepiece housing is made of lightweight titanium.
The flyback function is inspired by motorsport and represents a special feature of the Porsche watch. On a traditional
chronograph, the buttons must be pressed three times in order to measure consecutive time intervals: The first press stops
the chronograph, the second resets it and the third restarts the measuring process. On chronographs with a flyback function,
these processes happen automatically and in rapid succession. The stop function and the ongoing time display are clearly
separated using yellow markings. Many of the details on the timepiece are based on the high-performance sports car. The
tungsten winding rotor is modelled on the rims of the 911 GT2 RS. The clock face is made of carbon, while the design of the
time display matches the instrument cluster and the tachometer. The 911 GT2 RS and its watch counterpart are exclusively
available at Porsche Centres worldwide. The vehicle and watch are produced individually in line with customer wishes and