LEAKED: Pics and Video of 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS: 620HP!
Apparently, some people have been worried Porsche has lost its way, citing the Cayenne and Panamera as evidence of a softer, family-oriented Porsche that cares more about producing profit than producing the kinds of cars that made them an icon. If you were one of these people I would hope the brilliant Cayman S, Turbo or Boxster Spyder would have helped you sleep at night, but if not then this should; it’s the 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS.
Remember what RS means? Less weight, more power, roll-cages, rear-wheel drive. The “normal” GT2 has 530hp and was described by Jeremy Clarkson as simply, “too hot to handle.” Well Clarkson always says power solves everything, so maybe he’ll like this one, because it has 90 more horses, totalling at 620hp. Weighing 2 chihuahuas over 3000lbs (3,020), that turbo beast in the back will send you to 60 in 3.4 seconds and keep running to 205mph. For those of you playing the home game, it’s the fastest and most powerful Porsche ever.(Yes, it beats the Carrera GT.)
But an “RS” is about more than just power. When Porsche puts that badge on a car it doesn’t mean they cranked up the boost and went home. It means a balance of speed with agility. They’ve changed the shocks, sway bars, and fine-tuned the Porsche Stability Management (PSM) software. There’s 2 driver-selectable driving modes (Normal, Sport) and you can control the PSM system separately from the ABS for track driving.
And track driving is absolutely what this car is for. This is not a commute-friendly supercar like an R8. They had to have tires designed specifically for this car. You do not want to drive this to your vacation house on a rainy night. Take it to the track however, and it will lead a pack of the best. And I mean the best. It lapped the ‘Ring in 7:18. That’s faster than a Ferrari Enzo, MC12, Zonda F Clubsport or the puffy-chested production king, the Viper ACR.
If you like Porsche’s customization program – like picking the color of your anti-freeze – you’re out of luck. The exterior looks like the regular GT2, but the hood, splitter, wing and intakes are now carbon fiber. Four colors are available (black, white, red, silver) with “RS” badging on the doors. Inside is a bath of red and black Alcantara. Weight-saving CFRP was used for the seats, and those simple door straps from the Boxster Spyder were also chosen to keep weight down. The mandatory RS roll cage sits just behind you.
I have no doubt 1 of the 500 examples made will test that roll bar. If the GT2 was a handful, this car will probably require a leash and tranquilizer gun to control. It costs $245,000, weeding out the poor but not the untalented. I’m sure all 500 will be scooped up quickly. The 2011 Porsche GT2 RS harkens back to the hey-days of Porsche. It’s a poweferful, unpredictable, RWD, turbo-fed wolf that has the clothes of a sheep (ok, a bad-ass sheep). Porsche has not lost it’s way, it’s just moving too fast to be seen. Sleep well.