The Forza Motorsport team made history about two weeks ago when Dan Greenawalt (creative director) revealed the Porsche 911 GT2 RS on stage at the Xbox E3 press conference, the first time a major automotive reveal ever happened at a video game-related event.
Though since then, Porsche has remained oddly quiet about the GT2 RS. Many were expecting them to flood the interwebs with information after the car debuted at the Xbox event; instead there was silence.
Today, Porsche finally released an official press release for the 911 GT2 RS and we are starting to get some much needed details.
The first thing of note is that Porsche says that the 2018 911 GT2 is the most powerful 911 model they’ve ever made.
How powerful? Try 700 horsepower and 553 ft-lbs of torque! All that grunt comes from a re-worked version of the 3.8 liter twin-turbo flat six found in the current 911 Turbo S model.
The GT2 RS’ engine has larger turbochargers than the Turbo S and a unique cooling system which sprays water on the intercoolers when they get too hot.
As per usual with “RS” models all of the power goes to the rear wheels so if you’re going to drive this thing hard you’d better know what you’re doing.
Though purists might be sad to hear that the 2018 911 GT2 RS does not come with an option for a manual transmission and only Porsche’s PDK gearbox is available.
Its power and its weight of 3,241lbs help the GT2 RS get from 0 to 60mph in 2.7 seconds.
The GT2 RS features rear axle steering to enhance cornering and features many other electronic chassis options that can be turned on or off depending on your mood.
Despite the GT2 RS’ relatively light weight, an additional 40lbs can be saved if buyers opt for the “Weissach” package.
The package includes forged magnesium wheels, carbon fiber anti-roll bars, and a carbon fiber roof.
All great items but none of it comes cheap as the Weissach package will cost an additional $31,000.
Oh, there’s one more thing. With each purchase of the 911 GT2 RS, Porsche will throw in a limited edition Porsche Design titanium chronograph.
The 700HP Porsche and the matching watch can all be had for a mere $293,000! Though, the Weissach package will send that price easily over $300k.
Don’t be too down if you can’t afford it. Even if you had the money to buy the GT2 RS, its probably already sold out via preferred customer pre-orders anyway.
Those who are lucky enough to pick one of these up can expect to have their cars delivered in early 2018.
The rest of us will just have to admire this car from afar or check out some pictures and video which can be found below as well as the official press release.
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June 30, 2017
New 2018 911 GT2 RS with 700 hp, rear-wheel drive, race-bred chassis, and rear axle steering
Atlanta, Georgia. The fastest and most powerful street-legal 911 model ever is ready for launch: The new 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS is celebrating its official world premiere at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK from June 30th to July 2nd. At the heart of this high-performance sports car is a 700-horsepower twin-turbo flat-six engine. Weighing in at 3,241 pounds with a full tank of fuel, the lightweight two-seater accelerates from zero to 60 miles per hour in 2.7 seconds. The new 911 GT2 RS can reach a top track speed of 211 miles per hour, and it surpasses the 2011 911 GT2 RS by 80 horsepower. The 2018 911 GT2 RS delivers 553 lb.-ft. of torque, an increase of 37 lb.-ft. compared to the previous 911 GT2 RS.
The 3.8-liter engine in the GT2 RS is based on the power plant found in the current 911 Turbo S model. In order to increase performance further, larger turbochargers push an increased volume of air into the combustion chambers. A new additional cooling system delivers optimum cooling at peak loads by spraying water on the intercoolers when the intake air temperature reaches a determined threshold. This reduces the inlet temperature under boost and allows for optimum power output, even under extreme conditions. The customized GT seven-speed double-clutch Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission in the new GT2 RS enables maximum efficiency with uninterrupted torque transfer. The specially developed lightweight titanium exhaust system weighs around 15 pounds less than the system used in the 911 Turbo and delivers a particularly emotional sound.
Porsche Design is celebrating the debut of this very special high-performance sports car by releasing a special-issue watch. Offering a nod to the world of motorsport, the Porsche Design 911 GT2 RS watch is exclusively available to owners of the new vehicle and can only be ordered in conjunction with the new GT model.
Race-bred chassis for exceptional cornering
The 2018 911 GT2 RS has exceptional dry grip thanks to its race-bred chassis with rear axle steering and Ultra High Performance (UHP) tires. The stability management system is tuned for spirited driving in the new 911 GT2 RS. The PSM can be deactivated in two stages using the ESC OFF and ESC+TC OFF functions. Large air intakes and outlets and the striking rear wing underscore the emphasis on aerodynamics and down-force. The large, wide wheels with 265/35 ZR 20 tires at the front and 325/30 ZR 21 tires at the rear help ensure outstanding braking and cornering potential. The 911 GT2 RS features Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) as standard. The front fenders, wheel housing vents, outer shells on the Sport Design exterior mirrors, air intakes on the rear quarter panels, and parts of the rear are made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), as are many of the interior components. The front luggage compartment lid is also made from carbon fiber to make the vehicle as light as possible, while the standard roof panel is made from magnesium. Both of these body panels feature a visible recess in the center, a design element previously used on the 2016 911 GT3 RS.
Optional Weissach package saves 40 pounds of weight
The optional Weissach package reduces weight by nearly 40 pounds, further enhancing the vehicle dynamics of the 911 GT2 RS. The package includes magnesium wheels and numerous elements made of carbon fiber. For instance, with this optional package, the roof and anti-roll bars are made of carbon fiber, as are the end links on both axles. The 911 GT2 RS forged magnesium wheels reduce both overall and unsprung weight by over 25 pounds, complementing the vehicle’s handling characteristics. When equipped with the Weissach Package, the carbon fiber weave of the luggage compartment lid and the roof are left largely exposed, and are painted with a centrally placed decorative strip in the vehicle color for a distinctive look. The Weissach package is optionally available with an MSRP of $31,000.
A truly sporty interior
The interior of the 911 GT2 RS is dominated by red Alcantara®, black leather, and carbon fiber trim pieces as standard. The GT2 RS Sport steering wheel with shift paddles is also included as standard. Drivers and passengers can experience the driving dynamics of the high-performance sports car in Full Bucket Seats with carbon fiber reinforced backrests, which offer a high level of comfort and lateral support. As in every 911 model, Porsche Communication Management (PCM) serves as the central control unit for audio, navigation, and communication. Porsche Connect Plus and the Porsche Track Precision app are also included as standard, enabling detailed recording, display, and analysis of driving data on a smartphone.
The optional Chrono Package expands the PCM functions to include a performance display, which can be used to display, save, and evaluate lap times. The package also includes a stopwatch on the dashboard featuring an analog and digital display. The Chrono Package on the 911 GT2 RS also provides preparation for the lap trigger available from Porsche Tequipment. When using the Porsche Track Precision app in conjunction with the infrared transmitter placed at the side of the track, the lap trigger receiver enables drivers to record lap times with a higher level of precision.
Exclusive watch for owners: Porsche Design 911 GT2 RS Chronograph
Porsche Design has teamed up with Porsche Motorsport to develop the 911 GT2 RS Chronograph exclusively for 911 GT2 RS owners. The timepiece housing is made of lightweight titanium. At its heart is the first clock movement developed by Porsche Design, the product of three years’ work. The caliber 01.200 includes a flyback function, a load-path-optimized movement bridge, and an official COSC certificate of authenticity.
The flyback function is inspired by motorsport and represents a special feature of the Porsche Design GT2 RS watch. On a traditional chronograph, the buttons must be pressed three times in order to measure consecutive time intervals: The first press stops the chronograph, the second resets it, and the third restarts the measuring process. On chronographs with a flyback function, these processes happen automatically and in rapid succession. The stop function and the ongoing time display are clearly separated using yellow markings. Many of the details on the timepiece are based on the design details of the GT2 RS. The tungsten winding rotor is modeled after the rims of the 911 GT2 RS. The clock face is made of carbon fiber, while the design of the time display matches the instrument cluster and the tachometer. The 911 GT2 RS and its watch counterpart are exclusively available at authorized Porsche dealers worldwide. The vehicle and watch are produced and customized in line with each customer’s wishes and are delivered together.
Pricing and availability
The 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS model is available to order with a base MSRP of $293,200, excluding the $1,050 delivery, processing and handling fee. It will reach U.S. dealers in early 2018.