GT2 RS Review

Porschephiles will no doubt quickly point out that despite being the fastest, most powerful road-going 911 Porsche has ever built, the 2017 911 GT2 RS has never been anything but insane. But it really is worth noting that the latest one is no exception. It packs 700 hp, is rear-wheel drive only, costs $294,250, and has a bright red alcantara roof liner. Plunking down another $31 grand gets you the Weissach Package, which shaves nearly 40 pounds thanks to magnesium wheels (responsible for 25 of those 40 pounds), and a liberal smattering of carbon fiber throughout. (Seriously—the carbon appears in places like the antiroll bars and endlinks—and of course, the roof. If you've opted to go Weissach, the carbon-fiber hood and roof showcase the material in double unpainted sections, which appear as stripes. Not that the standard magnesium roof wasn't good enough...
On the topic of lightweight things, it's also worth pointing out that Porsche has done a spectacular job of avoiding the weight bloat that's traditionally associated with each new model iteration—this thing is said to weigh 3,241 pounds with a full tank of gas, and that's exactly why it pegs 60 mph in 2.7 seconds. Porsche doesn't get enough credit for this, so to them we say, "Bravo!" With bigger-than-911-Turbo turbochargers providing 80 more horsepower than its predecessor, the GT2 RS will continue the blast until it hits 211 mph.
Whether or not yours has magnesium wheels, it'll have giant footwear—265/35R20 rubber up front, with 325/30R21 in the back. And all four steer—sort of. The GT2 RS has rear-axle steering, which should help with turn-in and eradicate any understeer (which, in this car, was probably your fault in the first place). Also out back is a titanium exhaust system that weighs around 15 pounds less than that of the 911 Turbo.
It looks like there are a couple of negatives. Like the more docile 911 Turbo, the car is only available with Porsche's seven-speed PDK transmission. The thing is, though, you can't handle this kind of horsepower with your left foot and your right hand the way a computer can automatically. Not even close (just ask Ferrari). You want 60 in 2.7 seconds? Congratulations, you own a double-clutch transmission. And besides, there are plenty of manual transmission-equipped Porsches available. So, like we said: It looks like a negative.
The second bummer is real, though—continuing the tradition, the European version of the Weissach package is better, including a titanium rollcage that we don't get, thanks to stateside safety regulations. If you're creative, you can order your own in the States. If you're buying this car, cost is of no concern.
Outside of that, the 2017 GT2 RS succeeds in bringing utterly over-the-top levels of performance to the street—and hopefully if you're buying one, new lap times to the track. It's not cheap, but should it be? If you order now, you'll drive it early 2018

Date Posted: August 9, 2017