Porsche 991 911 GT2 RS Sets Nürburgring World Record At 6:47:3
The initial goal for the 991 911 GT2 RS was 7:05, but shattering expectations is now becoming a tradition for the GT2 line. Porsche's test drivers - Lars Kern and Nick Tandy - ran more than five laps under 6:50 before eventually setting a world record for the fastest street-legal production car at 6:47:4. Amusingly, the record was set on September 20, 2017 so you can imagine how excited Porsche must feel waiting a whole week before revealing the news to the public.
Clad in yellow and black paint, the 2018 911 GT2 RS you see in the video and pictures is just like one you can buy yourself. That is, if you have at least $293,000 for the initial allocation. A $31,000 lightweight Weissach package is available, dropping the curb weight to just 3201 lbs (1451 kg), but the real figure that's most impressive is its engine. A 3.8-liter flat-six with twin turbos producing 700 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque (750 nm). Married to a 7-speed PDK gearbox and 265/35 ZR20 with 325/30 ZR21 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, the 911 GT2 RS quantum shifts from zero-to-60 mph in 2.7 seconds, reaching a top speed of 211 mph (340 kmh). On the 20 km long straight at the Nürburgring the GT2 RS climbed all the way up to 192 mph (310 kmh) before making the turns to stop the clock. Its average speed was 114 mph (184 kmh). Damn.
Back in 2010, Porsche broke its own record and expectations with the previous-generation 997 991 GT2 RS. Its 7:18 lap time remains in the top 20 fastest production car leaderboard, pleasantly surprising the drivers and engineers with its capabilities. These days we expect a Porsche to be faster than expected, but somehow the performance from a new model continues to surprise all manner of car enthusiasts. Heck, the 911 GT2 RS is now ten seconds faster than the 918 Spyder hypercar, and it took only four years to beat. It's as if Porsche is aiming to improve their cars for tens rather than tenths, and they continue to pull through year after year. We always look forward to getting our minds blown again.