Making its global debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS blasts onto the scene as the fastest and most powerful street-legal 911 model ever created. Packing a heavily modified version of the 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat-6 engine from the current 911 Turbo S model, the rear-drive GT2 RS can streak to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 211 mph. This lightweight 2-seater also boasts a host of other performance-enhancing mechanical modifications to make best use of that extra might.

Adding edge everywhere

The new GT2 RS matches its 700 ponies – 80 more than the last 2011 911 GT2 RS and 120 up on the latest 911 Turbo S – with 553 lb-ft of torque, which is an additional 37 twist units beyond its previous counterpart. Key component changes include bigger turbos, revised cooling/intercoolers and a unique titanium exhaust system that’s both lighter and more aurally exciting than the one on the standard Turbo S. Motive force heads to the rear wheels via a modified 7-speed double-clutch Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission.

A racier look and feel

The exterior of the GT2 RS  largely reflects the design of the current 911 GT3 RS and features several elements made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic, including the front fenders, luggage compartment lid, wheel housing vents, outer shells on the Sport Design exterior mirrors, air intakes on the rear quarter panels, and others. The GT2 RS also features unique intakes and outlets to further optimize aerodynamics along with a bolder rear wing and a magnesium roof panel to further reduce mass and lower the center of gravity of this 3,421-pound Porsche. An optional Weissach Package can lighten things up by an additional 40 pounds.

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As expected, the 2018 911 GT2 RS has a race-bred chassis with a custom Porsche Stability Management System, ultra-aggressive wheel/tire package – 20-inch 235/35 rubber up front and 325/30 at that rear on 21-inch rims – and standard Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes.

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Finished in red Alcantara, black leather and carbon fiber, the distinctive cabin of the new 911 GT2 RS has an equally racy look and feel. Deeply bolstered Sport buckets with carbon fiber backrests, Porsche Sport steering wheel with shift paddles and the Porsche Communication Management system are all included, as are Porsche Connect Plus and the Porsche Track Precision app that lets an owner record, display, and analyze driving data on their smartphone. The optional Chrono Package can further expand the functionality of the PCM setup. For GT2 RS owners who need it all, Porsche is offering the Porsche Design 911 GT2 RS Chronograph wristwatch with precision workings developed by Porsche.

Pricing for the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS will start at $294,250. First U.S. deliveries will start in early 2018.

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