Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Performance legend raises the bar again

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The 911 GT2 RS doesn’t have the groundbreaking technology of the 918 hybrid, but it’s still a match for the best supercars on the planet. This extreme version of Porsche’s most famous sports car is further proof of the model’s sheer scope for development. It mixes jaw-dropping acceleration with an agile, motorsport-derived chassis. And while the price is steep, at £164,107, that money buys amazing exclusivity – with only 500 examples being made. It’s a guaranteed future classic.

Supercar fans have a long wait before the 918 Spyder hits showrooms. But for a lucky few, Porsche already offers a model to rival the best in the world.

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The 911 GT2 RS is the fastest and most powerful production car the company has ever made, and only 500 examples will be built. It’s the ultimate expression of the 911’s sporting ability, and the carbon fibre bonnet and polycarbonate windows make it 70kg lighter than the discontinued GT2. Yet its 3.6-litre twin-turbo offers 90bhp more power, at 612bhp.

It also delivers 700Nm of torque at only 2,250rpm, and provides amazing acceleration. The GT2 RS blasts off the line with jet-like thrust, covering 0-62mph in only 3.5 seconds, while in-gear punch is equally ferocious – so this Porsche is scintillatingly fast in any ratio and at any speed. The rear-wheel-drive chassis is a delight, too. The GT2 has the widest track of any 911, and grips as well as it accelerates.

Owners can turn off the traction and stability control separately. They will need plenty of driving skill if they do, although the car repays with wonderfully engaging handling. The purity of the steering feel and the razor-sharp turn-in are a match
for the track-focused GT3, while high-speed stability and body control are superb.

The six-speed manual box has a heavy but precise shift action, and powerful ceramic brakes and two-stage PASM Porsche Active Suspension Control are standard. Plus, unlike many supercars, the compact dimensions and decent visibility make the GT2 easy to drive in the real world.

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