Hot Porsche, cold weather: new 911 GT2 RS spotted

Published: 10 March 2016

► Latest spy shots reveal 911 GT2 RS
► Expected to pack around 690bhp
► Due to receive bespoke aero package

It’s been mere moments since the reveal of the 493bhp Porsche 911R, yet it looks like there’s already another high-performance 911 derivative on the horizon.

The latest addition to Porsche’s ever-expanding line-up, believed captured here during trials in winter conditions, is understood to be the latest iteration of the fabled 911 GT2 RS. 

Yes, the 911 dubbed ‘the scariest car of the year’ during CAR magazine’s Performance Car of the Year 2010, is back – and it’s expected to be as mad as ever.

It’s a model that’s been mooted by Porsche executives, and our spy photographers believe these shots reveal an early prototype of the upcoming 911 GT2 RS.

Surely that’s just a Turbo version?

It certainly looks like it – but there is one key difference. While at a glance appearing like a normal 911 Turbo, replete with wider bodywork and additional air intakes, you’ll note that the rear bumper has been liberally hacked about.

Why? To fit a large-bore, quad-exit exhaust system. That alone suggests all is not as expected under the 911’s rear deck, and tallying with the RS’s more demanding breathing requirements.

It’s going to be more powerful, then?

Oh yes. A power figure of 690bhp has been suggested for the 911 GT2 RS, which would result in devastatingly rapid acceleration. As with the previous iteration, it’s expected that it’ll all be sent to the rear wheels – which should keep drivers on their toes.

No other details have been confirmed yet, but you can expect a lot of fuss over which gearbox it’s likely to be offered with – regardless of which delivers the better performance. It’s also predicted that later prototypes will feature suitably aggressive aero kits, as well as the obligatory weight-saving methods.

The new Porsche 911 GT2 RS is expected to make its debut in late 2017. Until then, stay tuned to this story for more details on the latest addition to Porsche’s line-up as we get them. 

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By Lewis Kingston

Formerly of this parish. Inveterate car buyer and seller; currently owner of a '68 Charger project car