Got your calendar out? The Porsche 997 GT2 will attend its first meet-and-greet with the general public at the Frankfurt Auto Show later this year.
The newest howler rumbles with 525 bhp. Turn up the boost and play with the black box, and you can have 530 bhp at 2000 rpm. The engine gets a few tweaks like a more robust oil cooler and a stiffer crank. More serious modifications include wearing the GT3 suspension, ceramic brakes, shorter gears, a stripped out cabin, and being RWD only. It's 220 pounds less than the Turbo, and it's the first production Porsche to run past 200 mph. Although slower than the Turbo from 0-60, the shorter gearing and that massive low-end horsepower mean in-gear acceleration is expected to be measured in Warp Factors. The gargantuan rear wing is adjustable for track or road duty. The power-to-weight ratio will be 354 bhp per ton, 8 less than the Ferrari 599 -- but the Porsche weighs nearly 500 pounds less than the Ferrari . . . and the Ferrari has air conditioning.
It shows up at dealers in 2008. Start saving now, 'cause it's gonna cost a gang o' money. Yes, that's a technical term.
[Source: Car magazine]