Porsche 911 GT2 RS: The day I drove a unicorn will be etched in my heart forever

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Porsche 911 GT2 RS
Porsche 911 GT2 RS
Clavern Van der Post

• 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.

• For more motoring stories, go to Wheels24

People often ask us as motoring journalists: "What's the best car you've ever driven?". And seemingly, every year, I always tend to have a different answer. However, without a doubt, the GT2 RS will be on top of my list for a very long time to come.

I have never gone out of my way to teach my daughter to differentiate between automakers and models, mostly because I want her to be her own person and not dictate the life of a petrolhead or force her to follow in my footsteps. Yet, she's proving that being exposed to all sorts of cars is something she seems to enjoy in any case.

She said to me, somewhat surprisingly, the day when my Wheels24 colleague Charlen Raymond pulled the yellow-ray of sunshine up in our driveway: "Mommy, is this a Porsche?"

"Yes, my darling", I said, "but not any Porsche. If a unicorn had to be a car, this would be it."

She looked confused, and naturally, I had to explain what I meant, that it's an extraordinary car.

I told her it has more power than all the My Little Pony's had if they had to put all their strengths together - 515kW of it and 795Nm of torque. 

Then I said it's so fast, it goes more quickly than her heart can beat 100 times in a minute; it can reach 100km/h in just 2.7 seconds. And it can fly faster than her Wonder Woman superhero at a top speed of 340km/h.

I almost regretted that she was strapped in beside me in the passenger seat because there's no way I'd go utterly full throttle, even in a safe environment on quiet roads.

But hearing her say, "Mommy, will you please go fast with me?" I couldn't entirely deny her sweet request.

The GT2 RS is unlike any other sportscar from the German brand. And as Charlen says, it commands your undivided attention at all times. It's even better than the GT4 with a manual transmission; I never thought I would be saying that less than a year after driving it. 

I said that the GT4 made me feel like my soul was one with the car, but it doesn't even compare to this. The GT2 RS is engineering perfection. It's raw yet refined all at the same time. And if R7-million is the price to pay for absolute pure bliss, then in a perfect world, I'd say: "Take my money, right now."

Yes, its ferocious yet harmonious roar is brash. Its character might even come across as flamboyant, but a car has never tamed my heart and calmed my spirit the way this GT2 RS has. 

This 911 GT2 RS is fitted with the optional Weissach package that reduces the car's weight (1 470kg) by an additional 30kg thanks to additional carbon-fibre and titanium on the roof, anti-roll bar, and the roll cage inside the car. There's even a fire extinguisher fitted in the passenger floor side.

Naturally my daughter loved the colour-coded yellow seatbelts and other subtle trimmings. She also noted the seats which are very different to the ones in the usual test cars. "These seats are so snug, Mommy, like they're hugging you, and they feel so nice," as she referred to the nappa leather seats.

Wheels24's Charlen Raymond says: "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."

READ | DRIVEN: 515kW Porsche 911 GT2 RS an uncompromisingly brilliant driver's car

Our encounter might have been way too brief for our liking as it passed through the Wheels24 test garage, but I'll remember driving this unicorn forever. 

As we sadly took this beautiful beast back to Porsche Cape Town, she said to me softly: 

"You know what, Mommy? Maybe Dianna (Wonder Woman) should just get her a car like this."

I think so too, my darling. 

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