On June 30, Porsche Cars North America announced the launch of the 2018 911 GT2 RS – which at the fastest and most powerful street-legal 911 model ever. The new model, which premiered at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK, features a 700-horsepower twin-turbo flat-six engine.
The car weighs in at 3,241 pounds with a full tank of fuel and can accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in 2.7 seconds. It 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.
Like many high-speed, street-legal vehicles, the car reached its light weight due in large part to its composite construction. 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). Many of the interior parts feature CFRP as well.
The car also comes with an optional Weissach package, which Porsche says 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.
Unlike the last 500-car run of the 2011 GT2 RS, there is no production limit for the new car. Porsche says the 911 GTS R2 will reach U.S. dealers in early 2018.