The blazingly powerful 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS made its debut during the 2017 Goodwood festival of Speed. As was expected, the new GT2 RS is the most powerful and the fastest street-legal model ever created by Porsche. At the heart of this beast is a 700-horsepower bi-turbo flat engine that unleashes terror whenever the pedal meets the metal.
See, it’s not usual for automakers to debut with a panoply of vehicles when they show up at racing festivals like the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Porsche, this year however, showed up with a parade of machines, including the 919 LMP1, the new 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series, and the 1978 935 Moby Dick race car.
Unbeknown to many, this was setting the stage for the unleashing of the most insane-sounding, most expensive, and most powerful 911 ever produced by the automotive giant – the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS.
Its immediate predecessor was the short-lived GT2 RS 2011 that was then considered crazy. Crazy because it was fitted with a powerful 3.6L six-cylinder engine able to generate a mind-dizzying 620 horsepower and 516 pounds-feet of torque. Furthermore, it weighed just 3,085 pounds, and could hit 60 mph from standstill in just 3.3 seconds and continue zooming its way to reach a top speed of 209 mph.
It was accompanied by much news hyperbole as soon as it debuted: “a 620-horsepower, rear-wheel-drive terror,” “the most serious 911 Porsche ever created,” “Porsche at its wildest extremes,” “Porsche redefines the boundaries of speed.”
Almost a decade on, it appears automotive news outlets may have to find even more clever ways to describe “terror,” reason being the automaker has once again moved the boundaries of what is considered normal in terms of power output. As previously mentioned, the new 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS comes equipped with a six-cylinder 3.8L engine capable of producing a staggering 700 horsepower and 553 pounds-feet of torque.
The engine, according to Porsche, gets its inspiration from the 911 Turbo’s engine but with a lightweight titanium exhaust system, additional charge-cooling, a water injection, and larger turbos.
But in order to achieve such unholy output, the new 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS has to undergo some dieting. As a matter of fact, Porsche brags that even with a full tank, the GT2 RS only weighs 3241 pounds. This would be 92 pounds more than the lightweight GT3, and just 300 pounds less than the Turbo S Coupe.
Only 2.7 seconds is needed by this machine to catapult from 0-60 mph. The top speed is electronically limited to 211 mph.
2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS Review
- interior redesign
- exterior design
- engine specs
- price & release date
2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS Interior Redesign
The interior is downright sporty and the passenger compartment is dominated by standard carbon-weave finish, black leather and red Alcantara.
Quick and sporty gear shifts are possible because of the stylishly designed gearshift paddles that are integrated on the GT2 RS steering wheel. There’s ample room for the driver and the passenger who are accommodated by the full bucket seats with carbon-weave finish.
Communication, navigation, and audio controls are all centralized on the Porsche Communication Management system. Moreover, the driver can record and analyze the driving experience through the Porsche Track Precision app and the Connect Plus model that can interlink with a smartphone.
As you might guessed right, the Chrono package is also available for the new 2018 GT2 RS. The Chrono package builds on the features already available on the PCM platform and includes the ability to evaluate, save, and display track times. Both analogue and digital stopwatches are also available.
Exterior Design & Dimensions
The exterior dimensions are as follows: length – 179.4 inches, width – 80.4 inches, and wheelbase – 99.1 inches.
Visually, the new 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS is one that makes any competitor seem quaint. The redesign changes the new model has had traverses nearly every surface resulting in a fiendishly and extreme rendition over its previous predecessor.
To kick things off, the front features GT3 RS-styled design that basically combines the “frunk” panel constructed from carbon fiber, and front fender vents with a front clip resulting in one enormous, 3-part grille.
Carbon fiber has mostly been used in rendering the body-side air intakes, mirror caps, decklid and much of the rear valance, while the roof is made from magnesium. To assist in downforce, the engine cover has been integrated with a massive rear spoiler.
2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS Engine Specs
As previously mentioned, the new vehicle comes fitted with a 3.8L flat-six cylinder engine capable of producing a whopping 700 ponies @7,000 rpm and 553 pounds feet of torque @2,500 rpm. This power should be able to make it get from 0-60 mph in just 2.7 seconds and thereafter go on to achieve a top speed of 211 mph.
Needless to say, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS 2018 remains a rear wheel drive sports car.
Price & Release Date
As already told, the new model is set to be the most expensive Porsche ever produced in the brands history. Without any options ticked, the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS price should be expected to start from $294,250. Those with money to burn can opt for the Weissach package that requires another $31,000.
Buyers anxious enough to get their hands on the 2018 911 GT2 RS can start placing their orders as Porsche has already confirmed an early 2018 release date.
As has been the tradition, the new 2018 GT2 RS model from Porsche will continue to keep sport car lovers pretty busy, at least for this model year in anticipation for more surprises in the future. The combination of barely civil sensibilities and track-ready components make this thing an absolute monster.
Nevertheless, critics may however have something to talk about especially considering its price tag and the practicality of the Weissach package.