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Porsche 911 GT2 RS Appears At Goodwood

04 July 2017

A claimed 340kmh also sees the new Porsche match the plug-in-hybrid powered 918 Spyder on top speed, making it not only the fastest accelerating but also joint fastest series production Porsche model yet.

Porsche has released a new video of its hardcore 911 GT2 RS running at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

As for the other auto featured in the adjacent video, it's Porsche's second debut at the festival, the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series. Since this 911 is all about performance, it had to be light weight. The package includes magnesium wheels and even more carbon fibre - the roof and anti-roll bars are just two parts of the auto that are fashioned out of the lightweight material when this package is equipped.

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The Weissach package adds an additional $31,000 to the car's base price of $293,200. This includes a carbon fibre roof, anti-roll bars and coupling rods on both axles. It also runs the same sized wheels and tyres as the 911 GT3 RS, with 20-inch centre locking rims up front shod with 265/35 tyres and 21-inch wheels at the rear with 325/30 profile rubber. These are attached to ceramic composite brakes and linked to an active suspension that includes a special Sport Mode setting created to help the racing chassis optimize its dynamic cornering performance. Even the side has been restyled with more prominent character lines.

In a bid to trim weight, the bonnet, front wings, exterior mirror housings and numerous air duct surrounds are carbonfibre. The engine lid also receives additional two cooling ducts, an integrated ducktail-style spoiler and a large adjustable rear wing - all reminiscent of those already seen on the 911 GT3.

Inside too, the racy theme is carried ahead. The carbon-weave finish will be offered as standard.

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Porsche has yet to reveal the full technical specification of its new range topping 911 model but confirms it retains the four-wheel steering system from the 911 Turbo and comes as standard with carbon-ceramic brakes.

Porsche's Track Precision app is also included as standard, enabling detailed recording, display and analysis of driving data on a smartphone. When we did the previous coverage on the 2018 GT2 RS, we did mention that it might be powered by a 640PS motor.

We live in an era where Porsche keeps churning world-class performance cars and the upcoming 991.2 GT3 RS is the living proof. The motor spits out 700PS (up by 80PS) and generates 750Nm (up by 50Nm) when compared to its predecessor. Those deletions cut weight to 1,470 kg with a full tank of gas, and allow the vehicle to sprint from zero to 100 km/h in an astonishing 2.8 seconds with the help of the dual-clutch PDK transmission. The 0-62mph sprint is dispatched in 2.8 seconds, with top speed a claimed 211mph. It also gets a specially developed exhaust system that is made from extra-lightweight titanium and weighs around seven kilograms less than the system used in the 911 Turbo.

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The design of the new 911 GT2 RS closely follows that of the two-year-old 911 GT3 RS. The clock face is made of carbon, while the design of the time display is similar to the instrument cluster and the tachometer. It will reach United States dealers by early 2018 and then might arrive in India in the following months.

Porsche 911 GT2 RS Appears At Goodwood