Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Engine: 3.8 litre flat six twin-turbo
Transmission: 7 speed dual clutch automatic
Power: 522kW
Torque: 553 pound-feet
Weight: 1470 kg
Top Speed: 339 km/h
0-100km/h: 2.7 seconds
Price: $385,000+

Although it’s been in production for well over half a century, Porsche never seem to lose the right formula for adding horsepower and cutting weight to their signature 911s. One day, the Porsche 911 will reach its limits — but today isn’t the day. Crowds at the UK’s Goodwood Festival of Speed got to check out the GT2 RS rear-wheel drive coupe, which Porsche anticipates will lap the Nurburgring faster than Lamborghini’s new Huracan Performante (6 minutes, 52 seconds).

Not only is it the most powerful 911 ever made, but also the most outrageous, extreme, and expensive — at roughly $385,000. The double turbo gets a clever extra cooling system which helps boost, while a racing chassis with rear-axle steering and a modified stability control system help keep the car glued to the surface. Engineers decided this machine will only come with Porsche’s seven-speed dual clutch automatic however — so apologies to stick shift fans everywhere.

To make way for that surfboard-sized spoiler on the back, weight savings were needed, resulting in the titanium exhaust system, magnesium roof, and slathered carbon fibre over the hood, front wings, and rear end.

Like all things fast? The GT2 RS is one enthralling way to scratch that itch. It’s hard to see the German automaker giant exceeding this effort, but the 911 is the car that keeps on giving — and if history has taught us anything…

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Sarah Baderna

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