Sam Philip12 May 2010

911 GT2 RS: scariest car ever?

Porsche shows off its fastest, most powerful road car ever. Be afraid. Be very, very afraid

Palms are clammy. Buttocks are clenched. The mood, in short, is tense.

Porsche has just released details on the 911 GT2 RS – its fastest, most powerful road car ever – and we are frankly a little uneasy.

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To remind you, the normal 911 GT2 is already one of the most monstrous cars on the road, with a 523bhp twin-turbo six feeding the rear wheels and a reputation for going sideways and never coming back. They call it The Widowmaker.

And now Porsche has made The Widowmaker even more evil. Here come the headline stats: the 911 GT2 RS produces 611bhp – yep, still all through the rear wheels – weighs 1,370kg and will go from standstill to 124mph in under ten seconds.

That’s 88bhp more powerful and 70kg lighter than the GT2. That’s 8bhp more than the Carrera GT. That’s a power-to-weight ratio of 435bhp per tonne. Sheesh.

Porsche says the RS will, in the hands of someone far, far braver than us, lap the Nuburgring in 7m18s - 19 seconds quicker than the very, very fast 911 Turbo S.

0-60mph? 3.4 seconds – point-two quicker than the GT2. Top speed is 205mph. Those are some entirely wall-licking numbers.

The extra power comes from an increase in boost pressure to the GT2’s 3.6-litre twin turbo engine, while the weight loss is down to an intensive carbon fibre diet: the GT2 RS’s front and rear spoilers, bonnet and rear arch vents are made of the stuff.

There’s extra downforce from a taller rear wing and redesigned front spoiler. In the cabin, you get lightweight bucket seats, fabric door pulls and lots of alcantara.

Porsche is keen to point out that the GT2 RS is a deeply green car, returning 23.7mph and emitting just 284g/km of CO2 – better figures than the GT2 despite the increased power.

Just 500 GT2 RSs will be built, with prices starting at – one more big number for you – a whopping £164,000. That’s about £33,000 more than a regular GT2. We suspect potential owners shall not care.

The GT2 RS won’t be formally unveiled until August. We’ll get our hands on one as soon as possible and give you the full verdict. We are a little tiny bit entirely terrified at this prospect.

Sam Philip

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