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Watch this GT2 RS Hit 212 MPH on the Autobahn

There’s something both civilized and brutal about the way the GT2 RS is able to accelerate. No fuss, no drama, and yet it consumes revs with a ravenous appetite and pushes violently towards the redline regardless of the gear its in. Germany’s Sport Auto got their hands on one earlier than most of the bigger publications, and took it to the Autobahn to test its mettle.

Obviously, a rear end with spherical bearings, Porsche’s electronically-controlled locking differential, and 325-section tires pressed into the pavement would generate stellar traction, but the effortlessness with which this monster launches from a dig is still hard to fathom. Not a hint of wheelspin or any of the histrionics you might assume a motor making a tidal wave of 553 lb-ft from 2,500-4,000 rpm; it applies all that power without a hiccup. Chalk it up to good hardware and good software.

The gear changes are rapid fire and genuine motorsports-fast, and without any delay, they exploit every single one of the 700 ponies on tap. But more than horsepower and traction, it has the torque to make it a genuine highway king. Once it nips past 200 kph 124 mph) in 8.3 seconds, the needles continue climbing and they don’t stop until the RS hits a GPS-confirmed 212 mph (though the speedometer reads 221 mph/356 kph)—beating its advertised top speed by one mph. Despite the car’s considerable drag—like some bewinged bullet train firing from Weissach to Vienna—it simply never falters.

Though some feel the turbocharged RS cars lack the sonorous engine note and linearity of the normally-aspirated RS lineup, these force-fed motors have so thrust they offer their own unique experience. Barring a hybrid hypercar, a Bugatti Chiron, or a McLaren 720S, nothing really can compete above 120 miles per hour.

Considering the ease with which this car hits its top speed, this might be a familiar sight for GT2 RS owners.

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White giants

Since the launch of the 930 3.0 Turbo in 1974, the “Turbos” have been the most powerful 911s of any generation. Porsche Classic pitted the two latest air-cooled turbo 911s – the 964 Turbo 3.6 and the 993 Turbo S – against the latest 991 Turbo 150 to compare three of the best sports cars of all time.

2017 Porsche supertest: 991.2 Carrera v GTS v Turbo S

It’s just gone 7am on a bright autumnal morning as I roll out onto the public road, some retracting black gates and a bright red ‘PORSCHE’ script atop a grey building behind filling the rear view mirrors of my 991.2 Carrera. Before long the customary visual of Porsche Centre Reading, the home of Porsche Cars Great Britain, is well out of sight, a plethora of shiny cars among its grandiose setting swapped for the derriere of a British motorway.

All is not lost, however, for I feel like a large proportion of the showroom has accompanied me on my trip due north. This is because out the windscreen of my GT Silver Carrera I’m treated to the glare of that red connecting strip of a tail light adorning an identically hued C4 GTS, while in front of that, the super-wide hips of a Miami blue Turbo S occupies the horizon. It’s Supertest time for Total 911 once again, which means your favourite Porsche magazine has custody of the three Neunelfers in question for two days of full-on driving as part of our sojourn to the twisty roads in Britain’s Peak District.

As our Supertest is prone to showing, there are many ways to skin a cat, so to speak, such is the 911’s dexterity to offer different driving experiences from what is essentially one car concept. This is something Porsche’s iconic sports car has always been renowned for: right from its early, pre-impact bumper days, those ‘T’, ‘E’ and ’S’ models offered vastly different flavours of the 911 philosophy. This remains true today, for while these three 911s on test are all from the latest 991.2 generation, the reality is they couldn’t be more different, varying significantly in terms of power output, chassis dimensions, spec and, of course, value.

The mention of those T, E, and S models is no accident, either. Representing the entry-level, middle-of-the-road and top-spec incarnation of 911 from 1965-1973, it’s a model lineup Total 911 has sought to mimic closely here, choosing the Carrera, GTS and Turbo S as the modern-day interpretations of those original T, E and S cars. Why no GT 911s, you may ask? Well, we discarded them from the lineup as, let’s face it, you can’t just walk into a Porsche Centre and readily buy one like you can a Carrera or Turbo. So, that’s the scene justifiably set: the mission of our 2017 Supertest then is to look at the entire breadth of the non-GT lineup in search of the model with the greatest 911 value for money.

Click here to read the full article of our 2017 Supertest, or download via the Apple or Android newsstands. 

Porsche 911 GT2 RS : 700 chevaux très bien dressés

Essai. La GT2 RS démontre qu’une « bonne vieille 911 » peut se montrer dix secondes plus rapide qu’une 918 Spyder sur la boucle nord du Nürburgring !

Porsche 991.2 Turbo S Is All About Speed And Confidence

« I love this car so much« , Matt Farah says of the 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo S, and we can’t exactly blame him. The widebody bruiser is a mega machine, potentially the only Grand Touring Supercar in the world. With a sub-3 second zero to 60 time and a top speed over 200 miles per hour, it smashes basically anything from Ferrari or Lamborghini or McLaren, and it does it from the comfortable and spacious [ostensibly] four-seat interior that 911 fanatics will know and love. It’s an incredibly capable Porsche, but remains functional as a daily driver or long-haul highway cruiser if you so desire.

The 991.2 Turbo S is an evolutionary change on the Turbo formula from the 991.1 Turbo S that preceded it, but more of the same isn’t always bad. Matt makes a valid point in this video, however, pointing out that the current 991.2 Carrera GTS feels quite similar to the Turbo proper, as the flat torque curve signature of a turbocharged engine is now shared across all 911s. When you aren’t driving it at ten-tenths, perhaps the less expensive GTS would be the right choice, but when you really want the extra couple hundred horsepower the Turbo S is what you’ll need. Matt Farah found out by punching the throttle, exclaiming, « It’s faster than I am. I can assure you that. » He’s not wrong, either. Matt is a pretty quick driver, but not many drivers are as good as the Turbo S potentially can be.

Of everything in the Porsche lineup right now, the Turbo S is the one that calls to us most. It’s the model that is most true to its progenitor’s original intent. The first 911 Turbo way back in the early 1970s was maniacally fast, deadly serious in its pursuit of ultimate speed, and still somehow comfortable enough to be driven regularly; that is, if you could keep your foot conservative on the throttle pedal. This stunning full-width Porsche looks all the better in an ostentatious 1970s-esque color like Miami Blau. The $200,000 price tag is a bit much, but considering the cars it competes with cost sometimes twice as much, perhaps it’s a bargain?

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GT2 RS Proves More Civil Than Imagined

I have to be honest. The first few times I watched Matt Prior’s reviews, I felt a little underwhelmed. Here was a middle-aged man with a gift for language, seated behind the alcantara-wrapped wheel of an exciting sports car, and somehow he made this divine piece of machinery seem clinical, bland, and practical. Yet, the more I listen to him, the more his approach speaks to me. Simply put, his enthusiasm is just thinly veiled by a little English reticence, but his appreciation for the mundane points, and the way he sheds light on the duller (yet valuable) aspects of a six-figure sports car implies decades of experience.

So, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the first of the big-name publications’ reviews of the GT2 RS is not full of fireworks. Instead, Prior, mumbling over the uncharacteristically loud rumble of the flat-six behind him, describes the everyday experience offered by Porsche’s fastest production car to date.

But Prior also acknowledges the usability offered by the latest iteration of a Porsche that has always been spoken of in hushed tones. The GT2 — especially the 997-generation RS — has always been considered an uncompromising weapon with sharp edges and little cushioning— »unhinged » is the word Prior chooses.

The outrageous figures and the Nurburgring lap time of the GT2 RS speak for themselves. The 991-generation RS is something that not only smokes tires and greys hairs, it’s also the first of the GT2 lineage with a hint of civility—and perhaps there’s nobody better than Prior to point that out.

Photo credit: Autocar

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Une mystérieuse Porsche 911 GT2 RS surprise

La récente Porsche 911 GT2 RS impose de nouveaux repères. Mais Porsche serait-il en train de préparer un dérivé encore plus performant ? C’est en tout cas l’interrogation qui peut se poser à la découverte d’une Porsche 911, manifestée dérivée de la 911 GT2 RS, qui a tout récemment été surprise en essais. Celle-ci se […]

Cet article Une mystérieuse Porsche 911 GT2 RS surprise est apparu en premier sur le blog auto.

2018 Porsche 991 GT2 RS first drive review

It has smashed the Nurburgring production car lap time, the 6 minutes 47.3 seconds it monstered around Germany’s most famous track a high bar indeed. Riding on suspension virtually unchanged from a 911 Cup racer in Nurburgring specification the ball jointed, adjustable race dampers and the addition of rear-wheel steering inevitably played a huge part in that time.

Then there’s the 700hp on offer from its heavily reworked, water-spray intake cooled 3.8-litre twin-turbo flat-six. Then there’s the fact it’s sandwiched between a huge rear wing and some underbody aero. The net effect of that, as well as the pouting, posturing aero up front that allows over 450kg of downforce at 211mph – more if you play around with the big wing’s angle of attack.

Senior stuff, but then the GT2 RS has always been a bit unhinged. It’s Porsche’s GT department’s riposte to those commentators who say they’ve lost the focus on speed over purity. And it’s an unequivocal one, the GT2 RS the most powerful, fastest production 911 ever. It reaches 62mph in 2.8 seconds, 124mph in 8.3, passing 186mph at 22.1 seconds and not letting up all the way to its v-max.There’s rear-wheel drive, less weight, and fast-shifting PDK, the RS badge dictating all of those, it a visual as well as a physical assault on all of your senses.

That near racecar specification should result in calamitous manners on the road. It just doesn’t, the revelation with the GT2 RS not the incredible performance, but the chassis. Taut, controlled, it steers with real accuracy, the GT2 RS’s nose eager to turn in, the wheel weighted beautifully and communicating exactly what those front wheels are doing. That rear-axle steer helps with its sensational agility, the grip huge, the traction mighty. Push it harder and it’s got the potential to be playful, too.

While all that imbues it a pervading sense of menace, as is correct for a GT2 RS, for all its lunacy there’s civility, or, more correctly sophistication. The GT2 RS is a car that works on the road, allowing, where possible, to use its performance. The engine’s power is relentless, the physicality of its force in the laugh out loud and swear sphere.

Yes, it lacks the exotic high-revving nature and aural appeal of its naturally aspirated GT stable mates, but counters with any rev punch, eye-widening pace and a bass-rich soundtrack that fills the stripped, caged cabin. As Andreas Preuninger says: “it’s the alpha 911,” and he’s not wrong. For the most comprehensive review of the GT2 RS from anywhere on the newsstand, pick up issue 160 of Total 911, in shops November 29.

New Porsche 911 GT2 RS review – monstrous performance drives 911 to a new level

The ultimate road-going 911: fast, ferocious, surprisingly accessible but with a real sting in the tail.

Official: 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T

Earlier this week, Porsche launched a brand new model, the Porsche 911 Carrera T. Think 911 R, but with less power and for the masses! The ‘T’ nomenclature was actually used back in 1968 for a purest, rear wheel drive 911 with minimal weight, a manual gearbox and rear-wheel drive. The ‘T’ stands for Touring. […]

Official: 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T

 

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