2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS First Drive: Delicate Brutality

– Silverstone, England

Did anyone ever get out of a 911 Turbo S and proclaim it too slow? Or a GT3 and think it could do with being a bit sharper? Evidently so, Porsche answering those questions with this, the new GT2 RS. It’s an intriguing mash up of each, with the promise of more of everything.

The GT2’s predecessors have quite a reputation, rightly or wrongly, its more recent RS iteration being dubbed the ‘widowmaker’. That’s in reference to its combination of massive power, and the potentially tricky handling that came with it. The GT2 RS appeals to a certain type of customer, then, Porsche’s GT boss Andreas Preuninger saying they’re a little bit more overt, demanding the very best performance, so the GT2 RS is deliberately loud, both visually and aurally.

Preuninger also admits it’s a riposte to those commentators that complain the GT department has lost its focus on outright speed and instead has been building more purist-orientated cars like the 911 R and manual GT3.

2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS: First Drive
2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS: First Drive
2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS: First Drive
2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS: First Drive

The GT2 RS has very much its own identity, its mixed parentage creating a monstrous hybrid, very much in the Marvel superhero sense, not the Toyota Prius one.

To counter those arguments, the GT department took the GT2 RS to that track for a timed lap. The result was a 6-minute, 47.3-second lap, beating all production car comers and smashing even Porsche’s own predicted times by some considerable margin.

To allow that, the GT team has thrown everything at the GT2 RS and taken a bit out too. The en...