New rear-wheel-drive, 641bhp ultimate 911 makes surprise debut at Los Angeles gaming conference.
The new Porsche 911 GT2 RS has made a surprise debut at this year’s E3 expo as the headline act for the next installment in Microsoft’s Forza Motorsport racing game series.
On stage in LA, this is the first time we’ve seen the car in the metal, revealing the aggressive, motorsport-inspired styling and aerodynamics such as the large bonnet vents and splitter, plus the huge rear wing. Performance specs remain under wraps for now, but we’re expecting to have more info on the new model soon. It has, however, been confirmed as the most powerful production 911 ever.
We’ve already had a ride in a prototype, and Porsche engineers were willing to issue a conservative estimate of the new hardcore 911’s power output – around 641bhp and 750Nm of torque. The final numbers, however, should be greater. A 0-62mph time of 2.9 seconds – matching the 911 Turbo S – is expected, with a top speed of over 211mph.
Speaking at the Geneva Motor Show back in March, Porsche’s GT chief Andreas Preuninger said his engineers were working on a new GT2 RS. “We’ve always had a GT car with a turbo; that’s a different customer, a different line,” he said. “The ‘kick in the butt’ that you get with a turbocharged engine; this has some sexiness as well. We wouldn’t want to ditch that model so it might be we’re thinking of working on something like that.
Preuninger suggested, though, that as with the previous 997-generation 911, the new GT2 RS is likely to arrive pretty late in the life of the current 991. That points to a release in 2018. “We cannot exactly say it’s the right time for a particular model because we need the production capability,” he said. “We can only do one launch at a time. We have to look across the life cycle of all the models and decide when the perfect time is for something like this. But yes, a car like the GT2 RS makes most sense towards the end of the life cycle of each model.”
Porsche is likely to resist the temptation to offer a manual gearbox with the GT2 RS or GT3 RS – although the new transmission from the 911 R is now offered on the GT3. “There would be no sense in offering a GT3 RS with a manual gearbox because on some tracks it would mean that an ‘ordinary’ GT3 with a PDK gearbox would be as quick or quicker. RS must always be quickest on the track,” said Preuninger.