The new rear-wheel-drive, turbocharged, Nürburgring-owning ÜberPorsche, the GT2 RS, is an intensely interesting beast. As cars are currently being delivered to customers, very few video reviews have as yet been released, and none of them have featured any on-track driving. This new video from Drive.com.au changes that. For the first time it give us an opportunity to hear directly from someone who has driven the Porsche both on street and track. Ahead of this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix F1 race, Porsche brought a handful of Aussies out to experience their full line of 911 sports cars, including lead-follow on-track action with the GT2 RS.
We already know the GT2 RS is ridiculously fast, but how is it to actually drive? Not surpringly, ‘fast’ is a defining characteristic of this Porsche, but even better is the duality of the GT2’s nature. In regular driving, or non-full-throttle acceleration, the GT2 RS is said to be a surprisingly docile driving experience with plenty of grip, instant-action PDK shifts, and motion-enhancing computers working overtime. It also appears as if it’s simply to drive quickly. It seems like my grandmother could set a quick lap time at this wheel. That’s not to say driving this Porsche is easy, by any means, because if you put even a toe wrong, things could go pear-shaped really quickly. However, if you have the talent to keep this 911 shiny-side-up and between the ditches, it’ll reward you with prodigious speed.
It’s incredible how far Porsche’s highest performance street car model has come since the 930 was initially introduced in the mid-1970s. Back then, 260 horsepower was enough to earn the car a ‘widowmaker’ title, but today a Porsche with 700 horsepower is considered “docile and simple to drive”, even at race track speeds. Between the technology that Porsche employs to keep the chassis stable and the technology that Michelin has put into building a GT2 RS-specific tire compound, this Porsche is a marvel of modern car tech, and for that reason we love it.