Not since 2011 have we seen a 911 GT2 RS, but that all comes to an end now. Porsche has just unveiled most of the juicy details surrounding the all-new 2018 911 GT2 RS.
The main event on the new GT2 RS is, of course, its engine. Behind the seats lays a the same 3.8-liter flat-six found in the 911 Turbo S, but this engine’s wick is cranked to 11. Thanks to its larger turbochargers, water-cooled intercoolers, and a titanium sports exhaust that cuts 15 pounds of weight, this engine cranks out a mighty 700 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. These are improvements of 80 horsepower and 53 pound-feet of torque when compared to the 2011 GT2 RS.
This power heads through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission before flying back to the rear wheels. The result is a 2.7-second 0-to-60 mph time and a 211-mph top speed.
With this power comes the need for enhanced grip in the corners. This is handled by a race-built chassis that includes rear-wheel steering, ultra-high-performance tires measuring 265/35ZR20 up front and 325/30ZR21 on the rear, standard carbon-ceramic brakes, and a two-stage stability management system that includes ESM off and ESM+TC off.
The body also gets its fair share of modifications, including carbon-fiber reinforced plastic front fenders, wheel housing vents, outer shells on the Sport Design exterior mirrors, rear quarter panel air intakes, and parts of the rear, while the front luggage compartment is crafted from carbon-fiber and the roof panel is made of magnesium.
And no special 911 is complete without a slew of upgrades to the interior. In here, the 911 GT2 RS boasts plenty of red Alcantara, black leather and carbon-fiber. Buyers will enjoy the feel of the standard GT2 RS Sport steering wheel with shift paddles, the bucket seats with carbon-fiber-reinforced backrests, and more.
Those looking for something a tad more extreme can go for the optional Weissach package. This adds magnesium wheels, carbon-fiber roof, roll bars, and end links on the axles. The carbon fiber on the front luggage compartment lid and roof is also exposed in this package. This package shaves a full 40 pounds off the base GT2 RS.
Porsche expects to have the 911 GT2 RS in showrooms in early 2018. It’ll start from $293,200, excluding the $1,050 destination fee. Those who want the Weissach package will have to dole out another $31,000.