For Porsche, using the GT2 badge is no ordinary event. The German carmaker takes very seriously the hardcore edition they launch into the market. Vehicles like these can be either a game-changer or a huge bomb for the company.
In the case of the GT2 R2 in the hands of Porsche, it’s needed to say that we already saw one, back in 2011. Back in the moment (and still, for those true fans), the 2011 GT2 R2 represented a sounding success, a jaw-dropping sports vehicle that truly transformed into a relentless beast when placed on the track.
Now the badge is coming, with more muscle and agility. Seven years later, the 2018 911 GT2 R2 hits the market with its expected exclusivity and an exciting spirit of speed and genuine motorsport profile.
Among the many interesting things about the 2018 911 GT2 R2 is that it will be the most expensive and fastest 911 ever made. For Porsche, building 911s is like a no-ending journey. So, the smartest move is to reinvent the name every single chance they have to do so.
The previous GT2 R2, which was limitedly produced, was advertised as the most aggressive and insane driving machine ever made by the German carmaker. Back then, the numbers were crazy indeed: 620 horsepower in such a light, RWD vehicle. Yes, it was quite expensive. However, it was sold like hot bread.
Now, Porsche took the very best from that experience and create something that belongs to another segment, some that will be dangerous and fun enough. What can we expect from the 2018 911 GT2 R2? Hard to tell. Porsche has been excelling with remarkable sports cars recently, so we have all the right reasons to believe that it will be, as we mentioned before, a game changer.
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Without losing more time, let’s get into the details.
Lots of German Muscle
It isn’t crazy to think that Porsche is betting on more power every year. Of course, Porsche sports cars have always been powerful and fast. Yet, they achieve outstanding performance mainly because of their weight and aerodynamics. Now we are seeing how bigger engines are arriving at long-lasting Porsche models like the 911. This is good news thou, at least for petrol-heads who no longer care about fuel efficiency or preserving the environment.
Now, what is going to offer the 2018 911 GT2 R2 in this matter? This limited edition is taking the Turbo S’s powerplant, which is a 3.8-liter flat-six. But what makes this engine really interesting are the massive turbos, a titanium exhaust system, and an enhanced charge-cooling system based on water injection. Porsche took a winning engine, the one that moves the Turbo S forward, and improved it beyond expectations.
The power output so far is 700 horsepower and up to 553 lb-ft of maximum torque. The setup is completed with an exclusive version of the 7-speed dual-clutch PDK automatic transmission, optimized to generate the very best results on the 2018 911 GT2 R2. Porsche customized the well-known PDK gearbox to excel when onboard of the upcoming 911, aiming to off-the-record traction.
This is not all good news, of course. Porsche knows that its fans are truly expecting a manual transmission version, one that provides a real motorsport experience, even when driving to the supermarket. Recent limited-edition models from the German carmaker were offered with a manual gearbox, something that caused remarkable acclaim. Unfortunately, it seems like the 2018 911 GT2 R2 isn’t one of them.
During the announcement, Porsche claimed that the 2018 911 GT2 R2 can go from zero to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 2.7 seconds, having a top speed of 211 mph (340 km/h). But this isn’t an exclusive achievement of the power output. The development of this sports car included a lot of weight reduction, something that certainly had a very positive impact on the numbers we are now seeing. Braking power is provided by carbon-ceramic brake rotors, which come as standard.
A sports car like the 2018 911 GT2 R2 deserves top-notch technology in terms of performance. Porsche was determined about it and added plenty of features that aim to the very best behavior possible on the track.
With this limited-edition vehicle, lucky owners will get a PSM stability-control system that is deeply customized to affect the rear-axle steering and chassis behavior. Multiple driving modes allow the driver to choose the desired behavior on the road. Let’s make clear that the 2018 911 GT2 R2 is a street-legal vehicle, not a track-focused edition for track-exclusive use. This means that users can choose how the vehicle behaves outside.
In case you choose the Sport mode, the PSM stability-control system goes all in to enhance both power and handling. The car takes all the power from the epic engine and smartly distribute it through the PDK transmission and RWD layout.
More than Just Looks
The 2018 911 GT2 R2 looks how it looks for a reason. Every single element that is present on this epic supercar has a clear objective in terms of performance. We are talking of the finest 911 ever created, so there is a lot of attention to details.
All exterior panels on the 911 GT2 R2 have been modified, always respecting the 911 spirit. We can see many elements that recall us to the famous GT3 RS, like carbon fiber panels, an appealing three-part grille, and fender vents in the front fascia.
At the rear side, we find a massive spoiler that makes a solid different, both in terms of intimidating visuals and downforce. Magnesium was used to finish the roof, saving plenty of weight in the process. Carbon fiber continues to be a constant on many different elements, both in and out. This in order to eliminate as many pounds as possible.
Porsche is also offering an optional Weissach package that takes the lightweight factor even further. This costly package replaces many elements with magnesium and carbon fiber, like the wheels, roof panel, and anti-roll bars.
To finish its exterior appearance, Porsche chose 20-inch wheels in the front and 21-inch in the rear. As expected, these wheels come wrapped in the very best rubber possible, high-performance tires to have a racing-grade behavior on the track.
An Epic Interior to Close the Deal
Of course, Porsche wouldn’t neglect the 2018 911 GT2 R2, even when we are talking about a die-hard performance vehicle. With this supercar, we get no rear seats and the two we have at the front, follow the example of other vehicles in the lineup, as the 918 Sypder hypercar and the GT3.
The upholstery treatment gets a red-and-black combo on leather and microsuede. Surprisingly, Porsche isn’t neglecting comfort or entertainment in the cabin for the sake of performance. The PCM infotainment system that includes navigation and the Porsche Track Precision app is included as standard. If you want to upgrade the race-tracking functions, the optional Chrono package is needed.
The Bottom Line
The 2018 911 GT2 R2 is may be the next move from Porsche in order to position itself as a leading supercar manufacturer. As we mentioned before, the previous GT2 R2 was highly limited, something that keeps its true potential at bay. However, there are no pre-established production limits for this upcoming model. This means that there will be power for everyone with the right amount of money at hand.
With all the power and performance specs offered by this epic 911, we are seeing the most powerful 911 ever, which is quite of an achievement. The 911 brand has a very extensive history and it continues far from ending. This model has plenty to offer in the years to come and the new GT2 R2 is a solid statement that affirms this belief.
The price tag also sets a record for the 911 brand: $294,250 for the base model. This includes no package and getting, at least, the Weissach package for enhanced weight requires expending $31,000 more.