Porsche premiered its fastest and most powerful road-approved 911, the new Porsche 911 GT2 RS at the Goodwood Festival of Speed which was held in the UK from June 30 to July 2. The GT2 RS is positioned as a high-performance sports car that is powered by a 700 hp (515 kW) biturbo flat engine. The lightweight two-seater model can go from zero to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and has a kerb weight of 1,470 kg with a full fuel tank. The rear-wheel drive Coupé can attain a top speed of 340 km/h, and when compared to its 3.6-liter predecessor, it produces 80 hp (59 kW) more when it comes to performance and achieves a torque of 750 Newton metres (an increase of 50 Nm).
The model is technologically more advanced than the 911 Turbo S which is powered by a 3.8-liter engine that produces 580 hp (427 kW). The GT2 RS is more powerful and in order to enhance the performance the large turbochargers push a greater volume of process air into the combustion chambers. The engine also has a new additional cooling system for optimum cooling at peak loads. At very high temperatures, the cooling system sprays the charge-air cooler with water causing the gas temperature to fall in the overpressure range. Thus, the engine produces optimum power, even under extreme conditions.
The customized GT seven-speed double-clutch transmission (PDK) in the new GT2 RS allows power to be transferred with uninterrupted traction. The model has a specially developed exhaust system that is fashioned from extra-lightweight titanium. This system weighs seven kilograms less than the one in the 911 Turbo and creates a sound that will impress any race car enthusiast.
The chassis of the car is one that is suitable for extreme cornering. Even at very high speeds, cornering smoothly is not an issue for the 911 GT2 RS thanks to its perfect racing chassis with rear-axle steering and Ultra High Performance (UHP) tires. As in all GT sports models, the new model has a specially calibrated PSM with a Sport mode for optimal driving dynamics. The aerodynamics of the car have been enhanced both with respect to form and design with powerful air intakes, outlets and the striking rear wing.
Another factor that aids in handling braking and cornering forces are 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-fiber 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.
The interiors match the sporty exterior with a combination of red Alcantara, black leather and parts that have a carbon-weave finish as standard. The steering wheel comes with gearshift paddles for quick and sporty gear changes. The full bucket seats with a carbon-weave finish enhance the driving dynamics for the driver and the passengers. 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 available as standard features to facilitate detailed recording, display and analysis of driving data on a smartphone.
The optional Chrono Package expands the PCM functions to include performance display, which can be used to show, save and evaluate track times. The package also includes a stopwatch on the switch panel with both analogue and digital display. The Chrono Package on the 911 GT2 RS comes with a lap trigger that allows drivers to record lap times with a high level of precision using the Porsche Track Precision app in conjunction with external markers on a start/finish straight.
The Optional Weissach package allows motorists to save weight by 30 kg and thus increase its performance. The package includes additional elements made from carbon-fiber reinforced plastic and titanium like the anti-roll bars, the coupling rods on both axles and the roof which are made of carbon. 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.
This is the first Porsche model for which Porsche Design has designed a special watch. The 911 GT2 RS Chronograph is meant exclusively for customers who buy the GT2 RSand it has the first clock movement developed by Porsche Design. The watch is notable for the caliber 01.200 which includes a flyback function, a load-path-optimized movement bridge and an official COSC certificate of authenticity. The housing of the timepiece is made from lightweight titanium. While the tungsten winding rotor of the watch is modelled on the rims of the 911 GT2 RS, the clock face is made of carbon, and the design of the time display is similar to that of the instrument cluster and the tachometer.
Manju Mathew, an MBA in marketing, completed publisher training courses from the Oxford Brookes University and New York University. She started with marketing and PR roles before moving on to her current position as a full time writer. Currently living in Dubai, her life as an expat has sharpened her observation skills and flair for writing. She enjoys writing about luxury cars like Ferrari, Lamborghini, etc even if she can only dream of owning them.
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