• Mar 20th 2008 at 10:57AM
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Click above for high-res gallery of dressed-to-kill GT2

We've already chronicled the debut of the Porsche GT2, and shown you pics of it from the Frankfurt Motor Show, but the red one on display here at the New York Auto Show looks hotter than any other we've seen. We think it's those new factory-option black rims, but there's definitely something special about this hottest 997 offering. 530 HP 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, too. Check out the gallery and see what you think.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      RIMS, or as the kids say, REEEEEIMSSSSS

      The red & black/silver looks pretty ostentatious though; perfect for cruising down Rodeo Dr. or the streets of Miami.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Who cares, the RIMS/WHEELS look nice, I love it and I want one.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is a pet peeve I normally let go, but since I expect AUTOblog to be actual enthusiasts, I have to post the point.

      They are WHEELS, not RIMS. RIMS is a slang term that everyone uses because rappers do. It's about as appropriate as referring to diamond jewelry as 'Ice'.

      A rim is a PART of a wheel. That GT2 (in all it's sweetness) has polished rims on a black wheel. Get it?

      I hear 'rims' all the time, and I normally let it go, but if you post 'rims' instead of 'wheels' on an auto enthusiast website, you basically flush your credibility down the toilet. Basically, it looks like you don't have a clue about what you're talking about.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Firley* sorry
        • 7 Years Ago
        Rims was used as a colloquial term for wheels long before hip hop culture arrived.
        • 7 Years Ago
        "They are WHEELS, not RIMS."

        You are correct, sir. That usage of the word bugs me, too.
      • 7 Years Ago
      New guy here! I am amazed by the comparisons people make between the GT-R, Z06, 911TT/GT2. In fact I can't imagine too many people cross shopping these cars. As great as the GT-R is it lacks a big litre V8, as great as the Z06 is it lacks a small litre V6, both cars lack a small litre flat 6 and so on and so forth. They all put up great numbers but are too different to be cross shopped in my opinion.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd like to address all three discussions going on here.

      1) Language is connected to culture. rims are the "new" word for wheels. It's an accepted word and every one knows what is being objectified so it's ok to replace wheels with rims. It's just like calling a condom a hat. Or calling a wireless phone a cell phone. Cell phones haven't existed in years, but people still call phones cell phones. There are a million examples of this. As long as everyone knows what is being referred to, there shouldn't be a problem.

      2) The GT2 is a rare exotic imported sports car. Although a car lover may have both a ZR-1 and GT2 in their garage, they wouldn't consider the two interchangable. The base 911 is 10 times as nice of a car as a Corvette. It just is.

      3) I'm not sure why everyone keeps comparing the Cayman to the 911, they are two totally different cars built for different reasons. The Cayman is more of a raw track car. It's smaller, lighter, a two seater, and has less polished feel. The 911 is an all around beauty. It's interior has a goregous inbterior, it has weight, it's torquey, it has the who Porsche marque behind it.

      I'm in the process of purchasing a 997 4S and I first considered the Cayman, but after driving both, I realized that they were so different that they weren't even in the same league.

      I wouldn't even consider the Vette or the GT-R because they are just different. I'm not as concerned about sheer numbers and performance. After a while, that really just goes out the window and you look for refinement and polish. You look for craftmanship and service. You look for something that's more about image than magazine numbers. That's why I picked Porsche. I can't imagine paying that much for a car then taking it to a Chevy or Nissan dealership and having to deal with that. The Porsche environment knows how to make you feel special. The name is respected and the build quality is second to none.

      IMHO, Porsche is the best car maker in the world. Their products have stood the test of time. Look at how much a 1996 911 is going for now... arond $65,000 They cost more now than when they were new. That tells you something. A 1996 Vette can be purchased for $15,000.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Agree with everything here...

        But just have to comment on Nastinupe's 3rd point about Cayman comparison, and add to Namir's comments on it...

        The Cayman is an inherently more stable chassis, and with porsche's quality construction, is therefore capable of more potential, due to being mid-engined, rather than rear-engined.

        No doubt the 911 is gorgeous, I wholeheartedly agree. But it is funny that you mention it's gorgeous interior as a rationale.

        The GT2 and GT3 (ironically the FARTHEST 911 trim from grand touring) are the most focused 2-seat sports/racing cars in the 911 catalog. They are the rawest, and least refined. But also the fastest (turbocharged and non-turbocharged, respectively.)

        GT4 perhaps should be a Cayman, then, or Club Sport, RS, or other raw sports car monicker that Porsche likes to use.

        Farnbacher-Loles, Tech-Art, Gemballa, Ruf/Stola, and others have tuned the Cayman with larger 3.8 X51 engines, or GT3 engines, or even turbo or supercharger kits... and those cars are just as powerful as, and handle better than 911s.

        Porsche's GT1/Prototypes are mid-engined. The Carrera GT was mid-engined. There is an advantage, not to say that the 911 should go away, it should most definitely not go away.

        But Porsche seems to be so protective, that they will likely never introduce a truly optimized and powerful Cayman for fear of the effects on the perception of the 911.

        Aston Martin put the racing-program version of the DBS/DB9/Vanquish V12 into the 2-seat, short length Vantage, and the Vantage RS is the result, and a fantastic result.

        I doubt Cayman is going to pole-vault over the rest of the Porsche lineup like that, with an official GT-spec model with high power output.

        But if I had the cash for a uber-porsche like this... but I'd probably go instead for a Farnbacher-Loles Cayman GT-R with a GT3 engine, Limited-slip diff, Bilstein adjustable suspension, and this GT2's bodywork from the A-pillar forward, and a custom rear bumper that looks similar, and Tech-Art's GT2-like wing for the Cayman, and nice forged WHEELS. :D

        And if I have enough left over... have the quarter windows elongated a bit to look a bit more like the 911. The cayman's quarter windows are the only real appearance drawback, where the 911's look so nice.
        • 7 Years Ago
        If you're concerned with the whole "image" thing, then you might as well as buy a used F360 or Diablo. A supercar Porsche (unless it's Carrera GT) is probably the worst attention getter.

        To 95% of people walking on the street, a GT2 looks identical to a Boxter, except the Boxter is convertible, so it must be more "upscale"...

        You'll have better chance attracting a crowd with a GTR or Viper.

        • 7 Years Ago
        @ nastinupe: Beautifully summarized. Those who get it will understand. Those who refuse to understand won't get it. No harm done either way.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ho hum... same overall look and design with some refreshing. The "911" look at been around since the '80s and although a nice "classic" look, if Honda or Toyota did the same thing with a vehicle, people would be killing them.

      With this said, lovely car though... still... :)
        • 7 Years Ago
        That's because they are Honda or Toyota. As the saying goes, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". The Porsche 911 is a classic, iconic design. The fact that it has remained basically the same for over 35 years speaks for itself.

        The GT2 is simply the culmination of decades of engineering and styling accomplishment that has not been matched by any other company in the history of sport cars.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Since the '80s? Don't you mean the '60s?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yeah, using the word rims is ok to use. Wheels too. No big deal. You can even call the trunk a boot and I won't get pissed.

      Just don't call me late for a test drive if you ever buy one of these. I'd love to take one for spin.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Let's keep it in the Porsche family then. The question we should be asking is when the Cayman product line is going to get the Turbo GT2 treatment. It's a better car than the 911 in so many regards that it's a crime for Porsche to keep holding it back from both technical advances and marketing promotion. Porsche should have long introduced more Cayman performance variants and Porsche should be highlighting the Cayman in the trade shows. The 911 is tired and played out. Porsche needs to address the competition with bold exciting changes or risk becoming irrelevant.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Agree on the Cayman comment....

        What I am surprised of is the fact that the Car that they have on display must have been driven....look at the front (small scatch), exhaust area - black, below front fenders - plastic piece scratched (on all moder porsches) when doing hard cornering...... Car look's very much the same they had at Rennsport Reunion in November just with different Rim's....
      • 7 Years Ago
      see what you think? lol

      that car looks so badass, it's a shame it's out of my league.
      • 7 Years Ago
      ...and to be clear (and more on-topic): I'd cut off a finger to put that GT2 in my garage.
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