2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS

In my post a few days back looking at an alternative to the current 911 GT2 RS there was a conspicuous absence: the original GT2 RS. In that post I was struck mostly by the significant price difference of the 2008 GT2 and was thinking about options for those who weren’t interested in jumping into the hyper-inflated market for the current car. So the 2011 GT2 RS didn’t really make sense within that comparison, but it was something I was thinking about.

If the RS is the model you must have, then the original GT2 RS does jump right into the fray. Pricing between the two cars is pretty similar. With the new GT2 RS now available, I have been wondering whether those prices will stay similar and I guess I’m using this post as a means to think out loud. The one we see here is one of quite a few for sale at the moment. I chose it for its somewhat unique interior, interestingly an interior that is akin to what you can get on the current GT2 RS. It’s also a reserve auction, which could shed some light on my question about value though the current auction appears to be going nowhere.

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2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS Roundup

The king of the current 911s, the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS, finally has hit the ground and a few of them are popping up for sale so I thought I’d put together a post to highlight some of those I have seen. I doubt these are the only ones currently available; I also doubt you’ll have any trouble finding others up for sale in the coming months. Like the current GT3 and the GT3 RS before it (and like the 991.2 GT3 RS soon to hit our shores) ample opportunities will exist to get your hands on a very lightly used example. Assuming you want to pay the substantial markup. In the case of the GT2 RS we’re talking anywhere from $150K to $200K over MSRP. That’s basically an entire GT3 by itself and means you’re looking at over $500K all in.

So what are you getting? A 3.8 liter twin-turbocharged flat-6 delivering 700 hp via Porsche’s 7-speed PDK transmission only to the rear wheels. Relative to a Turbo S it’s also lost 286 pounds in weight. Add the Weissach package, as all of the below have, and you lose another 40 pounds while adding a bunch of carbon fiber details. You also can have a lot of red in the interior should you so desire. It’s lapped the Nürburgring nearly 10 seconds faster than a 918 Spyder and those are not exactly slow cars. So, um, yeah performance will be insane. Do you need all of that performance? Of course not. Do you want it? Most definitely!

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2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS

I’m still blown away every time I come across one of these cars: a 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS. We’ve featured a few of them in the past and, in truth, there is very little that distinguishes them outside of whatever exterior color the particular car happens to be wearing. The mileage is always very low and the condition excellent, points that don’t really surprise us with a car like this. Yet, each time I can’t stop staring. The GT2 is already a car of excesses and the RS takes those excesses even further by raising the power and lowering the weight, transforming an already extremely capable machine into an absolute beast. When you have 620 hp being asked to propel a car weighing just a bit under 3,100 lbs you can expect brisk performance. Having all of that power directed to the rear wheels of a rear-engined car is, frankly, almost baffling. Paying attention is most definitely required.

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Year: 2011
Model: 911 GT2 RS
Engine: 3.6 liter twin-turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 3,850 mi
Price: C$ 680,000 (~ $524,525)

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The look of the GT2 RS continues that sense of excess. It is the most menacing of any 911 I have seen and that is especially the case with an all-black version like the one we see here. It’s squat and powerful looking and the various wings and intakes – along with a giant set of rear rubber – make clear that this is a car to be taken very seriously. As an attempt by Porsche to see just how far they could push the 911, both in the sense of power and overall performance, the GT2 RS is one heck of an effort and I imagine they will be highly sought after any time one comes up for sale.

Assuming, of course, you have about half-a-million dollars to throw around. When I have seen these come up at the prestigious auction houses sales have ranged from mid-$400Ks to mid-$500Ks. This one is priced toward the higher end of that scale and I’m not sure I expect it to reach such a price. Those I’ve seen in the $500Ks have had fewer miles or came in another color (red seems popular for higher prices). Regardless, this will be a very expensive car and even if its sale takes some time a bit of patience from the seller should pay off. For me, I just want to look and marvel at just how far a 911 can be pushed.

-Rob

2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS

I am baffled by this car. To be clear, not this particular car, but the GT2 RS model itself. 620 hp delivered from the rear engine to the rear wheels through a transmission that you have the pleasure of shifting yourself. Among modern supercars there aren’t many more that provide this same sort of attention getting power delivery and driver involvement. Super sticky tires and aerodynamics help keep everything pointed in the right direction, but there’s only so much aid they can provide should your right foot get a little over exuberant. I’ve featured a black GT2 RS previously and these remain one of the most menacing machines you’d be likely to cross paths with. Everything is about that aggression and I doubt any passersby would mistake this for your standard run-of-the-mill performance car. As the pinnacle of the 997 line it will be very tough for Porsche to top one of these.

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Motorsports Monday: 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS

I’m fairly certain this will be the least expensive of this group of cars I hope to feature, but that should not detract from our wonder and desire. It also may be the baddest 911 of them all. The Porsche 911 GT2 RS delights in excess. Gone are most of the luxuries familiar to owners of the 911 Turbo. Also gone is the confidence inspiring all-wheel drive system Porsche first made standard on the Turbo with the 993. In the place of those features is more power. However, those statements simply apply to the 911 GT2; an already mad car that pushed the bounds of what is possible in a rear-engine rear-drive machine. The RS provides a combination of both more and less. More power, less weight. For the GT2 RS that means 620 hp flying towards the rear wheels. And there’s no fancy transmission to allow the driver to keep both hands firmly gripping the wheel for perfect shifting every time. On top of all of that power is a 100 pound weight savings over the regular GT2 – adding up to a 400 pound weight savings over the already exhilarating 911 Turbo S. Like with any RS, the GT2 RS is focused and track inspired with performance that is almost incomprehensible on the street and certain not fully exploitable. If Porsche produced this model as an exercise of sorts, something to test their limits, it made quite the impression.

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2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Last week, in my feature of a 911 GT2, I mentioned off hand that from its inception the GT2 has been the ultimate 911 – right up until the release of the GT2 RS, a car that took all of the insanity of the GT2 and decided it was not insane enough. Lo and behold, I then came across one such beast up for sale. Here we have a triple Black 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS, located in California, with 5,781 miles on it. Weighing not much more than 3000 lbs and with power raised to 620 hp along with 516 lb-ft of torque the GT2 RS rivals any supercar and even dips its toes into hypercar territory. Yet it remains a functional machine that, while not an everyday cruiser, still doesn’t require its owners to suffer quite as many sacrifices to comfort and usability as certain Italian rivals might necessitate. It is one of the quickest cars Porsche has ever produced and, look at that, it also has a good ‘ol trusty 6-speed manual transmission, a reality that surely we will not see in future iterations of the GT2 (assuming one actually comes to pass).

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2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS

As most automotive enthusiasts are aware Porsche made a fairly significant change to their 911 Turbo beginning with the edition produced as part of the 993 line. It would now be equipped with all-wheel drive. Every subsequent iteration of the car has remained in this configuration. Much of this decision has to do with Porsche’s mission for the Turbo itself: it is a model intended to showcase both the high performance and luxury end of the 911 line. The 993 model also brought with it a second option – an option for 911 Turbo fans who wanted the highest performance, but without the luxury – the GT2. With each new 911 model there has been a concurrent model of the GT2 – a lightened, high-strung, rear-engined, rear-drive, row your own gears, no regard for your sanity, performance monster. Extremely rare and always at the top end of the 911 food chain the GT2 reduced the 911 Turbo to its purest form (at least for a street car). As the 997 model began to near the end of its life Porsche decided to take the GT2 one step further and released the GT2 RS, which had more power and was lighter than the already spectacular GT2. The GT2 RS, essentially, is Porsche’s attempt to see just how extreme they can push the 911. A serious car for the serious motorist.

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