• Mar 13, 2011
2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS – Click above to watch the video after the jump

The first 20 examples of the Porsche 911 GT2 RS were delivered last month at El Toro Air Station in Irvine, California. Owners who picked up their cars at the event had the opportunity to log track time with Porsche driving instructors before being released on the streets with their new 620-horsepower terrors.

Porsche High Performance Cars manager Andreas Preuninger was on hand to oversee delivery of the car he spent the last four years developing as a skunkworks-style project. According to Preuninger, he and the engineers who developed the 997 GT2 and GT3 RS started the project during testing of the "regular" GT2 at the Nurburgring. Essentially, the design brief was to combine the stripped-down nature of the GT3 RS and the power of the GT2 to build the fastest 911 possible.

To get every detail nailed down, Porsche engineers logged nearly 435,000 testing miles and another 80,000 hours of engineering time.

The end result is a 620-horsepower lightweight Porsche 911 that set a 7:18 lap time around the Nurburgring. The most-powerful Porsche ever built, the 911 GT2 RS was designed not as a money-making venture, but an exercise in supercar muscle-flexing by Porsche. The fact that Porsche stuck with the project despite its dubious profitability makes it even more amazing. Hit the jump to watch video of the GT3 RS in action.

[Source: Porsche via YouTube]

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      • 3 Years Ago
      I wish American auto makers were as passionate about there super cars as Porsche is. Just imagine a 2,900lbs Corvette Z06 with a carbon fiber tub, 600hp engine, dual clutch transmission, high quality materials(not plastic) and a great looking interior. I can guarantee you that a lot of people would pay $150K-200K for that kind of Corvette.
        • 3 Years Ago
        It is impressive if Porsche turned out 620hp from a twin turbo inline-6, but unfortunetly they never did.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The only thing a ZR1 has in common is a 600+ hp engine.. Which isn't impressive consider Porsche squeezes 620hp out of a twin turbo inline 6.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The focus of the American auto makers is much broader than that of Porsche. The Americans focus mostly on affordable, everyday and fleet cars. To the contrary, Porsche is solely a high-end brand whose focus is mainly sports/super cars. That is what they are known for.

        Though the Americans are making gains in the areas you addressed, you must remember that Porsches and Corvettes are going after slightly different markets. One is for someone who wants performance for the buck while the other is for those who want performance and are less concerned with price.

        Sure, the ZR-1 is up there in price, but it is still based off that base model Corvette. Significant upgrades to its interior would prove costly for a company that is still trying to recover.
        • 3 Years Ago
        "The only thing a ZR1 has in common is a 600+ hp engine.. Which isn't impressive consider Porsche squeezes 620hp out of a twin turbo inline 6."

        Who cares? It's not all about the hp any way as there are many other factors that come into play.

        That flat 6 can produce 800hp and there will still be those of us who love the rumble of a good ole V-8. I know those Porsches sound beautiful, but it is just not quite the same.

        Why try to draw comparisons between two cars with a totally different philosophies on achieving great performance while hating on other people's preferences?

        They are both great cars, so it seems pointless.
        • 3 Years Ago
        My apologies, I meant flat six. It's pretty amazing that a 3.6 & 3.8l flat six can handle 800+ hp. I think there are even a few tuners that have made 1000hp on with the 3.6l. Obviously it serves no purpose other than in a straight line, But still neat none the less.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can't wait to see afew of the top U.S. auto mags do their newest head-to-head supercar comparison test. Assuming none of the euro cars blowup or breakdown, it should be interesting to read/watch.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey Santa....yea.....
      • 3 Years Ago
      Saw a black one at Cars and Coffee in Virginia Beach a few weeks ago.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Jorsn, I think you mean a flat six, not an inline six. Also the horsepower number is impressive not because of the number of cylinders, but because of the Porsche's displacement of 3.6 liters compared to the Corvette's 6.2 liters. I wonder what kind of numbers Porsche could generate with a 6.2 liter engine.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's the way to take delivery of a car. Oh to dream.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not the first time Porsche has lost money selling a car.

      The Porsche 959 was sold for only half of what it cost to build.
      • 3 Years Ago
      ohhh come on...what a baby crying ....RUF achived 600hp long time ago ...also 9ff and a lot of tunners too
      I really like the car and the way it accelerate ...but lets see the new Vspect latter jeje
        • 3 Years Ago
        ...A few more racing stickers, a cai, and some tight rims, and your Civic might be able to hang with this beast... that is if it already had a flimsy body kit and big rear spoiler.

        All kidding aside, 600hp isn't exactly something to poke fun of in such a fine automobile.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Well, sure. There are 600 HP Honda Civics, but this isn't a "tunner" car. It's straight from the factory.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am sorry but this Porshe at Nubergring is time is 7.25 not 7.18 .because Porshe made a short race.the Nurb. say to put 7sec.more for the same distance then a Viper ACR 7.22 and non-officiel Corvette 7.23.this change the rules.never Trust German people about car?we never see a prouve about the new world record by Veron?thank Michel
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just hate that so many of these cars will likely never be appreciated, even by their owners. Some people think "It's a flashy car", some people will think "Oh, it's just a Porsche", and the owners might just be "It's exclusive/limited edition". And while, yes, all of that is true...
      This is THE Porsche. This is the car they've been working towards for so long. It may only be one milestone, but this is like the new 959, this is the new 917, this is new Carrera GT. People who care about Porsche's will think of THIS car. It's the ultimate 911, and the ultimate Porsche. And so many more passionate drivers, and more passionate Porsche lovers (like myself and I imagine many others) will likely never see one in person, and most definitely will never get first hand experience with this car.
      If I won the lottery right now?
      • 3 Years Ago
      620hp 911... That is UNSANE.

      They look amazing lined up like that in those colors. Pure eye candy...
      • 3 Years Ago
      hey its yet another 911 variant..i cant hate on porsche as they make awesome cars - i just wish they'd be less subtle when they make updates to the 911; but if it aint broke...
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