A racing driver describes this 911 as ‘ridiculous’. Excellent
There we were, minding our own business at Silverstone, when the winner of the 1970 Le Mans – won in a Porsche 917 – wanders up. Richard Attwood looks round the car, hears that it sends 690bhp to the rear wheels and, yes, it’s a road car, and he says two words. The first one we’ll gloss over, the second one is ‘ridiculous’.
He thinks it’s absurd to send a car like that out on the road network. But isn’t there room for something ridiculous? After all, Porsche makes some relatively sane cars, shovelling huge power through all four wheels, with all kinds of sensible stuff to keep you out of trouble. Then there’s this.
This is more like a Ferrari Speciale, something focused more on the track than the road, with a massive sense of achievement when driven fast thanks to the razor’s edge you wander along.
Porsche 911 GT2 RS
Engine: 3.8-litre, flat-six, twin-turbocharged petrol
Torque: 553lb ft
Gearbox: 7-spd dual-clutch automatic
Top speed: 211mph
Fuel economy: 19.9mpg
CO2 rating/BIK: 269g/km, 37%
Stropping that razor is the 3.8-litre twin turbo flat six, feeding the rear wheels through a seven-speed PDK transmission. With 690bhp that’s a full 118bhp more than even a Porsche Turbo S. That’s backed up by a monstrous 553lb ft of torque, available at max from 2250rpm to 4000rpm.
The chassis has been severely tweaked, with ‘helper springs’ which allow lighter main suspension springs. The last GT3 RS had this set up on the rear, but here it’s at all four corners. Everything has a rose joint, everything is tweaked, lowered, adjusted and refined. Carbon ceramic discs sit on wheels which are shod at the rear with 325/30 ZR21s.
Not enough? Okay, there’s a magnesium roof, carbonfibre bonnet, wings and much more besides. The seat backs are carbonfibre, the roll cage is made from titanium. It goes on. So, given all that, what’s it actually like?
The first thing you’ll notice is the sheer noise. At 70mph you really won’t be able to talk to a passenger, or indeed yourself, with any clarity at all. It’s that loud, a sound that simply overwhelms the senses with its power and violence.
That noise delivers an immense amount of power – once you’ve waited just a fraction for the turbos to spool up. There’s a touch of lag and then the world goes crazy. But power is hugely linear, meaning you have what feels like maximum thrust from low down all the way to the 7200rpm redline. It’s massive. We’re talking 0-62mph in just 2.8 seconds – those huge rear wheels and tyres have a lot of work to do to achieve that.
The steering is awesomely good, light, direct, full of feel, totally responsive. It helps with the sensation of connection between you and the car, whether you’re hurtling down a back road or blasting some laps round the track.
But what it isn’t is as utterly ridiculous as some experienced people would think. It’s not wayward, and it’s certainly not dangerous. It’s very fierce, abrupt, and decisive, that’s for sure, but only when you want it to be. Other Porsches, like the GT3 or even a GTS, might be a touch better in certain circumstances, but if you want a car that is, well, ridiculous under certain circumstances, then this is it.