PORSCHE 911 GT-2


Just when it seems that
Porsche might have lost its
soul building SUVs and
planning the forthcoming
Panamera four-door, the
company announces a car
like the new 530-
horsepower 2008 Porsche
911 GT2 and vividly
reasserts its claim to being
the best builder of sports
cars in the known universe.
Based on the 911 Turbo
but without its all-wheel-
drive system, the new GT2
promises to be the
quickest, fastest, most
powerful 911 ever. Not only
is it the first 911 certified
by Porsche to have a top
speed over 200 mph, but it
also should get better fuel
economy than the regular
Turbo, too.
Resistance isn’t futile. It’s
been obliterated.
One Soul, Cleverly
Disguised as an Engine
Hanging out over the tail as
no engine should, this is
the most muscle-bound
power plant Porsche has
ever put into a 911. It’s an
intercooled, twin-
turbocharged version of
the classic 3.6-liter flat-6,
rated at a wicked 530 hp at
6,500 rpm. To put this in
perspective, it’s almost 50
hp more than the previous
2002-’04 996-based GT2
and almost an incredible
300 hp more than the
original 234-hp 1976 911
Turbo.
Torque production also
borders on the insane.
Porsche claims 505 pound-
feet of torque is available
at just 2,200 rpm, while the
torque curve stays flat
from there all the way to
4,500 rpm. Perfect for
towing! Or at least hauling
ass.
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Powerful, Yet Efficient
To produce such ludicrous
levels of power, Porsche
has used carefully
configured turbochargers
with oversize compressor
wheels and flow-optimized
housings that also
incorporate Porsche’s
Variable Turbine Geometry
(VTG) technology. VTG is
not exactly new (Porsche
has been using it on the
997-based 911 Turbo since
the car’s introduction), but
it’s a critical contributor in
getting such big turbos to
work effectively with the
modestly sized 911 six.
Those turbochargers feed
what Porsche calls an
“expansion intake
manifold.” By feeding
oscillating air into the
intake during the
expansion phase, the
compressed charge from
the turbochargers is
effectively cooled,
increasing both charge
density and all-around
efficiency. The result, says
Porsche, is a 15 percent
improvement in fuel
efficiency under full load
conditions for this engine –
despite its monstrous
output – compared to the
similar 480-hp engine in the
911 Turbo.
Future buyers of the GT2
can therefore legitimately
claim they have bought this
car in the interest of fuel
efficiency.
Porsche has also equipped
the new 911 GT2 with its
first exhaust system
(muffler and tailpipes) made
from titanium. This cuts
down the weight about 50
percent compared to the
same components made
from stainless steel. It
should also give the GT2 a
unique exhaust roar.
The only transmission
offered is a six-speed
manual. Those wanting a
GT2 with a Tiptronic
automatic should be
ashamed of themselves.
Built for Speed
Porsche isn’t building the
GT2 for the shy. The tail
features an enormous fixed
biplane spoiler, while the
front fascia has been
modified to both feed the
car’s enormous appetite for
air and also cool the
standard composite
carbon-fiber/ceramic-
compound brakes. One of
the more subtle additions to
the GT2 is an air outlet just
forward of the trunk’s
leading edge that adds
downforce over the front
wheels. Keeping the front
wheels on the ground is,
after all, a good idea when
the car is traveling at its
claimed 204-mph top speed.
Of course the GT2 also
features the flared fenders
and huge scoops that are
part of the tradition of the
Porsche 911 Turbo. And
these fenders have to be
wide, since they cover the
largest wheels and tires
ever fit to a 911. That’s
P235/35ZR19 front and
P325/30ZR19 rear rubber
on special lightweight
wheels at the GT2’s
corners.
Some Tech, Pure
Driving
Porsche hasn’t diluted the
new GT2 with layers of
nanny technology. Of
course, the brakes feature
antilock braking control and
there’s Porsche’s
electronically controlled
Active Suspension
Management (PASM) aboard,
but the essence of this car
is its undiluted driving
environment. Porsche has,
for example, fit the car with
its first “Launch Assistant,”
which builds boost up to the
maximum 13 psi if the clutch
and throttle pedals are fully
depressed. When the clutch
is released, the GT2
rockets forward at peak
thrust. There’s also an
upshift light aboard to
signal the driver when to
shift in order to get optimal
acceleration.
This isn’t the 911 for
everybody. The 2008
Porsche 911 GT2 is the 911
for the elite driver who
wants a hard-core car with
a sharp, even brutal edge.
And that elite driver had
better have the talent to
handle it. Porsche is
claiming a 0-60-mph time of
just 3.6 seconds for the
GT2 and a top speed of 204
mph.
All it will take to get a GT2
when it goes on sale in
November will be $191,700
and a massive amount of
courage.

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