As if the Porsche 911 GT2 wasn’t bad ass enough… Porsche has taken the wraps off its GT2 RS supercar. In keeping with a time honored P-Car tradition, only the rarest and most special of Porsches wear the RS badge. The 911 has had a couple of RS variants over its 47 year lifespan.
First and foremost, RS stands for “Renn Sport” in German, or “Racing Sport” in English.
First came the Carrera 2.7 RS and Carrera RS 3.0 from 1973 and ’74. The 2.7 RS had a 210hp 6-cylinder engine and was made to allow Porsche to meet stringent racing regulations that mandated 500 cars be built for street use that were similar enough to the racing cars in the FIA Group 4 class, which is just sports car racing in the ’60s and ’70s (the group 4 cars were considered “special grand touring cars” specced for racing purposes). The RS 3.0 was built for 1974, and had a K-Jetronic Bosch fuel injection system that made 230hp. The 3.0 was roughly twice the price of the 2.7. Both cars were aided with a new “ducktail” spoiler, larger brakes, racing suspension, wider rear tires and fenders.
Basically, these cars weren’t to be messed with. Oh, and the 2.7 RS weighed 2,370lbs, or 220lbs less than a regular 911… One year later, the 3.0 RS weighed just 1,984lbs. Umm… How in the hell do you do that in a year’s time? Simple, use thinner body panels, strip the interior, and you’ve got yourself a wild-ass racing car. The 2.7 RS already had a thinner bodyshell, too.
The RS Porsches from ’73 and ’74 were not able to be sold in America. Damn stringent regulations on this country…
It wasn’t until 1993 that we here in America got a 911 carrying the RS name. It was uniquely called the 911 RS America and was from the 964 series of 911s. It was tweaked from the original European model to meet safety and emissions standards here in the states. It cost $10,000 less than a standard Carrera 2, but had so much more to offer.
Porsche engineers were able to strip about 70 pounds from the car by scrapping the power steering (what real man needs that crap anyway?), air conditioning (still an option), stereo system (optional), rear seats, as well as the door handles and armrests, which were replaced with door pulls. Out was the auto-extending rear spoiler of the air cooled 964 911, and in was a whale tail spoiler. Optional wider rear tires and fenders for the regular 911 were standard on the RS America. Car and Driver tests concluded that the 1993 Porsche RS America went as good as it looked. A 0-60 time of 4.6 seconds and 13.3 seconds in the 1/4 mile. So, that’s roughly as fast as a 4,000lb, 426hp Chevrolet Camaro SS. Oh, that’s a 2010 Camaro, by the way. The engine was the same 3.6L 247hp unit as in the regular 911 Carrera.
This brings us to the first RS in almost a decade; the 996 911 GT3 RS. Never before had Porsche built a GT3 model, but when they started making them in 2000 with the 996 variation 911, everyone ate it up. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever read a poor comment, bad review, or unfavorable approach to the 911 GT3.
So now there’s a new 911 GT3 and GT3 RS for the 997.2 911s. And something that everyone has said since the 997 GT2 first came out, “If only the GT2 were as composed as the GT3 and GT3 RS…”
Now we’re all going to have to eat our words: Porsche has done it again. They took something wild, fun and fast and made it better by making it wilder, funner and faster.
Porsche has managed to strip 154 pounds from the regular GT2, add 90 more horses, and still reduce emissions. I love the way their press release starts out (and no one could say it any better…), “The time: seven minutes, 18 seconds on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. The power: 620hp. The weight: 3,020 lbs in road trim with all fluids on board. The car: the new 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS.”
Marvelously, too, is that the GT2 RS only comes with a 6-speed manual transmission. Take that, paddle shift lovers! Basically, what Porsche’s trying to say is, the GT2 RS is a modern day 930 (930 = first ever 911 Turbo); not for the weak of heart, or driving skills. It’s a killer car. Literally.
The tires on the RS are specifically manufactured for the car, with a size of 245/35 ZR-19s up front and 325/30 ZR-19s in the rear. Porsche Carbon Ceramic Brakes, or PCCB, are standard. The different carbon fiber bits you see are all painted matte black, including the hood and the painted turbo air inlets. The interior is set in the cool, black and red alcantara and leather style. I think it looks rather sexy and unique. Most will disagree, though.
On each side of the car there are little stickers that let you know it’s a GT2 RS. Just in case you didn’t know already. And as you can see in the picture above, the spoiler has been raised about 10mm, or 3/8ths of an inch.
So after reading all of the RS history and also about the GT2 RS being God’s new heavenly cruiser you say you want one? Okay, well only 500 will be made… And if you’re one of the lucky few that gets to own one, expect to pony up $245,000. They’ll be available for purchase in October here in the states and will make its auto show debut at the Moscow Auto Show on August 25, 2010.
Ultimate 911 extracts 620 ultra-efficient, twin-turbocharged horsepower from 3.6 liters; Provides best-in-class power-to-weight ratio and increased fuel economy
ATLANTA – May 12, 2010 – The time: seven minutes, 18 seconds on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. The power: 620 hp. The weight: 3,020 lb (1,370 kilograms) in road trim with all fluids on board. The car: the new 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS.
90 More Horsepower, 154 lbs Less Filling
The latest 911 is the fastest and most powerful road-going sports car ever built in the history of Porsche. With horsepower (hp) up by 90 and weight down by 154 lbs (70 kilograms) in comparison with the previous 911 GT2, the new 911 GT2 RS has a power-to-weight ratio of just 4.9 lbs (2.21 kg) per horsepower, by far the best power/weight ratio in its class. These are the ideal ingredients for an ultra-high-performance sports car with supreme agility and truly blistering performance on the road. Perfectly illustrating Porsche Intelligent Performance, the 2011 GT2 RS achieves a reduction of approximately 5 percent for both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions when compared with the previous 911 GT2.
The 3.6 liter six-cylinder boxer engine features two variable turbine geometry turbochargers and provides power to the rear wheels exclusively through a six-speed manual gearbox. Equally impressive stopping power comes from Porsche Composite Ceramic Brakes (PCCB).
New tires were specifically developed for the 911 GT2 RS and measure 245/35 ZR 19 at the front and 325/30 ZR 19 at the rear, delivering cornering performance to match the straight-line speed. Extreme cornering dynamics are ensured by the setup of the springs, Porsche Adaptive Suspension Management (PASM), unique anti-roll bars, specific engine mounts and recalibrated Porsche Stability Management (PSM), whose stability and traction control functions can be switched off individually.
The combined effect of these developments is evident on the racetrack. In fact, the ultimate 911 accelerates from 0-60 in 3.4 seconds, boasts a top-track speed of 205 mph and laps the famed Nürburgring-Nordschleife racetrack in just 7 minutes and 18 seconds.
Unique Looks, Limited Production, Worldwide Appeal
In its looks, the new 911 GT2 RS stands out clearly from the other 911 models through the lavish use of carbon-fiber-reinforced components with a matt-black surface finish, even wider wheels (including flared wheel arches at the front), new light-alloy wheels with central locking and “GT2 RS“ model designations on the doors and rear lid. Matte-finish carbon also graces the redesigned front spoiler lip and the 3/8th of an inch (10 mm) taller rear spoiler lip – which both enhance aerodynamics and provide extra downforce.
he interior of the 911 GT2 RS also exudes sporting performance in virtually every detail. Lightweight two-piece bucket seats made of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic are standard, as are lightweight door panels with fabric straps instead of traditional door handles. The basic interior color is black, which contrasts with red elements, such as the seat center sections, the roof lining and segments of the steering wheel rim. The gearshift and handbrake lever are also finished in red alcantara.
Limited to just 500 units worldwide, the 911 GT2 RS will be available in the U.S. October 2010 and will have a MSRP of $245.000. The GT2 RS is making its world debut at the Moscow Auto Show on August 25th 2010.
[Green Carrera 2.7 RS photos taken from: Car Magazine]