Porsche has revealed the ever-so-slightly bonkers headline act to its current 911 crop, the GT2 RS. Stripped and almost race ready, but also somehow road legal as well, the GT2 RS features a turbocharged engine with extra dollops of power and torque, a lighter body and a steroid fed exterior.
The engine is Porsche's familiar 3.6-litre horizontally-opposed six-cylinder unit; it's boosted by two turbos and pumps out 456kW of power and 700Nm of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox -- no namby-pamby automatics or dual-clutch transmissions here. Nail your clutch and gear work, you can send the GT2 RS flying from zero to 100km/h in 3.5 seconds, to 200km/h in 9.8 seconds and 300km/h in 28.9 seconds.
If you have enough racetrack you can reach 330km/h, while ceramic brakes bring the whole thing to a halt. Despite the performance increase, fuel consumption is down 5 per cent from the superseded GT2 to 11.9L/100km and CO2 emissions are cut to 284g/km.
Local base specifications have yet to be set, but the car will be offered overseas with Porsche's CDR-30 audio system, which can be optioned up to include a USB port for MP3 players, iPhones and USB sticks. Other audio options include a nine-speaker 235W stereo system and satellite navigation with Bluetooth hands-free.
Naturally, you could go completely without and save a few extra kilos, after all that's what the GT2 RS is all about. To shave weight to a scant 1370kg, Porsche's engineers have removed most of the 911's sound-deadening material, replaced some of the glass with synthetics and used carbon fibre liberally for the bonnet, air feeders, wings and seats. Weight-conscious buyers can even replace the standard lead-acid battery with a Lithium-ion pack that saves 10kg.
Production of the 911 GT2 RS will be limited to just 500 units, so cashed up adrenaline junkies will have to be quick. The car will be officially unveiled at the 2010 Moscow Motor Show at the beginning of August with sales to begin in Europe and Australia from September, and in the US from October.
Pricing and specifications have yet to be finalised, but don't expect too much change from AU$500,000. In Europe the base price will be €199,500 (AU$283,320), but that's before local taxes are taken into account -- Germans will have to cough up €237,578 (AU$337,400) for their piece of RS action.