Seeing the new Porsche 911 GT2 RS being driven hard around the Nurburgring suggests that it’s out there to set an official lap time.
Shutterbugs hiding in the bushes at the Nurburgring race track in Nordschleife have filmed a yellow-and-black Porsche 911 GT2 RS firing on all cylinders around the Green Hell. Our bets are on these aggressive runs being carried out as a practice session before the sports car sets an official lap time on the revered course.
While Porsche won’t settle for anything less than a sub-7-minute lap time, we are interested to see who all it’ll beat while breaking into the top 10. The Dodge Viper (in its ACR Extreme guise) is officially on the Top 100 board at rank 7, with a lap time of 7:03.45 (thanks to those die-hard Viper fans). So the Porsche 911 GT2 RS will be looking at everything above that spot.
Porsche does have a bunch of strong entries way up the ladder of the quickest cars around The Ring. The 918 Spyder is at rank 5, the 911 GT3 is at 12 and the previous model of the 911 GT2 RS is holding on to the 16th seat. While beating the GT3 and the older GT2 RS will be a walk in the park for the new 700 hp Porsche GT2 RS, we are more excited to see how close the most powerful road-legal 911 can get to the 918 Spyder hypercar.
The 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS holds the prestigious role of being the Forza Motorsport 7 video game’s cover car.
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With its twin-turbo, 3.8-liter flat-six engine capable of producing 700 hp of power, 750 Nm of torque, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS will do the 0-62 mph run in 2.8 seconds. Floor it all the way and the lightweight sportscar will get you past 211 mph. A 7-speed double-clutch transmission (PDK) will aid in reaching that zone.
Thanks to the acres of carbon-fiber being used to build its body and the judicious doses of magnesium, the car weighs around 1,470 kg. The benefit of being light, coupled with tricks like rear-axle steering, sticky tires and tricks like Porsche Stability Management, the new rear-wheel drive GT2 RS has the weapons to deal with the Green Hell.
Until Porsche releases the official onboard video, enjoy the sight of the car and its driver having loads of fun while battling the corners of the Nurburgring.