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We're a little eager for this year's 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show to start, so while attending the official soiree of media professionals at the Frankfurt Messe, we poked around until something caught our attention. That would be the 2008 Porsche GT2, the most fierce piece of hardware that Stuttgart has to offer. We already know its specs: 530 horsepower from a twin-turbo version of the automaker's famous flat-six, 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds, a 204-mph top speed, and 18.8 mpg makes a nice cherry on top. Numbers on a page didn't prepare us, however, for the awesome presence of Porsche's new GT2. Take a look at the rear rolling stock, for instance, which look Viper thick at 325mm across. Actually, Vipers wear 345 in the rear, but the Porsche's rear rubber is tucked inside a much smaller derriere. Or how about those ginormous disc brakes, which we guess are carbon ceramics based on the fact the calipers were painted yellow. The seats, as well, are bolstered like a big bear hug, while being as thin as your favorite lawn chair to save weight.

We poked around the empty room in which Porsche will officially unveil the GT2 in public tomorrow, but were eventually tossed out like a used set of the GT2's rear tires. Check out the entire group of pics we managed to nab in our gallery below, before getting the big boot, that is.

[Source: Porsche]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      The GT2 looks race ready.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Looks like I caught my best side. :D But seriously, folks, this is an absolutely stunning car. The current Turbos are quicker than anything in the F430/Gallardo/Viper/Z06-level group, by a few tenths. The GT3 sheds some weight and offers a more focused track-like demeanor, sans turbo. This beast gives you the best of both worlds. Turbo power, less weight, more intense all around. While it might lack a bit of the visual impact of the Italians and Americans, Porsche will have no trouble moving every one they can produce. Porsche buyers understand.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Can't Photographers stop being all artsy fartsy for a minute, and get a good profile shot? Nothing against you guys, I just want a good side shot. The floor shots are good, when they show more car than floor!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow! What a scoop!!! (NOT!!!) These overpriced veedub beetles have looked the same for years. Adding a scoop or two and snapping a pic of them is not a, well, scoop!
        • 7 Years Ago
        While I personally agree with WooHoo, Porsche doesn't. Ultimately, they care about the numbers they post, not what people actually say about their cars. As of now, numbers are very good, so what motive do they have to change?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Some people just don't understand...
        • 7 Years Ago
        You are most assuredly not the first person to ever point this out.

        Variable vane turbo chargers + GT3 engine = Carrera GT level of performance.

        I'll take mine in black with the vanity plate:

      • 7 Years Ago
      I agree with woohoo, there is nothing special about the 911 anymore. I realize that it's a fantastic car, but it is waaaaaay overpriced. True Porschephiles will never admit that the Corvette can be compared to a 911, but those people are truly just in denial. Case in point:

      2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS (this is the closest model to the GT2 that this post references to): $122,000.
      0-60: 3.6 seconds
      quarter mile: 12.2 seconds @ 115.2 mph
      hp: 415 hp
      torque: 300 lb. ft.
      claimed top speed: 193 mph
      curb weight: 3213 lbs.

      2008 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: $70,000
      0-60: 3.7 seconds
      quarter mile: 11.8 seconds @ 121.6 mph
      hp: 505
      torque: 470 lb. ft.
      claimed top speed: 197 mph
      curb weight: 3195 lbs.

      But I guess the Corvette doesn't even compare to the $50k more porsche since it's an american car.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The 911 is way better than the corvette. Porsches are bult better, and look way better. Although the z06 is faster than the gt3 it could not compare with the gt2.
        • 7 Years Ago
        At the same time, I can take a $28,000 EVO and dump $10,000 into it and get the same results. It's not about speed or numbers with a Porsche buyers. It's about build quality and exclusivity. I see a Corvette every day I drive. I see 911's maybe once a week.

        P.S. I find it entertaining that Porsche is able to garner almost identical specs to the Z06 with roughly HALF the engine.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I find it funny that the Corvette can acheive nearly the same gas milage with about twice the engine. I also find it funny that Chevy is able to garner almost identical specs to the 911 at roughly HALF the price. But hell, apparently it's worth the extra 50k to be seen once a week instead of once a day.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Automotive Nirvana
        • 7 Years Ago
        the new gt2 is the first 911 over 200 mph. Its about time. Tthe gt2 has a faster lap time at nurburgring than the ferrari f430 and 599, the viper the sl mercedes and the corvettes. It is by far the best car in its class and maybe one of the best 911's ever.
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