• The current Porsche 911 GT2 RS has been in production between 2018 and 2020.
• The turbocharged petrol engine produces 515kW and 750Nm.
• The GT2 RS can clear 0-100km/h in under three seconds.
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It's almost unholy how it picks up speed. Floor the throttle, and you are immediately pushed into your seat as the twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre engine spools to the redline, screaming at full-tilt behind you. You hook the next gear as the surge continues and the speed increases without batting an eye. When you decide to come off the throttle and let the car settle, you will be forgiven for giggling like a schoolboy who just had his first kiss.
I don't think anything could have prepared me for the driving experience in the Porsche 911 GT2 RS. Yes, you know about the car and its reputation sends shockwaves through your spine, but piloting this halo sports car is one of those 'once in a lifetime' experiences. It's not just a driving experience in another 911, but a coming together of years of experience and knowledge that's encapsulated in as near a perfect product you'd find anywhere.
Following on from a jolt up the infamous Franschhoek Pass, it provided a moment to reflect on the car's brilliance. And that Porsche managed to turn a 515kW rear-wheel drive monster into a drivable machine. Of course, it should not be possible, yet here we are.
GT2 RS in brief
If you're familiar with the Porsche 911, you'll know that the GT2 RS is the halo model for this legendary sports car. It overshadows everything in the 911 family, including the achingly fast Turbo S and 911 GT3 RS models. However, the GT2 RS in question is not the latest one. See, Porsche only built about 1 000 models between 2017 and 2019, with each car registered for the next year: built 2017, registered 2018. It means that this car is still part of the 991 family of 911s and not the new 992 generation.
But despite it being a previous-generation model, it is still as brilliant as the day it was launched in South Africa. Our 2020 test unit had 8 900km on the clock and a full service history, which meant that it should, theoretically, still be as potent. And it was.
Climbing into the supportive bucket seats might not be a task everyone would be looking forward to, but once seated and strapped in, you are fully aware of the fact that things are about to get special. The Alcantara steering wheel feels snug between one's hands, and the compact nature of the cabin makes you realise the car's intent. The dashboard, information displays and accompanying dials are all very analogue, but it adds to the GT2 RS's presence and charisma. (Given the 992 911 interior's digital approach, expect the next GT2 RS to adopt it, too.)
But without fail, this GT2 RS sticks to its gun as you awaken the beast with the turn of a key. Yes, stick it in the ignition and turn. And what erupts is a raspy sound that will make those with sensitive hearing wish they brought earplugs. It is loud, and it's about to get interesting.
Hold on tight!
Let's reiterate that what Porsche managed to do with its 991 911 GT2 RS defies logic, because with 515kW and 750Nm sent to the rear wheels, the car has to come standard with some form of black magic just to contain it. And once on the move, it's not wrong to assume it! Get off the line quick, and 100km/h is cleared from standstill in 2.7 seconds. Keep your foot down - if you're brave enough - and you should reach the 340km/h top speed.
However, there was no need to explore the car's straight-line prowess. Instead, Franschhoek was the ideal proving grounds as the Pass' nature proved enough as we delved into the car's prowess. And boy, did it impress!
Once the slick 20-inch Michelin tyres are warm, the GT2 RS bolts for the horizon with a surety of what's expected of it. You see the rev needle rush upward and not even a gear change on the brilliant seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox halts the engine as it chases peak performance. The car rushes towards the next bend, followed by a step-and-release action on the brakes before getting back on the throttle. The rear wheels would execute a slight jiggle at times, but bites with confidence once grip has been established. In all, one has to only trust the aerodynamic brilliance of this car to truly feel at one with the car.
It's unfathomable how great this car is, but even more astounding knowing that it is possible to exploit its full potential. As expected, we opted not to disengage the electronic nannies (no one needs to be a hero), which gave us greater confidence to push the car and its limits.
Our 911 GT2 RS is fitted with Porsche's optional Weissach package that reduces the car's weight (1 470kg) by an additional 30kg. This has been made possible by adopting additional carbon-fibre and titanium on the roof, anti-roll bar, and the roll cage inside the car. Why is this of importance? Because the GT2 RS is a racecar for the road. Its entirety is built around being a road missile, but with which you can attend track events and show every car in attendance a clean pair of heels.
A car like this is widely regarded as a unicorn because of its rarity. And with 1 000 units built for the global market during its production run, you can be sure that owning one of these is as special and unique as they come.
For what it is, Porsche should be applauded for producing a car as brilliant and capable as the 991 911 GT RS. In a few years, this car's future might look a whole lot different (i.e., electric mobility), but it will always be remembered as perhaps the greatest 911 ever made. Though no official word has been said on this car's successor, it would take a mighty effort for Porsche to improve on an already perfect recipe.
Here's to hoping that a new 911 GT2 RS is in the pipeline. And long live the world's finest driver's car.