Porsche 911 GT2 RS: scariest car at PCOTY

Published: 22 December 2010

There were lots of questions in my head before we left Dover for the south of France and Performance Car Of The Year 2010, but one was easy: scariest car? The Porsche 911 GT2RS. I reckon you’ll either know exactly what this car is, or you’ll have all the GT and RS cars jumbled together in your brain and won’t have a clue. The simplest way to describe it is a 911 Turbo with the boost tweaked up and the front driveshafts removed. So, 612bhp, 516lb ft and rear-wheel drive. Like I said, scary.

It’s a lot of car, and it’s fair to say it intimidated every last one of us. The first time I got to drive it was in the rain, and it wasn’t any fun at all, what with its Cup rubber and masses of power. These tyres work superbly in the dry, but they don’t clear standing water very well at all and need heat in them to work properly in the damp. It’s the classic downwards spiral: it’s damp, you know the tyres are tricky, you don’t lean on the them, they don’t warm up, you briefly lean on the front end and get understeer, you get scared, the tyres get colder…

But the video below is from a sunny day when I just couldn’t get enough of the GT2 RS. The road is from Sospel, above Nice, and it tracks west through the mountains. Stunning scenery, great road, no traffic, epic car. I just hope the thrill of driving this amazing Porsche translates to video.

By Ben Barry

Contributing editor, sideways merchant, tyre disintegrator