Porsche has made its presence known at the Goodwood Festival of Speed by unleashing the most powerful street-legal 911 ever. The 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS delivers 700 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque from its 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat-six.
Thanks to the new engine, the 911 GT2 RS hits 60 mph in a Porsche-estimated 2.7 seconds. On the track, top speed is 211 mph. Compare that to the outgoing 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS, which was estimated to hit 3.4 seconds and a top track speed of 205 mph. Most impressively, the new model has a 80-hp and 37 lb-ft advantage over its predecessor.
Based on the engine in the 911 Turbo S, the engine in the new GT2 RS boosts performance even further with a new additional cooling system and larger turbos that push a greater volume of air into the combustion chambers. The flat-six pairs to a custom GT seven-speed PDK transmission.
The car's chassis accommodates rear axle steering and has been specifically tuned for the spirited driving this car will undertake. To improve performance, the rear-drive 911 GT2 RS features large air intakes, a large rear wing, ceramic composite brakes, and 265/35 ZR 20 tires up front with 325/30 ZR 21 tires in the rear. Carbon fiber reinforced plastics can be found on the front fenders, wheel housing vents, rear quarter panel air intakes, and other areas. The front luggage compartment is also made of carbon fiber, and the standard roof panel boasts a magnesium construction. A lightweight titanium exhaust system weighs about 15 pounds less than the system in the 911 Turbo, just one update that helps keep the car's weight as low as possible to 3,241 pounds. To shave off an extra 40 pounds, buyers can opt for the $31,000 Weissach package. For this price, you'll receive magnesium wheels as well as a carbon fiber roof and anti-roll bars.
Red Alcantara, black leather, and carbon fiber accents fill the cabin. Both driver and passenger getfull bucket seats with carbon fiber reinforced backrests. Audio, navigation, and other creature comforts are also part of the interior. The standard Porsche Track Precision app enables drivers to record and analyze their driving data on their smartphones, while the optional Chrono Package gets a built-in performance display for viewing, saving, and evaluating lap times.
Although we'll have to wait several months, we can expect to see this sports caron our shores. The 2018 Prosche 911 GT2 RS goes on sale here in early 2018. Prices start at a whopping $294,250.