911 GT2 RS: The most powerful street-legal Porsche of all time

Ultimate road-going 911 packs 620 ultra-efficient turbocharged horsepower

MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 12 /CNW/ - The fastest and most powerful road-going sports car in the company's history, the new 911 GT2 RS is the new king of the hill in Porsche's sports-car lineup, delivering truly blistering performance on the road and track. It makes its world debut at the Moscow auto show on August 25, 2010.

Weighing just 1,370 kg in road trim with all fluids on board and packing 620 horsepower, the 911 GT2 RS is the ultimate exemplar of the Porsche Intelligent Performance philosophy. Despite producing a whopping 90 more horsepower than the 911 GT2, lightweight construction reduces weight by 70 kg and results in an incredible power-to-weight ratio of just 2.21 kg/hp. Lighter weight and increased efficiency also result in lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions - both reduced by about 5 per cent versus the 911 GT2.

To deliver its enormous power, the 3.6-litre, six-cylinder boxer engine is boosted by two turbochargers with variable turbine geometry. It transmits drive to the rear wheels exclusively via a six-speed manual gearbox. The results are acceleration times more in keeping with a pure race car than a road-bound sports car: 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds, 0 to 200 km/h in just 9.8 seconds, and 0 to 300 km/h in 28.9 seconds, with a top track speed of 330 km/h. Equally astonishing stopping power comes courtesy of standard Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB).

Developed specifically for the 911 GT2 RS, tires measuring 245/35 ZR 19 at the front and 325/30 ZR 19 at the rear deliver cornering performance to match the straight-line speed. Extreme cornering dynamics are ensured by the sporting RS setup of the springs, Porsche Adaptive Suspension Management (PASM), unique anti-roll bars, specific engine mounts and recalibrated Porsche Stability Management (PSM), whose stability and traction control functions can be switched off individually.

The combined effect of these developments is evident on the racetrack. Indeed, the ultimate 911 laps the famed Nürburgring-Nordschleife racetrack in just 7 minutes and 18 seconds.

In its looks, the new 911 GT2 RS stands out clearly from the other 911 models through the lavish use of carbon-fibre-reinforced (CFR) components with a matt-black surface finish, even wider centre-locking wheels (including flared arches at the front) and "GT2 RS" model designations on the doors and rear lid. Matte-finish carbon also graces the redesigned front spoiler lip and the taller (by 10 mm) rear spoiler lip - which both enhance aerodynamic precision and provide extra downforce.

The interior of the 911 GT2 RS also exudes sporting performance in virtually every detail. Lightweight two-piece bucket seats made of carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic are standard, as are lightweight door panels with fabric straps instead of door handles. The basic interior colour is black, which contrasts with red elements, such as the seat centre sections, the roof lining and segments of the steering wheel rim. The gearshift and handbrake lever are also finished in red alcantara.

Limited to a maximum of just 500 units worldwide, at a price of $297,000, the 911 GT2 RS not just explosively fast; it will be extremely exclusive and expensive as well.

Note: Photos of the new 911 GT2 RS are available to accredited journalists in the Porsche Press Database at http://presse.porsche.de. Footage material is available to registered users at http://www.thenewsmarket.com/porsche.

/NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available at http://photos.newswire.ca. Images are free to accredited members of the media/

SOURCE PORSCHE CANADA

For further information: For further information: Laurance Yap, (416) 450-4399, laurance.yap@porsche.ca

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