I recently had the chance to drive the new Porsche 911 GT2RS, which is just about the most insane vehicle in existence today. Here are the specs: The base price is around $300,000, 0-to-60 is 2.7 seconds, the top speed is 210 miles per hour and it has 700 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. This is a supercar, plain and simple.
And yet, it’s also a Porsche 911, which makes it a bit odd. Crazy, ridiculous supercar numbers from a Porsche 911. This isn’t something you’d expect if you’re used to 911 models of years past, and yet this is the direction the 911 lineup has gone: From the regular, base-ish model that’s still fairly common, all the way up to this ultra-high performance version that you’re unlikely to ever see on the street.
I borrowed this 911 from a viewer who runs a company called Savvy LLC, which has just started to make performance parts, specifically aero parts, for Porsche models and specifically GT3 models; Savvy LLC plans to have its first wing on the market early next year. The owner of this car is an ardent Porsche fan, owning everything from a standard 964 911 to a Carrera GT — but the GT2RS is the newest and coolest.
Here’s a brief overview before we get to the driving information: The GT2RS is designed to be brutal. The back seats have been removed to save weight. There are giant "gills" on the front fenders to improve downforce. The rear wing is absolutely, terrifyingly massive. The front ground clearance is about two inches, thanks to a ridiculously low front lip spoiler. The seats are carbon fiber buckets, and they aren’t heated, and they don’t have power operation, and they’re really tight. The car doesn’t have glass all the way around. Instead it uses some faux-glass thing on the rear windows to save weight. Speaking of saving weight, it doesn’t even have metal badging: Porsche removed that, too, to save weight.
So you get inside the car, and you kind of know what’s going: It’s going to be as brutal to drive as it seems to be on paper, and this is usually the part where you pivot to "but actually, it’s nice to drive, and it’s only brutal when you want it to be!" Well, not in this car. This car is just brutal, period, and the ride is incredibly rough, and the seats are incredibly tight, and you absolutely do not want to be driving this thing every day. You could, sure, but you’d be constantly using the axle lifter to go over road bumps, and you’d be beaten up by the seats, and you’d be staring at the wing in your rearview mirror and wishing, for just a little bit, you could be in a Range Rover.
But "everyday driving" is not what the GT2RS is intended for, nor is it where it shines — obviously. I had the chance to take the GT2RS on some nice, empty back roads, and the thing is just so amazing in that setting. It is brutally, amazingly, raucously fast, delivering acceleration at any speed, unlike basically any other modern sports car. It’s so fast that it’s quicker than the 918 Spyder around Nurburgring. And it feels that way, delivering brute-force power I normally associate with a massive V12 or a V8, rather than a flat six — no matter how much turbocharging you do.
Then there’s the steering. The GT2RS is incredibly well-connected, with linear and direct steering that provides an amazingly precise steering feel at every level. When you’re stepping on the throttle in a hard turn and pushing out, the GT2RS’s steering makes you feel like a hero — or at least a much better driver than you actually are — giving you amazing feedback and confidence.
That confidence is also obvious with the car’s stability. The GT2RS is incredibly stable, and it feels like you’ll never break the back end loose, or you’ll never over-drive the car’s abilities. It truly feels like it’s digging into the road with studded tires, and it almost feels as though it’s impossible to give the car too much gas pedal or too much steering input because the car can just handle it. This car inspires confidence like few other vehicles I’ve driven, with very little lightness in front and perfect chassis balance.
The sound, too, is very nice, though I can’t specifically comment on it because the owner of the GT2RS I drove installed an aftermarket exhaust. He also installed a racing steering wheel, largely because, well, he plans to take this car racing. Indeed, that’s where it’s best: This car is best when opened up, when driven fast, when pushed to its limits. It’s wasted on the street and far too brutal for any sort of frequent driving, but on those weekend track days, or maybe the occasional zero-traffic canyon road, I can think of few cars that will give you a more visceral, focused experience than the GT2RS.
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