The ultimate 911 accelerates from 0-60 in 3.4 seconds, has a top speed of 205 mph and laps the Nürburgring-Nordschleife track in 7:18.
The latest Porsche 911 model is without question the fastest and most powerful road-going sports car ever built in the history of the fabled German marque.
With horsepower increased by 90 and weight reduced 154 pounds (70 Kg) compared with the old 911 GT2 (last sold in the U.S. during the 2009 model year), the new GT2 RS has a power-to-weight ratio of 4.9 pounds per horsepower, the best ratio in its class.
While these numbers can be respected for what is a rare and ultra-high-performance sports car, taken in the larger context of U.S. energy independence, national security from terrorist-supporting oil nations, greenhouse gases and the latest ecological disaster – the BP oil spill/fish kill – they could be viewed differently. (Porsche Power Shift as Qatar Sheikh Joins Board and Hans-Peter Porsche Retires!)
Lightweight bucket seats of carbon-fiber plastic are standard, as are lightweight door panels with straps instead of handles.
Porsche is tacitly acknowledging the potential marketing problem it faces by touting the 2011 GT2 RS achieves a reduction of approximately 5% for both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions based on the European test cycle when compared with the previous GT2. It is engineering at its best. The question remains as to whether such a car is a positive or negative in image terms?
Moreover, insiders say the rating of the existing GT3 as a gas guzzler – currently Porsche’s only guzzler model on sale in the U.S. – was not part of the plan and is a cause for concern since the U.S. is still Porsche’s largest market, even at its now depressed levels. EPA ratings for the GT3 are 14 mpg city and 21 highway, very good given the performance involved, but perhaps approaching the lower end of the socially acceptable scale.
Porsche executives are hoping that the revised 3.6-liter six-cylinder boxer engine in the new GT2 RS will not be rated as a guzzler. Only time will tell, since the car does not go on sale until this October so it is not rated yet. And they were taken by surprise when the GT3 was dubbed a guzzler.