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by George Skentzos

Following a leak from the press conference yesterday, Porsche has released the first official details and stunning images of its Porsche 911 GT2 Rs – the fastest and most powerful street-legal Porsche in the history of the company.

Due to make its official public debut at the Moscow auto show on August 25, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS will become the absolute pinnacle of the Porsche stable – eclipsing the Porsche GT3 RS and even the iconic Porsche Carrera GT.

Before we reveal its exact power and performance figures, it is worth noting that the very first line in the official press release from Porsche reads as follows:

“The time: seven minutes, 18 seconds on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife.”

It is clear Porsche is intent on remaining the sole King of the ‘Ring, easily surpassing its nemesis – the Nissan GT-R – although the brand must now wait tentatively as Ferrari is yet to release an official lap time for its fastest road car ever – the Ferrari 599 GTO.

At the rear of the Porsche 911 GT2 RS sits a 3.6-litre six-cylinder boxer engine boosted by two turbochargers with variable turbine geometry driving the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox.

The final power output is up by 67kW over the standard Porsche 911 GT2 to an ungodly 462kW, while at the same time the RS version has shed 70 kilograms, resulting in a power-to-weight ratio of just 2.21 kilos per horsepower.

The official performance figures for the Porsche 911 GT2 RS is zero to 100km/h in just 3.5 seconds, zero to 200km/h in just 9.8 seconds and zero to 300km/h in a blistering 28.9 seconds – continuing this rapid pace until it reaches its top speed of 330km/h.

This power and performance is tamed by a PCCB composite ceramic brake package and enormous 325/30 ZR 19 rubber at the rear.

The RS version is clearly distinguished by the lavish use of carbon-fibre-reinforced (CFR) components in a matte black finish, wider flared wheel arches, new 911 GT2 light-alloy wheels, upgraded front and rear lip spoilers and GT2 RS model designations on the doors and rear lid.

The interior features lightweight sports bucket seats and lightweight door panels using opening straps in the pursuit of lightness.

The Porsche 911 GT2 RS is limited to just 500 units worldwide and will be available overseas by late 2010 and will retail in Germany for $336,436.95 AUD.

Paul Ellis, Porsche Australia Public Relations Manager, has also confirmed that the Porsche 911 GT2 RS will be sold in Australia with local pricing and availability to be confirmed at a later date.

For now, enjoy the high-resolution image gallery below, ideal for your new desktop wallpaper!




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