It’s seldom I drive an automobile that frightens the living daylights out of me, however simply over a week ago that all altered when I leapt behind the wheel of the outbound Porsche 911 GT2 RS.
Simply taking out of the car park and onto Witkoppen Drive in Johannesburg provided me a common sense of what I remained in. The most mild prod of the accelerator pedal released fury that the cold Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires might not control on a somewhat wet roadway surface area. Thank goodness for modern-day traction and stability control programs or I ‘d have ended my time with the GT2 RS all too rapidly– in a hedge, not 50 m from my departure point.
These are the figures. A 4.0-litre, turbocharged flat-six gas engine– producing 515 kW and 750 Nm– sits over the rear axle, driving simply 2 wheels through a PDK transmission that’s mainly based upon the one in the 918 hypercar. It revs to 7000 rpm and releases fury like no other cars and truck I have actually driven. The 0-100 km/h sprint is dispatched in 2.8 seconds, which is slower than a 911 Turbo S or Taycan Turbo S, however the large sound and violence is incomparable.
What’s likewise incomparable is the GT2 RS’s in-gear velocity. Complete throttle from about 80 km/h appears to reverse time itself as you’re moved up the roadway. What seems extremely far remains in truth on top of you with a simple jerk of the ideal foot.
It’s not simply fast in a straight line either. Get those tires as much as running temperature level and the GT2 RS will assault corners with the very same vigour, leaving residents large considered at the mechanical grip available.
Comprehensive usage of light-weight products– and an absence of sound insulation– suggests that Porsche has actually handled to keep the weight down, weighing in at simply 1470 kg– reduced by an additional 30 kg with the optional Weissach Load. That’s attained through unique products such as a carbon fiber roofing system, anti-roll bars (front and back) and magnesium wheels. Inside you’re beinged in repaired back ‘race’ seats, below a half roll cage. Aside from that, the interior is mostly comparable to what you ‘d discover in a lot of Porsches.
It’s well geared up, with an infotainment screen and environment control. It’s in fact a relatively liveable interior– if you’re just a little on the masochism scale, you might drive a GT2 every day. That’s not likely to be too lots of individuals’s typical course.
As a track day tool, I can not fathom something more capable that’s still permitted on public roadways. Nor can I fathom getting on top of the vehicle’s abilities in a brief area of time. If I owned one, it ‘d likely terrify me to death for a long while to come. I do question whether the GT2 RS provides a more attractive plan than the GT3 RS.
In my books the naturally aspirated GT3 is more appealing, most likely since I discover its efficiency window more available. Where the GT 2 provides its power in a brutish style the GT3 is more direct– and revs more. That experience brings throughout the method the car acts, since you’re constantly knowledgeable about simply how lairy things can get when you use throttle and the turbos start.
I believe this represent a great deal of the GT2 RS appeal. It resembles a wild animal that you let loose at the turn of an essential and a prod of the throttle. It’ll accompany you on your journey, even permit you to have fun with it often, then offer an abrupt pointer that it can not be tamed.
Porsche 911 GT2 RS
Rate: R6,000,000 /-
Power: 515 kW/750 Nm
Fuel usage: 11.8 L/ 100 km (declared)
Leading speed: 340 km/h
Competitors: Ferrari 488 Pista, McLaren 720 S
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