Driving the 911 GT2 RS is a bit like the All Blacks taking on Tonga two weeks out from the RWC. You can be fairly certain of the outcome, and you wonder if the risk outweighs the reward. But it’s sure to be a spectacle. It’s quite something watching the ABs putting on 90 points, the speed of their game, the precision of the execution, all the pieces coming together in a supreme show of class.
And so it is with the 911 GT2 RS, the ultimate imagining of the previous generation 911. Yes, this car is no longer available, the production line now dedicated to the new 911. But hardly ever do we get to experience such an amalgam of exotic alloys, motorsport-honed engineering and raw horsepower. So after administering an equal dose of brave pills and sensible tonic, we took the helm.
While a regular 911 is a conservative looking sportster, this ain’t. The GT2 is wider, lower, winged and vented. The ride height is race-ready; you can barely post a letter under the arches. This is outfitted with the optional Weissach lightweighting package which means those immense wheels are minted from magnesium to save 11kg, the half cage in the rear is made of titanium and there are more carbon bits, including the roof panel and even the sway bars.
The main structure of the GT2 is donated from the Turbo but it’s dressed in carbon reinforced plastic panels while other exclusive bits include the rear and side windows being of lightweight Gorilla Glass. It’s supposed to weigh 1470kg, while our scales said 1536kg, with 63 per cent on the rear thanks to that infamous engine positioning. And this flat six is the most potent ever used in a road-going 911.