There’s something both civilized and brutal about the way the GT2 RS is able to accelerate. No fuss, no drama, and yet it consumes revs with a ravenous appetite and pushes violently towards the redline regardless of the gear its in. Germany’s Sport Auto got their hands on one earlier than most of the bigger publications, and took it to the Autobahn to test its mettle.
Obviously, a rear end with spherical bearings, Porsche’s electronically-controlled locking differential, and 325-section tires pressed into the pavement would generate stellar traction, but the effortlessness with which this monster launches from a dig is still hard to fathom. Not a hint of wheelspin or any of the histrionics you might assume a motor making a tidal wave of 553 lb-ft from 2,500-4,000 rpm; it applies all that power without a hiccup. Chalk it up to good hardware and good software.
The gear changes are rapid fire and genuine motorsports-fast, and without any delay, they exploit every single one of the 700 ponies on tap. But more than horsepower and traction, it has the torque to make it a genuine highway king. Once it nips past 200 kph 124 mph) in 8.3 seconds, the needles continue climbing and they don’t stop until the RS hits a GPS-confirmed 212 mph (though the speedometer reads 221 mph/356 kph)—beating its advertised top speed by one mph. Despite the car’s considerable drag—like some bewinged bullet train firing from Weissach to Vienna—it simply never falters.
Though some feel the turbocharged RS cars lack the sonorous engine note and linearity of the normally-aspirated RS lineup, these force-fed motors have so thrust they offer their own unique experience. Barring a hybrid hypercar, a Bugatti Chiron, or a McLaren 720S, nothing really can compete above 120 miles per hour.