Auto Exotica :: Porsche 911 GT2RS :: Most Powerful, Street Legal Porsche Ever

by Julie Williams

The time: seven minutes, 18 seconds on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. The power: 620 hp. The weight: 3,020 lb in road trim with all fluids on board. The car: the new 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS.  Everyday travel is now compared to a racetrack experience with each pivot of the car and every thrust of the engine. “The latest 911 is the fastest and most powerful road-going sports car ever built in the history of Porsche,” said Detlev Von Platen, CEO of Porsche Cars North America. “With horsepower up by 90 and weight down by 154 lbs in comparison with the previous 911 GT2, the new 911 GT2 RS has a power-to-weight ratio of just 4.9 lbs per horsepower, by far the best power-to-weight ratio in its class. These are the ideal ingredients for an ultra-high-performance sports car with supreme agility and truly blistering performance.”  The 3.6 litre six-cylinder boxer engine features two variable turbine geometry turbochargers and provides power to the rear wheels exclusively through a six-speed manual gearbox. Equally impressive stopping power comes from Porsche Composite Ceramic Brakes (PCCB), incorporating impressive stopping power as shown on vehicles of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.  New tires were specifically developed for the 911 GT2 RS and measure 245/35 ZR 19 at the front and 325/30 ZR 19 at the rear, delivering cornering performance to match the straight-line speed. Extreme cornering dynamics are ensured by the setup of the springs, Porsche Adaptive Suspension Management (PASM), unique anti-roll bars, specific engine mounts and recalibrated Porsche Stability Management (PSM), whose stability and traction control functions can be switched off individually.  The combined effect of these developments is evident on the racetrack. In fact, the ultimate 911 accelerates from 0-60 in 3.4 seconds, boasts a top-track speed of 205 mph and laps the famed Nürburgring-Nordschleife racetrack in just 7 minutes and 18 seconds, faster than even the Porsche Carrera GT.

The new 911 GT2 RS clearly stands out from other 911 models through the lavish use of carbon-fiber-reinforced components with a matte-black surface finish, even wider tires (including flared wheel arches at the front), new light-alloy wheels with central locking and “GT2 RS“ model designations on the doors and rear lid. Matte-finish carbon also graces the redesigned front spoiler lip and the 3/8th of an inch taller rear spoiler lip – which both enhance aerodynamics and provide extra downforce.

The interior of the 911 GT2 RS also exudes sporting performance in virtually every detail. Lightweight two-piece bucket seats made of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic are standard, as are lightweight door panels with fabric straps instead of traditional door handles. The basic interior color is black, contrasted with red elements, such as the seat center sections, the roof lining and segments of the steering wheel rim. The gearshift and handbrake lever are also finished in red alcantara, providing exceptional grip and easy-care properties.

Limited to just 500 units worldwide, the 911 GT2 RS came to the U.S. in February and MSRP is $245,000  

To get more information on the 911 GT2 RS, visit www.porsche.com/usa.

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