Porsche has unveiled yet another variant of the 911, and this time it's the GT2, a car that Porsche says is its fastest 911 ever.

Only available with rear-wheel drive and a manual six-speed gearbox, the 2+2 hits 62 mph in 3.6 seconds and goes on to a top speed of 204 mph. Fuel economy is 22.6 mpg in the Euro cycle.

The 3.6-liter engine is based on the six-cylinder boxer unit from the 911 Turbo, with twin turbochargers featuring variable turbine geometry. Peak power of 530 hp is achieved at 6500 rpm, with maximum torque of 501 lb-ft maintained consistently between 2200 and 4500 rpm. Power is up by 50 hp over the standard 911 Turbo, an increase brought about by fitting the turbos with a larger compressor wheel and a flow-optimized turbine housing, raising turbocharger pressure.

The German company is also boasting of the car's achievements in terms of emissions management. The GT2 is the first Porsche homologated for the road to feature a rear silencer and tailpipes made of titanium as standard equipment. This reduces weight by approximately 50 percent when compared to a standard stainless steel component.

The new 911 GT2 comes as standard with Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB), featuring brake discs made of a composite carbon fiber/ceramic compound.

The car made its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, and will go on sale across Europe soon after. It goes on sale in the U.S. early in 2008 for a price of $191,700.



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Richard Yarrow

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