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2019 Porsche 911 GT2 Review

The 2019 Porsche 911 GT2 RS is, according to Porsche, "the fastest and most powerful street-legal 911" there’s ever been. Considering how fast and powerful most 911 variants are, this is quite a statement. Naturally, the facts are there to back it up. Zero-to-60 mph is a fleeting 2.7 seconds (Porsche might even be a little conservative with this claim), top speed is 211 mph (electronically limited to preserve tire integrity), and the car’s turbocharged engine develops a searing 700 horsepower.

To achieve these kinds of figures and be such a specialist machine, the 911 GT2 RS has to make a few compromises. This is not the sort of daily driver machine for which the 911 range is renowned. The attention to detail on making this car as light as possible extends even to the carpets and thinner glass for the rear window. The roof is made of magnesium, the exhaust system features titanium construction, some body panels are fashioned from carbon fiber or polyurethane, and the usual 911 small rear seats don’t make an appearance here. Buyers can also opt to delete the air conditioning in the quest for extreme weight loss.

The GT2 RS also has its own aerodynamic additions to set it apart from the rest of the 911 range, including a large fixed rear wing. Note the creases in the hood and the roof to optimize rigidity for those components. And standard equipment includes ceramic composite brake discs that have the advantage of being extremely durable, lighter than cast iron versions, and able to maintain fearsome stopping power lap after lap. When other car makers offer them as options, they’re invariably on the pricey side of expensive.

Every suspension joint and bushing has steel ball joints instead of the conventional rubber items (or some man-made material with an element of give). Active dampers save fillings from becoming dislodged. Suspension settings, meanwhile, can be adjusted by the driver.

What’s New for 2019?

The 911 GT2 RS is a new variant for 2019. See the 2019 Porsche 911 models for sale near you

What We Like

  • Viciously fast
  • Doesn’t require superhuman driving talents

What We Don’t

  • Short on creature comforts
  • Probably too hardcore for everyday driving

How Much?

$294,450

Fuel Economy

The GT2 RS sticks with the usual 911 layout of mounting the engine at the rear. This 3.8-liter flat-six is turbocharged and tuned to produce 700 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. This energy goes to just the rear wheels, through a 7-speed dual-clutch (known as PDK) automated transmission that features steering wheel-mounted shift paddles. Maximum horsepower is achieved at 7,000 rpm, a high number for a turbocharged engine, while redline is at 7,200 rpm.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates fuel consumption at 15 miles per gallon in the city, 21 mpg on the highway and 17 mpg in combined driving.

Standard Features & Options

The 2019 Porsche 911 GT2 RS ($294,450) wide-bodied coupe comes with 20-in alloy wheels (featuring center-lock hubs and ultra-high-performance tires), variable-ratio steering, rear-wheel steering, active dampers, dynamic engine mounts, an electronic locking rear differential, ceramic composite brake discs, a titanium exhaust system, a fixed rear wing, a Track Precision analysis app, a 7-in infotainment touchscreen, Wi-Fi, navigation, full bucket seats, leather/Alcantara upholstery (Alcantara is a suede-like fabric found in many race cars), bi-xenon headlights, and an 8-speaker audio system.

An optional Weissach package makes more weight-saving measures (about 40 pounds), bringing a roof, paddle shifters, anti-roll bars and tie-rod ends all made of carbon fiber, plus magnesium wheels.

Other options include a front axle lift system (strongly recommended, since the aero kit cuts ground clearance to a bare minimum), a larger fuel tank, LED headlights, leather upholstery, voice control, and a 12-speaker/555-watt Bose surround-sound system.

Safety

The Porsche 911 range remains untested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Nor does the GT2 RS offer any weight-adding driver-assistance features like blind spot monitoring. However, all the mandatory safety equipment provides sufficient protection.

Behind the Wheel

Porsche says 0-to-60 mph comes up in 2.7 seconds. We believe them. Top speed is limited to 211 mph. This is a real world "insane mode" fueled by air and gasoline and It’s brilliantly quick — all others seem tame by comparison. The GT2 recently set the production car lap record at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. Porsche says the lap time was 1:24:88 making the " … 911 GT2 the quickest production car to ever lap the iconic track.

As you can imagine, 700 hp has a way of humbling all but the best professional drivers. The sound this engine makes is thrilling and frightening at the same time. Get to an open stretch of straight track and you can reasonably stand on the gas for a good three seconds or so in car like the GT3. Try that in the GT2 and you’ll be into a retaining wall. The GT2 pushes you forward with such an intensity that it’s hard to believe you’re even in a car. This is a purebred, track-focused Porsche without many modern conveniences. Think of it that way and you’ll be very happy you bought the toughest Porsche on the block.

Other Cars to Consider

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 — Do the math. A 755-hp supercharged V8 in a lightweight body, starting at around $122,000. Truly awesome.

2019 Ferrari 488 Pista — Amazing, bristling with 710 hp. But costs about $350,000.

2019 Lamborghini Huracán Performante — Starts in the region of $285,000 and has 631 hp from wonderful naturally aspirated V10.

2019 McLaren 720S — Lots of carbon fiber, cool dihedral (scissor-like) doors, 710 hp, welcoming cabin and a price starting at approximately $285,000.

Autotrader’s Advice

We were going to recommend a previous-generation GT2 RS as a used buy, but they’ve gone up in value. Be sure to select the front axle lifting option, look after the car and it could well become an appreciating asset. Much more fun than paying into a pension scheme. Find a Porsche 911 for sale

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