This is actually the second official presentation of the model in the metal, since it was also featured at E3 last month – but now it’s making its public debut with complete specs at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Attendees of the FoS were graced – and there was no better venue – with the fastest and most powerful street-legal 911 ever conceived. The new Porsche 911 GT2 RS arrived at the British speed celebrations with 3.8-liter, flat-six engine taken from the 911 Turbo S and improved via a pair of bigger turbochargers and an extra cooling system, able to deliver 690 horsepower (515 kilowatts) and 553 pound-feet (750 Newton-meters) of torque. The assembly tips the scales at 3,241 pounds (1,470 kilograms) – and comes 79 hp (59 kW) and 37 lb-ft (50 Nm) above the credentials of the former 911 GT2 RS from 2011. The Goodwood Festival of Speed-presented model also comes with more things – well, fewer things actually.
That’s because future owners can opt for the optional Weissach package to drop another 66 pounds (30 kilograms) using magnesium wheels and lots of carbon fiber parts, as in anti-roll bars, roof, and the end links on both front and rear axles – along with largely exposed carbon fiber treatment of the roof and trunk. Porsche claims the new 911 GT2 RS is capable of 0 to 60 mph (96 kph) in 2.7 seconds, with a tenth of a second more until 62 mph (100 kph) – and it will continue to push until 211 mph (340 kph). The 21-inch rear wheels get all the grunt via a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic gearbox – and at the back there’s also a new titanium exhaust system lighter by about 15 lbs (6.8 kg) compared to the 911 Turbo S version.
Moving inside the cabin, the lucky users will be treated to a mix of red Alcantara and lots of carbon fiber parts – event the bucket seats have carbon fiber reinforced backrests. The roll cage is of course made out of the light material – and drivers can also access the new display keeping track of lap times as part of the optional Chrono Package (complete with matching watch tailor-made for the flagship model). Prices kick off at $293,200 – with another $31,000 for the Weissach package in the US, while the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS costs €285,220 at home in Germany and £207,506 in the UK.