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911 991.2 [2015 – ]

Porsche Will Build More GT2 RS Models After Ship Wreck

The stricken cargo vessel was carrying hundreds of cars, among them some very valuable 911s.

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VIDEO – Une McLaren 720S affronte deux Porsche 911 Turbo S

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Nico Rosberg Drag Races a GT2 RS Against a Tesla Model 3 Performance in Monaco!

 

Two potent sports cars face off in an unusual but gorgeous setting.

With the backdrop of the clustered highrises and the turquoise Mediterranean, the 2016 Formula 1 Champion demonstrates just how capable the latest Silicon Valley supercar is against the current ‘Ring King. Nico Rosberg, who hasn’t slowed down much since his retirement from racing in 2016, takes great pride in showing us just where the future of motoring is headed. Some might not be too pleased with the forecast.

The Tesla is bringing a lot to this fight. The twin-engined Model 3 Performance enjoys 450 horsepower, all-wheel drive, immense torque from zero, and an advertised 0-60 time of just 3.2 seconds. With a slippery Monaco pier used as the drag strip, perhaps the Porsche was at a major disadvantage putting that power down from a dig, but it nonetheless demonstrated the versatility and accessibility of the Tesla. Wherever there’s a relatively straight piece of road, every electrified pony can be administered to the pavement without so much as a hiccup.

Given a stickier surface and a longer runway, the GT2 RS’ horsepower advantage would’ve undoubtedly shown through and carried it ahead, though it should be said that it was just barely beaten. However, the Tesla’s real-world performance can trump the GT2 RS’ otherworldly thrust in less-than-ideal conditions—if drag racing down a Monégasque pier could ever be considered less than ideal.

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This 1,200 HP Porsche 911 Could Set A Unique Speed Record

Custom-built Porsche 911 Turbo S will attempt something special.

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993 v 991: wild Porsche GT2s

The year 1994 offered something of a step change for Porsche Motorsport. After multiple notable racing successes with naturally aspirated 911s such as the Carrera RSR and RS 3.8, the company once again turned its attention to turbocharging for elite GT racing. A new car was born out of the 993 generation, wider and wilder than ever before. The name given to this new high-performance 911 was simply the racing class it was to participate in: let us say hello once again to the now-legendary 993 GT2.

However, these cars were badged ‘GT’ – as can be seen below its huge rear wing. To compete in this class Porsche had to manufacture and homologate a street version, which became available as early as April of 1995. Little did Porsche and 911 enthusiasts know at the time, but it would become an absolute icon of a car, and one of the most sought-after today.

Unlike the car it was based on – the new 993 Turbo – the GT2 offered 22bhp more and offered a host of upgrades to the drivetrain, body, suspension and equipment, to name but a few. The big news was that the GT2 would be rear-wheel drive only, the 200kg weight loss over a Turbo mainly being attributed to this change. With the GT2 Porsche had made it perfectly clear it was not about to relinquish the ominous widowmaker moniker too easily. Rear-wheel-drive 911 Turbos were until then aimed at the more experienced driver, but the change to four-wheel drive left a gap at the very top of the 911 range, one that was to be filled by the motorsport-inspired GT2 street car.

Fast forward more than 20 years and until recently customers had to look to the naturally aspirated GT3 RS model to have race-inspired thrills. However, as a final swansong to the 991 range, Andreas Preuninger and his GT team developed and manufactured the most powerful production 911 to date. One can ramble on about the finer details of this machine, which you would have read in previous issues of Total 911, but there is no better way to sum it up than the 6:47.25 time the 991 GT2 RS set around the infamous Nürburgring Nordschleife.

In South Africa where the owner of both these exquisite cars opens the garage door, I find myself subconsciously drifting towards the 993 GT2 first. The door feels light in my hand as I pull its handle. I lower myself into the Recaro bucket seat and shut the door, the thud reminiscent of a whole era of air-cooled Porsche. The seat offers side support from your hips all the way up to your shoulders – the goosebumps on my forearms already demonstrate this is an exceptional place to be!

The cabin is basic, but not Clubsport or race car basic; after all, this is the more comfortable ‘Strasse’ specification. However, there are no rear seats, only carpets with the neat ‘GT’ inscription, as is the case on the back of the car below the rear wing. The cabin is compact – you sit close to the dashboard and windscreen in classic 911 guise. I hold the leather-trimmed, three-spoke steering wheel, impressed by the fact there is not a button in sight.

I’ve been privileged enough to have driven a few 993 GT2s before, and every time it is a particularly memorable occasion. Today is no different. A quick peek in the side mirror gets me all excited again as those monstrous, tacked-on wheel arches fill the view. These were added to enable the GT2’s enormous 11-inch-wide wheels to fit under its arches.

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