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Porsche 911 GT2 RS: Befriending the beast

Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Nice road test report here with the Porsche 911 GT2 RS. Enjoy!

Power doesn’t so much as build with engine speed as it explodes. The tipping point for maximum thrust is about 4000 rpm, and there’s a slight delay in responsiveness at lower rpm as the turbos violently inhale the atmosphere through the intakes. The mechanical clatter of the engine overlaid with fast-moving, tormented air sounds much angrier than the naturally aspirated wail of a GT3. The lack of boost at low revs actually makes the GT2 RS surprisingly docile to pedal around town—save for the firm yet progressive clutch—but standing starts can be tricky.

Riding the line between bogging out and lighting up the massive rear tires—and doing our best to shift quickly from our tester’s right-seat driving position—we managed a deceptively, um, long 3.3-second run to 60 mph, or 0.5 second slower than our best in a Turbo S with launch control. While that’s still very quick, the GT2’s acceleration intensifies dramatically once the car is moving, and is accompanied by a significant lightening of steering effort as the car squats and squirms about for traction. Keeping both hands on the wheel is advised.