The gorgeous, muscular widebody GT2 RS runs on new 245/35ZR19 and 325/30ZR19 tires, front and rear respectively, (N2 rating on the rear, with new a cord/body/compound design to stand up to the massive hp/torque loads) on light alloy centerlock wheels. Power is transmitted through a six-speed manual transmission and mechanically locking limited-slip rear differential. Yes, this machine is rear-wheel drive only; again, just as the previous GT2 and continuing the infamous “Widow-maker” line of fine cars. A Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) setup is still standard equipment too. This is a very good thing! Also, the handling dynamics were improved by recalibrating the spring rates, antiroll bars, Porsche Adaptive Suspension Management (PASM) system and Porsche Stability Management (PSM), all to work seamlessly with the awesome power.

The use of carbon-fiber-reinforced material and other lightweight components helps to achieve a weight savings of 154 pounds and a svelte wet curb weight of 3021 pounds. The hood, side hip intakes, front splitter, rear diffuser and other trim pieces are produced in a beautiful matte-finish clearcoat carbon fiber. Our test car had the optional carbon-fiber front fenders painted to match the car’s Guards Red exterior finish. The new aerodynamic package is understated, stunning on close examination and provides extra downforce too, Porsche claims an increase of over 60 percent from the GT2.

The new GT2 RS is an unbelievably well-executed and completely usable package, and definitely worthy of its titles as the “Ultimate 911” and “Porsche’s fastest street car ever.” Limited to a run of just 500 units worldwide, in the U.S. it became available in February 2011 with an MSRP of $245,000. Sadly, savvy buyers have snapped up nearly all of the small U.S. allotment. Time for some more glasses of wine, along with another gourmet meal to enable equally vivid dreams of the next supreme creation by Porsche Motorsport. Say, a limited edition GT3 RS with 500 naturally aspirated horsepower?

A special thank you to owner Pete “SavyBoy” Hitesman for allowing me to fully experience his spectacular new GT2 RS.

2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS

longitudinal rear engine, rear-wheel drive

3.6-liter flat-six, twin-turbo

6-speed manual

McPherson-strut (f), multi-link w/ five control arms (r), antiroll bars

Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) system with ventilated and cross-drilled rotors, 6-piston monobloc fixed aluminum calipers (f), 4-piston monobloc fixed aluminum calipers (r),

Length/Width/Height (in): 175.9/72.9/50.6
Wheelbase: 92.5 in.
Curb Weight: 3075 lb

MSRP: $245,000

Peak Power: 620 hp @ 6500 rpm
Peak Torque: 516 lb-ft @ 2250 rpm
0-60: 3.4 sec.
Top Speed: 205 mph

From The Hip
Plus +
An unbelievable, fully engaging and usable high-performance package
Minus -
Huge $$, and a limited edition that is now sold out

By Doug Neilson
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