Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS (2017-2018)

Actual premiere: 2017 June 11, Los Angeles, Xbox/Forza 7 press event at the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo
Official premiere: 2017 June 30, Goodwood Festival of Speed

Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS
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Technical specification and comparison

Modification Engine kW lb-ft Nm Gearbox 60 mph 100 km/h 160 km/h 200 km/h 300 km/h mph km/h kg lb W/lb W/kg Nordschleife
2017 911 991 GT2 RS without roll cage 3.8T 515 551 750 PDK 7-speed 2.7 sec. 2.8 sec. 5.8 sec. 8.3 sec . 22.1 sec. 211 340 1470 3241 159 350
2017 911 991 GT2 RS Weissach 3.8T 515 551 750 PDK 7-speed 2.7 sec. 2.8 sec. 5.8 sec. 8.3 sec . 22.1 sec. 211 340 1470 3241 159 350 6:47.3
2017 911 991 GT2 RS Clubsport 3.8T 515 551 750 PDK 7-speed 2.7 sec. 2.8 sec. 5.8 sec. 8.3 sec . 22.1 sec. 211 340 1500 3307 156 343
2010 911 997 GT2 RS Clubsport 3.6T 456 515 700 manual 6-speed 3.4 sec. 3.5 sec. 9.8 sec. 28.9 sec. 205 330 1370 3020 151 333 7:18
2017 911 991 GT3 4.0 368 338 460 PDK 7-speed 3.2 sec. 3.4 sec. 7.3 sec. 11.0 sec. 198 318 1430 3153 117 257 7:12.7 (not stock car)
Weight here is DIN weight = car with 90% fuel, no driver, no cargo. Weight of German versions with standard equipment.


How a rear-wheel drive GT2 RS achieves the promised acceleration figures is unbelievable. The engine came from the Turbo S and was further tuned. The car has an intercooler water spray system. The exhaust system was made of titanium and weighs ~7 kg/15 lb less than the steel system in the Turbo. Like the 991 Turbo and the GT3, the GT2 RS has the weight-increasing, but hopefully time-winning, rear-axle steering system. The wheels and tyres measure exactly the same as on the 918 Spyder or the 991 GT3 RS: fronts are 9.5x20" with 265/35 tyres and rears 12.5x21" with 325/30 tyres. For the first time in a street legal Porsche, ball-joints were used in all chassis bearings. Carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) was used for the front lid, front wings, wheel housing vents, outer shells of the mirrors, roof panel, side air intakes, rear lid, rear ram-air intakes and rear spoiler. Typical to the RS Porsche, it was possible to order the 991 GT2 RS without audio system, navigation screen and air conditioning. In reality, cool head makes better lap times than would help you the few extra horses or marginally lower weight.


RS without roll cage and bucket seats

Although in USA we have agreed to a law that bans roll cages and no real-RS (RennSport, German word for racing) Porsches have been sold in the USA, it was the first time that RS Porsche didn't come with the roll-cage as standard in Europe. And that the RS could be ordered without the bucket seats. A racing car without bucket seats and a roll cage is not a racing car. When specified without the RS components, the car should be called just 911 GT2 instead of 911 GT2 RS.


Clubsport package

The weight of the 991 GT cars was up compared to the 997 GT cars, so, the standard specification of the GT2 RS did not contain the Clubsport package in order to have lower weight on the spec sheet. The rather heavy Clubsport safety package includes the steel bolt-in roll cage including reinforcements with connection to bodyshell, 6-point racing harness for the driver, fire extinguisher and preparation for battery disconnect switch. The 991 GT2 RS is 100 kg/220 lb heavier without the Clubsport package than the 997 GT2 RS was with the Clubsport package. Considering the Clubsport package is around ~30 kg/66 lb, then the 991 GT2 RS is ~130 kg/290 lb heavier than the 997 GT2 RS was. Similarly equipped, the heavier 991 GT2 RS still has a 3% better power-to-weight ratio compared to the 997 GT2 RS.


Weissach package

To get the roll cage that was needed for 6-point harness and for added safety without adding weight to the car, the solution was the Weissach package. It uses titanium for the safety cage and magnesium for the wheels saving ~30 kg/66 lb compared to the Clubsport package cars. So, the Weissach version more or less retained the weight of the standard car, but had the needed safety equipment and unsprung masses reduced. The titanium safety cage designed for track day use saved 12 kg/26 lb compared to the steel cage, but was without motorsport approval. The lightweight wheels came straight from the 918 Spyder Weissach version saving 11.5 kg/25 lb compared to the forged aluminium wheels. Anti-roll bars and coupling rods used CFRP. There was a plaque with Weissach package logo on the dashboard and headrests were embroidered with Weissach package logo. The front lid and the carbon-weave finish roof were emblazoned with a central strip in the car color. Rear wing came with the large ‘PORSCHE’ logo. It was possible to order the Weissach package without the roll cage.


700 hp

In high-speed acceleration the weight doesn't make much difference, but power does, and the 991 GT2 RS is clearly beating the already insane 997 GT2 RS there. The 991 GT2 RS has similar acceleration to 200 mph/320 km/h as the 918 Spyder supercar!

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Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS Weissach
Color scheme of the Weissach version © Porsche
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Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS front spoiler opening
While 20 years earlier the 996 Carrera showed how plain the design of the 911 can be, with the 991 GT2 RS Porsche marketers and designers have explored the other extreme to show how troubled the design can be. © Porsche
Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS
The 991 GT2 RS was first shown at the Xbox/Forza 7 press event in Los Angeles on June 11, 2017 © Xbox
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Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS in Goodwood
NACA ducts inside front lid were developed for cockpit ventilation on the 991 GT3 Cup 4.0, but are here to improve brake system cooling and more importantly, for the looks. © Porsche
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Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS top view
Check out the side sill extensions © Porsche
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Optional magnesium wheels are part of the Weissach package © Xbox
Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS premiere in Goodwood
Premiere at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 30, 2017 © Porsche
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Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS Weissach top view
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Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS forged aluminium wheel
Standard forged aluminium wheels in GT3 RS design except the 'GT2 RS' embossed logo © Porsche
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Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS exhaust flap
Exhaust flap © Porsche
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Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS exhaust flame
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Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS rear view
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Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS drifting
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Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS rear corner vent
Cool... © Porsche
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Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS Weissach top rear corner view
PORSCHE-lettering for the rear spoiler comes with the Weissach package © Porsche
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Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS
Lightweight glass has been used for the rear and side windows © Porsche
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Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS engine air intake
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Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS front fender vent
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Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS
Standard car (without Weissach package) © Porsche
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Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS magnesium wheel
Magnesium wheel from 918 Spyder Weissach version © Porsche
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Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS
Black frames inside the air intakes make them visually larger © Porsche
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Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS front spoiler lip
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Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS, door open
Looks like an invitation from femme fatale - impossible to resist, but only a few can really cope when she is screaming© Porsche
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Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS cockpit
Contrasting color interior pits? In a cockpit where you need maximum concentration and attention for what's outside, not inside. © Porsche
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Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS interior with yellow accents
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Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS dashboard, steering wheel
Have you seen a racing car with disturbing contrasting steering wheel? © Porsche
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Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS Weissach steering wheel
Weissach package steering wheel © Porsche
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Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS 340 km/h
400 km/h looks super cool, but down on earth: this speedometer is more optimistic than any speedometer has been before © Porsche
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Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS dashboard
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Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS Weissach dashboard plaque
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Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS door strap
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Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS Weissach embroidered headrests
Wonder why this roll cage has so many reinforcements - instead of heavy steel it is made of light titanium (Weissach package) © Porsche
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Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS Clubsport
The Clubsport steel cage is FIA-approved (front section can be bought from Porsche Motorsport) © Porsche
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Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS engine
515 kW from 3.8-litre engine © Porsche
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Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS power and torque graph

Because of the many unpainted carbon fibre parts, the car looks most serious in black. Of course, a GT2 RS is über-cool in every color, even if it looks childish.

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Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS standard colors
Colors included in the base price: Black (non-metallic as is correct for a racing car), White, Guards Red, Racing Yellow © Porsche
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Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS optional colors
Optional colors: GT Silver Metallic, Crayon, Lava Orange, Miami Blue © Porsche
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Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS wheels (white gold, silver, platinum, black)
Wheels in White Gold, Silver, Matte Platinum and Matte Black © Porsche

Mark Webber said at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed that the 991 GT2 RS is a "King Kong" and that he did 336 km/h (209 mph) on the Nürburgring.


2017 Nürburgring Nordschleife record 6:47.3

On September 20, 2017, the record time of 6:47.3 was achieved in the presence of a notary. It surpassed Porsche’s own expectations as at the start of the development process the target was set under 7:05. The new 911 record even beat Frank-Steffen Walliser's (Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars) previous baby, the 918 Spyder supercar, which had lapped the Nordschleife in 6:57. Do you even remember that the Carrera GT supercar could lap it in 7:28? OK, it wasn't the best-handling Porsche, but the difference between the supercar's 7:28 and the nine-eleven's 6:47 could be measured with a calendar as the racing drivers say. The already insane 997 GT2 RS could lap the Nordschleife in 7:18. The 991 GT2 RS is almost half a minute quicker than its predecessor. This is incomprehensible.

During the record attempts two cars were used by Lars Kern and Nick Tandy. They managed to do five laps under 6:50 and the record was done by Lars Kern, who has delivered Porsche Nordschleife records before. The new 911 GT2 RS Weissach lap record translates to a average speed of 184 km/h (114 mph).

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Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS Nübrurgring record
Lars Kern doing what he does best - setting new lap records for Porsche © Porsche
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Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS Nübrurgring record
Lars Kern driving as can be told by the helmet © Porsche
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Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS Nübrurgring record
Although the 991 GT2 RS has a claimed top speed of 340 km/h, with the high downforce setting for Nürburgring the top speed is around 313 km/h (194 mph) © Porsche
Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS Nübrurgring record
Eugen Oberkamm (Director Motorsport), Andreas Preuninger (Director GT Models), fastest Porsche driver Lars Kern and Frank-Steffen Walliser (Vice President Motorsport and GT-Cars)© Porsche

Press launch event in Algarve, Portugal

In total 60 journalists from 19 countries had the chance to see, breathe, drive and praise the 991 GT2 RS at the Algarve race track in November 2017. How can a sportscar become crazier or more refined than this?

2017 Portimao GT2 RS press launch - Walliser
Frank-Steffen Walliser created a 911 that is 10 seconds quicker around the Nürburgring Nordschleife than his 4 years earlier created 918 Spyder supercar. Walliser is a pure genius - like Ferdinand Porsche was.© Porsche
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2017 Portimao GT2 RS press launch
August Achleitner, director of Porsche sports cars, explains the 991 GT2 RS © Porsche
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2017 Portimao GT2 RS press launch - Guards Red, Speed Yellow, Crayon, Miami Blue
Miami Blue, Crayon, Speed Yellow, Guards Red © Porsche
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2017 Portimao GT2 RS press launch - white
White GT2 RS: cool! White is a typical Porsche racing car color. © Porsche
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2017 Portimao GT2 RS press launch
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2017 Portimao GT2 RS press launch - Miami Blue vs Speed Yellow
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2017 Portimao GT2 RS press launch - Guards Red
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2018 Nürburgring Nordschleife record 6:40.3

13 months after the 991 GT2 RS Weissach version set a new lap record for street legal cars at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, Manthey Racing (MR) improved the record by 7 seconds on October 25, 2018. Minimal modifications were made: front spoiler side flics, rear spoiler, suspension, brake pads, brake lines, water tank, and for some reason factory magnesium wheels were replaced with MR magnesium wheels. Manthey Racing is a Porsche AG's subsidiary with 51% of the shares.

2018 Nürburgring Nordschleife record, Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS MR, Lars Kern
Lars Kern © Manthey Racing
2018 Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS MR
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2018 Nürburgring Nordschleife record, Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS MR
Minimal visible differencies compared to the stock car are the front spoiler side flics, the 'GT2 RS MR' side lettering and the rear spoiler © Porsche
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2018 Nürburgring Nordschleife record, Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS MR
The car could not do more than 315 km/h (196 mph), probably due to the high downforce setting (less likely due to different gearset/final drive) © Porsche
2018 Nürburgring Nordschleife record, Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS MR
As can be seen from the license plate, this Manthey enhanced car belongs to Porsche AG © Manthey Racing
2018 Nürburgring Nordschleife record, Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS MR
The two CEOs of Manthey Racing, Martin and Nicolas Raeder, Porsche development driver Lars Kern and Eugen Oberkamm, Director Motorsport Complete Vehicle Engineering © Porsche

2019 Road Atlanta production car lap record 1:24,88

2019 Road Atlanta production car lap record, Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS
In 2019 Randy Pobst set the Road Atlanta production car lap. In 2018 he had used the GT2 RS to set the production car lap record Laguna Seca and Willow Springs race tracks. © Porsche

Article © James Herne / Stuttcars.com


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911 991 GT2 RS - Machtwort

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911 (991) GT2 RS

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