2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS

2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS

This is yet another 911 that’s old but also new. It’s old in that it’s a 991.2 911. They all look the goddamn same. It’s new in that it’s a GT2 RS: the most powerful 911 to date and fitted with the largest-section rear tires on any 911 ever (325). Black stripes, a big wing and holes cut into its body make sure you know it’s a Fast Car, in case you ever forget.

Just as the previous manual-transmission-only GT2 RS went on a strict diet to achieve its astonishing performance, so has the new car received comprehensive mass-reduction measures—Porsche officially claims 3241 pounds with a full tank, or nearly 300 pounds less than its official figures for the current Turbo S coupe, and just 92 pounds more than the super-light GT3 with the PDK transmission. Porsche avers that the new GT2 RS will catapult to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds and top out at an astronomical 211 mph. Porsche also promises an “emotional sound without precedent.” Yes, please.

Bigger turbos and more boost pressure generate plenty of heat. Under heavy boost, water is sprayed across the intercooler surfaces to reduce the temperature of air being shoved into the combustion chambers. A newly developed titanium exhaust sheds 15 pounds compared to the 911 Turbo exhaust, and produces that special ping-tingy titanium sound. Like any turbo engine, old or new, this one will prove very happy on cold, dry mornings.

2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS

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