A test prototype of the much-anticipated Porsche 911 GT2 RS has been spotted on several occasions this year. Its predecessor that arrived in 2010 was one of the most spectacular cars that Porsche put into production. The original GT2 RS actually came as a lightweight version of the GT3 RS producing stunning 620 horsepower. It will be no different with the next-gen model which is due to go on sale for the 2018 MY. Recent reports suggest that the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS will be the most extreme 911 ever built. In any case, expect the upcoming model to offer superb performance as well as notable visual updates.
2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS Design and Features
Generally speaking, the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS will have a lot in common with the previous model. So, expect it to be a lightweight sports car ready to take on any race track. However, the recent spy shots reveal a number of visual updates arriving with the new iteration. It will feature several styling cues found on the new 991.2 Turbo. Those include a revised front fascia, reshaped rear fenders as well as a thoroughly redesigned rear end. As for the front end, expect to see a new bumper with reshaped outlets that result in improved engine cooling. The model will also get a larger splitter with side winglets, as well as a black hood. The rear side will boast a larger wing, a new radiator grille and a race-style diffuser. In order to make it lighter, Porsche has given the new 911 GT2 RS carbon-fiber body panels.
2018 Porsche GT2 RS Specs
Details concerning the mechanical department are still scarce. Recent reports suggest that the upcoming model will use a modified version of the current 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6. So, expect the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS to deliver close to 700 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque. That would come as a significant power boost compared to its predecessor that had 612 hp at its disposal. The engine will most likely be paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The new GT2 RS should be able to hit the 60 mph limit in less than three seconds. As for the top speed, expect it to surpass 205 miles per hour.
Pricing and Competition
The previous model was sold for $245,000, with production limited to just 500 units. We expect the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS to remain in the same price range with similar production numbers. Its key rivals will include the likes of Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and Nissan GT-R Nismo.