Porsche continues to demonstrate the value of relentless, continuing, unstoppable refinement and improvement of products, with the latest example being the 911 GT2 RS, which now stands as the fastest Porsche 911 ever. Which is impressive, considering that they've built a million of the things.
The specifics are 700 horsepower from the twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter flat six-cylinder engine (80 horsepower more than the previous GT2 RS), 553 lb.-ft torque (37 lb.-ft. better), 2.7-second 0-60 mph acceleration, and 211 mph top speed.
That power comes courtesy of enlarged turbos flowing more air into the engine, and it is kept under control by a new additional cooling system that sprays water on the intercoolers to boost their performance when the intake air gets too hot.
As with the 911 itself, Porsche's engineers continue to improve the company's seven-speed dual-clutch Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission, optimizing efficiency and providing uninterrupted torque transfer to the wheels.
The Weissach package trims weight with forged magnesium wheels and carbon fiber anti-roll bars. You can identify cars so equipped by the visible bare carbon fiber weave on the front trunk lid and rear engine cover.
Inside, we find red Alcantara fabric, black leather, and carbon fiber trim throughout, while the seats have carbon fiber reinforced backrests for minimal weight and maximum rigidity.
And because people in the bar can't see the car you arrived in, Porsche Design has partnered with Porsche Motorsport to provide a portable piece of the GT2 you can wear on your wrist: the titanium 911 GT2 RS Chronograph available exclusively for 911 GT2 RS owners.
Porsche says the 2018 911 GT2 RS model is available to order with a base price of $293,200, excluding the $1,050 delivery, processing and handling fee. It will reach U.S. dealers in early 2018. The optional lightweight Weissach package trims 40 pounds of weight and adds $31,000 to the price tag.