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Gizmag.com

The Most Powerful Street-legal Porsche Ever


By Gizmag Team

Porsche is to show a new limited edition (500 only) 911 GT2 RS at the Moscow Auto Show. The new RS will be the fastest and most powerful road car Porsche has ever produced. In comparison to the existing 911 GT2, the RS has 90 bhp more and weighs 70 kilograms (154 lb) less, consumes 5% less fuel at 11.9 ltr/100 km (equal to 23.7 mpg) and emits 5% less CO2 at 284 g/km. It's the blistering performance which will pull the punters though. The 620 bhp pushing a curb weight of 1370 kg makes for awesome acceleration: 0 to 100 kmh in 3.5 seconds, 0 to 200 kmh in just 9.8 seconds, and 0 to 300 kmh in 28.9 seconds. Top speed is 330 kmh and the car has already lapped the fabled Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit in seven minutes and 18 seconds. The 911 GT2 RS base price is EUR 200,000. It hits European showrooms in September and the USA in October 2010.

The engine in the new RS is the traditional 3.6 liter six-cylinder boxer (horizontally opposed) engine force fed by two turbochargers with variable turbine geometry running through a six-speed manual gearbox and putting the power down through 325/30 ZR 19 tires developed specifically for the car.

Equally supreme stopping power on this ultra-high-performance sports car comes from PCCB composite ceramic brakes. Appropriate longitudinal and crosswise dynamics are ensured by the sporting RS set-up of the springs, PASM Porsche Adaptive Suspension Management, anti-roll bars, as well as the dynamic engine mounts and PSM Porsche Stability Management.

In its looks the new 911 GT2 RS stands out clearly from the 911 GT2, above all through the lavish use of carbon-fiber-reinforced (CFR) components in matt-black surface finish, even wider wheels and flared wheel arches at the front, new 911 GT2 light-alloy wheels, as well as "GT2 RS" model designations on the doors and rear lid. The upgraded front spoiler lip and the rear spoiler lip made of CFR are now 10 millimeters or almost 0.4 inches higher, again in surface carbon finish, and ensure the right aerodynamic precision as well as extra downforce.

The interior also exudes the flair of sporting performance in virtually every detail, featuring lightweight bucket seats made of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic in carbon surface finish and lightweight door panels with door opening straps. The basic interior color is black, contrasting attractively with features such as the seat center sections and the roof lining as well as segments on the steering wheel rim. The gearshift and handbrake lever are both finished in red alcantara.

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