It’s official, finally. Porsche has unveiled the highly anticipated 2018 GT2 RS- the most powerful 911 of all time. The rear-engine supercar made its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed just weeks after it was presented at E3 2017.
The new 911 GT2 RS has been in the news for quite sometime now. Reports of a new “widowmaker” emerged when a prototype was first spotted few months back. We got our first look at the new GT2 RS during the Forza Motorsport 7 press conference last month.
On the outside, the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS looks distinct. Some of the exterior aerodynamic bits are similar to other Rennsport models, however there are subtle differences. The front bumper with its massive intakes is unique to the GT2 RS. The front sits lower and wider. It has a fixed splitter unlike the Turbo’s active element. The front fender louvres have been carried over from the GT3 RS and so is the side air scoop which comes from the Turbo as well. The rear bumper has been reworked to incorporate a larger diffuser. The size of the adjustable rear wing is enormous for good measure.
The cabin of the new 911 GT2 RS will seem familiar to most Porsche enthusiasts. The dashboard layout is exactly the same as the 991.2-gen and a sporty, three-spoke steering wheel. Most of the cabin is lined in alcantara and carbon fiber trim. The headliner on this launch-spec is wrapped in red alcantara. Carbon fiber sports seats are standard and feature a unique embroidered “Weissach RS’ motif. The GT2 RS doesn’t have rear seats and in its place is a half roll cage.
Engine and Performance:
The 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS is officially the most powerful 911 ever. At its heart is a familiar 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat-6 engine which has been tuned to 700 hp and produces 553 lb-ft of torque. To put this in perspective- the 911 Turbo S which uses the same engine is 120 hp down on the GT2 RS.
The GT2 RS will only be available with a 7-speed PDK or dual-clutch automatic transmission. The kind of performance it offers is more suited for a car like this. Thanks to the lightning quick gearbox, the GT2 RS accelerates from 0-60 mph in 2.7 sec (0.1 sec quicker than the Turbo S) and has a top speed of 211 mph.
A track-focused supercar has to be lightweight. The new GT2 RS weighs in at 3241 lbs or just under 1500 kg but customers can spec their cars with a $31,000 option (Weissach Package) which drops the weight of the car by another 40 lbs.
The option includes lightweight magnesium wheels which save 25 lbs, carbon fiber roof and front luggage compartment lid, anti-roll bars and axle end-links.
Exclusive Porsche Design Chronograph:
Porsche also offers GT2 RS customers an exclusive time piece to match their car. This high-end Porsche Design chronograph is made of titanium and has a carbon fiber clock face which matches the instruments cluster of the car. The tungsten winding rotor is designed to look like the uniquely styled rims of the GT2 RS.
The 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS is priced at $293,200 excluding delivery fee. Production slots will be limited and given the demand, it will probably be sold out before you realize.