Rear-drive, auto only coupe to see big power outputs from its turbo engine
A new flagship Porsche 911 GT2 RS model is on its way, and it's going to be quite a piece of work.
The all-new version of the Porsche 911 GT2 RS will stay true to the existing formula of being rear-wheel drive, but Porsche CEO Oliver Blume told CarAdvice at the 2017 Geneva motor show the company would be pushing the envelope in terms of power for the new range-topping model.
"In the past it was a very famous model of the 911, and maybe in the future we will have a GT2 as well," he said.
"For the GT2 it's very typical to have big power combined with the turbo engine. Today we can't talk about the power, but when we launch the car I think you will see at which level we can get to with the car. And we're still working at it."
For context, the previous-generation 997 version of the Porsche 911 GT2 RS produced 456kW of power and 700Nm of torque from its 3.6-litre turbocharged six-cylinder.
The current benchmark in the 991.2 range is the Turbo S, which has 427kW/700Nm (750Nm on overboost) from a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged six. Speculation suggests the new GT2 RS may have up to 485kW and more than 750Nm.
Pictured: A development prototype Porsche 911.
Engine details are yet to be confirmed, but Blume stated the new model would - being aimed purely at performance - utilise the brand's PDK dual-clutch automatic gearbox, and that no manual model will be offered.
"That's another philosophy - because there you're talking about a turbo engine, and the manual we are putting more in the GT3. It will be PDK driven," he said.
"I won't go into to a lot of details, but we have a clear vision of what we want to do," Blume said.
When we'll see the car is another matter: it would make sense for it to be the company's show car at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show, playing to its home crowd. And it's about right in terms of life-cycle, as the current 911 range has a whopping 20 variants to choose from, including the new GT3 shown at the Geneva show.
If that were the case, buyers could see it land in Australia in 2018.