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Spied! Porsche 911 GT2 RS Conducts Winter Testing

The most bonkers version of the 991-generation 911 takes shape

Stefan Ogbac
Mar 11, 2016

After reading this news piece from our sister publication Motor Trend, here are the actual facts we know, from the photos. Porsche is testing a 911 Turbo equipped with the optional Aerokit, 5-lug wheels, a black hood and different exhaust tips. Do these things make me think the car in the photos is a GT2RS test mule? NO. Could it be a GT2RS test mule? Sure, and it probably is. Why do I think that? Well because these spy photographers are shockingly well informed. Sometimes knowing exactly where to be and when, quite often in the middle of nowhere and just being lucky enough to catch a car sitting still for several minutes at a time.

The question some of you are asking is does Porsche even need a faster car when the 911 Turbo S already gets to 60mph in about 2.5 seconds and runs 10s in the quarter? YES, of course they do. Why? Because people will buy them. Not only will people buy them, people will line up to buy them and pay more than Porsche prints on the window sticker for them. Porsche will get more orders than cars it can build. With Porsche being a business, it would stupid and irresponsible for it not to build this money fountain.

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But back to our friends at Motor Trend. I have no reason to think this news piece is wrong, but I also have no reason to think it’s right either. The photos themselves are uninteresting and really don’t reveal much. I don’t know if I’m staring too hard trying to see something, but it almost looks as if this car has the indented hood from a GT3RS. I am going to ask my coworker how he came up with the 700 hp number from the exhaust tips sticking out further.

I generally don’t need an excuse to fantasize about a 700 horsepower 911 from the factory, but I can think of worse ways than seeing photos of a snow-covered turbo. - Febbo

Our spy photographers have caught a Porsche 911 GT2 RS prototype winter testing and hiding under modified 911 Turbo bodywork. The 997-generation 911 GT2 was one of the most powerful versions of Porsche's iconic sports car, generating up to 620 hp in RS guise. In these photos, we're seeing what we can only assume is the successor to that twin-turbocharged, rear-drive monster.

The first clue that this prototype isn't just a 911 Turbo is its oversized, round quad exhausts, which stick out much farther. This could mean the 991-generation 911 GT2 and GT2 RS will pack more punch than its predecessor, and the twin-turbo flat-six could potentially produce up to 700 hp. Expect the car to also gain an aero kit like past 911 GT2s, including a fixed rear wing for improved downforce.

Up front, you'll find another giveaway that this prototype is a 911 GT2 RS: the black-painted hood, which looks similar to the black-painted carbon fiber piece found on the previous-generation RS. Though we're seeing the RS before the standard GT2, expect both variants to be offered. You can also likely expect the next 911 GT2 and GT2 RS to be limited-run models like their predecessors. While a six-speed manual transmission was the only gearbox available in the outgoing GT2 and GT2 RS, the new model could possibly be offered with Porsche's PDK dual-clutch automatic in addition to the stick.

Photo Source: CarPix

By Stefan Ogbac
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