The new 991.2 Porsche 911 GT2 RS has finally been unveiled, having made its world debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. It is the fastest, most powerful Porsche 911 ever.
Porsche was able to boost the output of its 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat six engine — borrowed from the latest 911 Turbo S — to 700 horsepower (up 80-hp) and 553 pound-feet thanks to the use of larger turbochargers and a water injection system that helps reduce intake charge temperatures at high boost pressures.
All that power is delivered to the tarmac through the company’s 7-speed dual-clutch PDK gear box and wide 325/30 ZR 21 tires. It’s rear-wheel drive unlike its 911 Turbo cousins.
The 911’s body panels have been revised to reduce weight and improve downforce, not forgetting the massive rear wing that characterizes the model.
With more overall output than the previous-generation GT2 RS and a wet curb weight of just 3,241 pounds (1,470 kg), the new GT2 can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 2.7 seconds – places it in the same league as a LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Bugatti Chiron — and hit a 211 mph (340 km/h) top speed. Stopping power is provided by standard ceramic composite brakes.
There is an available Weissach package that adds carbon fiber anti-roll bars and magnesium wheels, both helping cut weight by a further 40 pounds (30kg).
Porsche has opened the order book for the new 991.2 Porsche 911 GT2 RS, which has a starting price of $294,250 in the United States and £207,506 in the UK. The optional Weissach package can be had for an extra $31,000 and £21,042, respectively.
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Cadillac Announces ATS-V and CTS-V Championship Editions
Cadillac has introduced new Championship Editions of the Cadillac ATS-V and CTS-V to celebrate the company’s win of the 2017 IMSA Manufacturer, Driver, Team and Endurance Championships.
Both commemorative ATS-V and CTS-V are available in Black Raven or Crystal White with Cadillac V-Performance graphics on the hood and rear spoiler and come with Red Obsession side-view mirror caps, a DPi-V.R graphic on the quarter windows, Red Brembo brake calipers and forged polish-finished alloy V-Series wheels with Midnight Silver painted pockets.
A Morello Red detail package gives their interiors Jet Black Recaro seats, red front and rear door armrests and Morello accented high gloss carbon fiber interior trim.
The 2018 Cadillac Championship Edition ATS-V starts at $72,190 for the sedan and $74,390 for the coupe, while the 2018 CTS-V Championship Edition sedan starts at $105,730.
Porsche Making Gas-Electric 911 To Take On New Tesla Roadster?
Likely caught off guard by the ridiculously bonkers performance of the new Tesla Roadster electric sports car, Porsche is now working on a gas-electric Porsche 911 after previously shelving plans for such a model.
Tesla’s new Roadster can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in under 2 seconds (1.9 secs, to be precise) and to 100 mph (161 km/h) in only 4.2 seconds, a level of performance unmatched by any production car to date, not even the mighty, 1,479 horsepower Bugatti Chiron. Production begins in 2020.
According to , the Porsche 911 Hybrid will be introduced a few years after the next-generation 911 arrives in 2019, meaning it could it hit the market around the same time the Tesla Roadster does.
As a hybrid, the 911 won’t be a fully electric vehicle like the Roadster, with Porsche targeting an electric driving range around 40 miles compared to the Tesla’s 620-mile range.
Porsche has yet to confirm development of the car, but a spokesman confirmed to Bloomberg that the next 911 allows integration of an electric powertrain. The German automaker was even reported to be looking at solid-state battery technology for future electrified versions of the 911 and Boxster.
New Tesla Roadster Ushers In New Age Of Performance Cars
Supercars as we know them can now be considered obsolete, thanks to Tesla. The new Tesla Roadster blows everything out of the water in pure speed, all the while delivering remarkable driving range for an electric car.
Unveiled alongside the electric Tesla semi truck, a likewise in its own right, the Roadster promises to break many records, including an extraordinary zero-to-60 benchmark below two seconds.
How does a launch to 60 mph from a standstill in 1.9 seconds sounds? How about to triple-digit speeds in just 4.2 seconds? A quarter mile run of 8.9 seconds? Absolutely ludicrous for any car — no Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti or Koenigsegg can beat those times.
It seems like only yesterday that a sub-3-second sprint was the talk the of the industry — the big deal. Not anymore!
With such an unprecedented level of performance, you would think the Roadster would underperform in the range department, but that far from the truth. A 200-kilowatt-hour battery pack allows it to drive upwards of approximately 620 miles (998 km)on a single charge at highway speeds.
Some perspective: You can drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco — and back — without stopping to recharge.
On top of everything, the new Roadster has seating for four occupants. It’s also all-wheel drive and has a removable top. There aren’t a lot of four-seat, removable top, AWD cars out there.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk bluntly boasted that it will deliver a “hardcore smackdown” to gasoline cars. It’s hard to argue with that, and we imagine the engineers at Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, McLaren and every other big-name supercar maker are tripping over themselves scrambling to the drawing board. The future is electric!
The new Tesla Roadster has a base price of $200,000 and a starting reservation of $50,000. Sales begin in 2020.
Let us know what you think about it in the comments below.