Another RS? Porsche Planning New Hardcore 2011 911 GT2 RS

We’re still fawning over the new 2010 Porsche 911 GT3, but it seems the automaker is ready to prepare an even more hardcore version of its 997.5 model series, dubbed the 911 GT2 RS.

The 911 GT2 RS was reportedly unveiled at a VIP and dealer event this past weekend in Leipzig, Germany. The car is all but confirmed -- when asked for comment, a Porsche spokesperson told us this morning he didn’t have anything official to announce, but added “I won’t say it doesn’t exist.”

According to reports, the GT2 RS will follow Porsche’s traditional RS recipe of shedding weight and piling on power. The GT2 RS reportedly uses a modified version of the current 911 Turbo’s twin-turbocharged, direct-injection 3.8-liter flat-six, and may produce as much as 620 horsepower. Unlike the Turbo, Porsche's lightweight GT2 will use the lighter rear-wheel-drive setup typical of GT2s past.

Further weight savings reportedly come by stripping some parts from the interior, expanding the use of carbon fiber inside and out, and using lightweight wheels cribbed from the RS Spyder. We see carbon fiber on the car’s side vents in the photo above, but sources claim the GT2 RS also sports a bare carbon fiber hood, front splitter, and lower rear bumper. Inside, the car reportedly uses sport seats trimmed in black Alcantara, while stitching, door pulls, armrests, and the steering wheel are trimmed in a contrasting shade of red.

That diet reportedly helps bring the GT2 RS’ weight below the 3000 pound mark, allowing the car to sprint from 0-62 mph in 3.2 seconds. 0-120 mph will reportedly come in “well below” 10 seconds, and a 0-180 mph blast will take less than 25 seconds. Sources say the über-Porsche can lap the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7 minutes and 22 seconds -- roughly the same time as the Dodge Viper ACR.

Early reports indicate only 300 of these extreme machines will be produced at a price of €240,000 ($318,000) apiece. We’ll know more once the car is officially unveiled to the public, which reportedly will happen May 14.

Source: Team Speed Blog

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