2011 Porsche GT2 RS Preview

Jeff Youngs | Dec 31, 2010
FAST FACTS
  • Rear-wheel drive and 620 horsepower
  • 0-60 in 3.4 seconds; top speed of 205 mph
  • Power-to-weight ratio of 4.9 pounds per horsepower
  • Porsche Composite Ceramic Brakes (PCCB) standard

Highlights

2011 Porsche GT2 RS
  • Fourth-generation GT2 model
  • Twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter flat-6
  • Weight pared down to 3,020 pounds
  • 6-speed manual transmission only
  • Lightweight, 2-piece bucket racing seats
  • Lightweight door panels with fabric straps replacing door pulls
  • Liberal use of carbon fiber

Introduction

2011 Porsche GT2 RSThere was a time when the 911 Turbo occupied the top spot among Porsche's highest-performing sports cars. That changed in 1994, when the automaker introduced the GT2. Unlike the all-wheel-drive 911 Turbo, a model that had become heavier over time as it moved towards a Grand Touring classification, the GT2 utilized a rear-wheel-drive platform that was originally intended to meet stringent rules for motorsport racing. With track performance as a priority, the list of standard performance enhancements was improved while numerous amenities were removed. Lightened and more powerful, the first-generation GT2 featured radical widened fenders, a large rear wing, and tremendous performance.

Four generations later, the German automaker has introduced the 2011 Porsche GT2 RS model. Not only is it the new top of the 911 hierarchy, but with production limited to just 500 units worldwide, it is also the most exclusive Porsche model.


Overview

2011 Porsche GT2 RSUnder the rear decklid of the 2011 Porsche GT2 RS is a twin-turbocharged, 3.6-liter flat-6 engine rated at 620 horsepower-90 more horsepower than its predecessor brought to the table. As the vehicle has shed 154 pounds (down to only 3,020 pounds), the power-to-weight ratio is just 4.9 pounds per horsepower. Tipping its hat toward traditionalists, Porsche only offers one transmission with the GT2 RS: a 6-speed manual gearbox.

The sum of the parts add up to acceleration of just 3.4 seconds to 60 mph, as the rear-wheel-drive GT2 sprints toward its top speed of 205 mph, according to Porsche. However, it is interesting to note that the 911 Turbo is still quicker to 60 mph, thanks to the increased traction of all-wheel drive during launch from rest and the availability of Porsche's "PDK" dual-clutch automatic transmission.

To accommodate the power, Porsche revised the suspension and springs, fitted unique anti-roll bars, and included Porsche Adaptive Suspension Management (PASM) as standard equipment. The automaker also developed special tires for its flagship 911. They measure 245/35ZR19 up front and 325/30ZR19 at the rear. Lastly, Porsche Composite Ceramic Brakes (PCCB) are standard fitment on the GT2 RS.

Technology

2011 Porsche GT2 RSNearly all of the cosmetic body panel enhancements that differentiate the GT2 RS from its standard siblings are made of carbon fiber-a lightweight, but very strong, composite. The components include wider front wheel arches, a redesigned front lip spoiler, and a slightly taller rear spoiler lip-all of which function to enhance aerodynamics and provide additional downforce. The interior is fitted with lightweight, 2-piece bucket racing seats and lightweight door panels with fabric straps replacing traditional door handles. The carbon-fiber material is an expensive alternative to traditional materials, but it saves weight, increases performance, and improves handling dynamics on the Porsche GT2 RS.
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