The 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS has made an impressive debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which was recently held in West Sussex, England. It’s claimed as the most powerful street-legal 911 coupe, since it powered by a powerful twin-turbo 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine that can deliver at least 700 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm and 553 lb-ft of torque. However, the new GT2 RS variant will not be sold cheaply even though it offers a brilliant performance. According to Porsche, the 2018 911 GT2 RS can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 2,7 seconds with a top speed reaching 211 mph. This means the new model is the most powerful GT2 RS variant compared to its predecessor — The 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS, which offers only 620 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque.
In addition, the previous generation model is only able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3,4 seconds with a top speed of 205 mph. So the new 911 GT2 RS is superior when compared to its predecessor. The twin-turbo 3.8-liter flat-six is basically the same engine that can be found on the current 911 Turbo S. However, the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS has been equipped with a larger turbo and a new additional cooling system. This difference makes the latest-generation GT2 RS get a further performance boost since larger air volumes can be pushed into the combustion chamber. Apart from that, the new GT2 RS sports car is offered with a custom GT 7-speed PDK gearbox for extremely dynamic gear changes and rear-wheel drive setup that is available as standard equipments.
2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS Performance and Specs
Outside, there are some technical changes on the new 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS that are expected to improve the car’s performance compared to the previous generation models. The most noticeable change is the use of large air intakes, a large rear wing and ceramic composite brakes (PCCB). The new GT2 RS chassis with its rear-axle steering has been specifically tuned in order to improve driving performance. This coupe ride on 265/35 ZR 20 front tire, while the rear is equipped with 325/30 ZR 21 tires.
At the front end, the GT2 RS successor features carbon fiber reinforced plastics that can be found on the front fenders, complete with lightweight Bi-Xenon main headlights, wheel housing vents and rear quarter panel air intakes. Porsche also offers a newly-developed lightweight exhaust system with titanium a rear silencer that is about 15 pounds lighter than the exhaust system used by the current 911 Turbo. This makes the car’s weight decrease to 3.241 pounds.
Moving into the cabin, the driver can find an interior wrapped with Red Alcantara material, carbon fiber accents and black leather seats. There are also full bucket seats with carbon fiber reinforced backrests which is offered for both driver and passenger. As for the interior features, Porsche offers an online navigation system, audio, wireless Internet access, comprehensive Porsche Connect services and some other comfort equipment.
Drivers can also record and analyze their driving data on their smartphone by using the Porsche Track Precision app which is available as a standard feature. Buyers can also choose Sport Chrono Package with built-in performance screen display, which can be used to view, save and evaluate lap times. But the Chrono Package is only available as optional, so buyers have to spend more money. The standard roof panel is equipped with a magnesium construction, while the carbon fiber materials can be found on the front luggage compartment.
2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS Release Date and Price
Release date for the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS is scheduled for early next year at North American dealerships with a starting price/MSRP of $293,200. Buyers can also get Weissach packages at an extra cost of $31,000. This package offers magnesium wheels, carbon fiber roof and anti-roll bars, as well as an extra weight savings of 40 pounds. Please note that this price excludes tax, delivery, processing and handling fee.