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Let’s get the numbers out of the way. Rear-wheel drive. 515kw. 750nm. 0-100kph in 2.8 secs and a 340kph top speed. The new GT2 RS is the epitome of badass.

Freshly unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed yesterday, the new GT2 RS is officially the fastest and most powerful road-legal 911 the company has ever produced. When you consider that this trumps the previous generation GT2 RS by a mammoth 59kw difference in power, you know that Porsche has successfully resuscitated the nickname ‘Widowmaker’.

The engine is based on the 3.8-litre twin-turbo flat-six one used in the ballistic 427kw Porsche 911 Turbo S, except it's been fitted with larger turbochargers, an additional cooling system along with some other power-boosting changes. 515kw from the boxer motor is channeled to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual clutch PDK automatic transmission. The car rides 20-inch (front) and 21-inch (rear) wheels that wear super sticky (UHP) Ultra High Performance tyres. And bringing the GT2 RS to a halt are Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB), which are fitted as standard.

The GT2 RS has rear-axle steering for improved cornering. This is a system that, at low speeds, turns the back wheels slightly in the opposite direction of the front wheels for tighter cornering and, at higher speeds, turns them in the same direction for greater stability. In addition, the GT2 will have a lightweight titanium exhaust system, and water injection for the intercoolers.

To keep the kerb weight down to a mere 1470kg, this car does not have the small back seats found on more common versions of the 911. Many of the car's interior and exterior body parts are made from lightweight carbon-fibre reinforced (CFRP) plastics, including a roof made from magnesium.

The GT2 RS cabin accommodates just two occupants, but they do get to enjoy bucket seats with a carbon-weave finish and the interior colour scheme is a tad audacious to say the least, with its combination of black leather and red alcantara.

Those looking for even more performance can option the Weissach package which features forged magnesium wheels, a carbon fibre roof and anti-roll bars, and a host of other lightweight components. In total, Porsche claims the package lightens the GT2 by a further 30kgs, providing a greater wealth of impressive chassis properties.

The GT2 RS's introduction comes weeks after Porsche introduced the 452kw 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series. That Exclusive Series will be just that - Exclusive. Only 500 examples will be produced. The GT2 RS isn’t expected to reach showrooms until early next year, but reports suggest that the model run of 1000 units is already sold out. Porsche South Africa has priced the GT2 RS starting at R4 411 000, which is a R1.2m premium over the Turbo S.




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