Anton Andres / Jose Altoveros | March 28, 2018 09:03
Porsche's record breaking GT2 RS makes its ASEAN debut
Last year, Porsche unleashed the GT2 RS which then went on to set a new lap record for production cars at the Nurburging Nordschiefe. Now, the record-beater is now in Asia-Pacific, making its debut at the Bangkok International Motor Show.
This is Porsche's most powerful production 911 yet with 700 horsepower coming from its 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged flat-six engine. It then shifts via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and there is no manual option.
According to factory-claimed performance figures, the 700 PS, twin-turbo 911 can hit 100 km/h from a standstill in just 2.7 seconds. Keep stepping on the throttle and it can go to a top speed of 338 km/h. It uses the body straight from the 911 Turbo, meaning it is wider than the standard Carrera and Carrera S models.
What it doesn't have is all-wheel drive, sending all that power and torque to the rear wheels. There are, however, special suspension and aerodynamic tweaks aim to help the 911 GT2 RS stay planted on the road. Plus, Porsche Stability Management, Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes, and rear wheel steering are standard. The 911 GT2 RS has a special arrangement for the tires with 20-inch wheels in front and 21-inch wheels in the back.
Keeping it glued to the tarmac is a lower set front apron, adorned by aerodynamic embelishments on each corner. The fenders also get air outlets while the large corner air intakes feed air into the cooling system, as well as aid in brake cooling. Its hood, which is carbon fiber, features NACA for interior ventilation. In line with GT tradition, the classic Porsche enamel badge makes way for a sticker in the pursuit of shaving as much weight as possible.
Unique side skirts also help in aerodynamics while the fender air intakes are finished in carbon fiber. A special rear bumper is part of the aero pack while the tall and wide rear wing is responsible for downforce. The result is is one of the most aggressive-looking 911s to drive out of the factory.
Inside, it's a blend of road car and race car with leather trimmings and a roll-cage. Unique bucket seats get a carbon fiber frame and swathes of Alcantara are present on the seats, center arm rest and steering wheel. Speaking of which, even the steering wheel is now a carbon fiber piece as well. Despite the race car for the road philosophy, you do still get an infotainment system and air-conditioning.