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Porsche 911 GT2 RS: 2018 Motor Trend Best Driver's Car Contender

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The McLaren's Laguna lap record lasted less than an hour before this Porsche shaved a whopping 1.48 seconds off of it with a drama-free, no-sweat textbook lap. That this heavier (especially in back), less powerful, less torquey car averaged 1.5 mph faster here (and 1.7 mph faster across our tiny figure eight) suggests that Weissach has defeated Woking in the chassis-development world cup.

Randy Pobst was utterly beside himself. "Somebody pinch me," he said. "That was like nothing I've driven here ever before. My definition of a great-handling car is that it practically drives itself. It's not a bloody wrestling match. It's a dance." He waxed enthusiastic about how it continues to respond to steering inputs midcorner on power, about the PDK sport mode's perfect shift strategy, about the exceptional brakes, and about how easy it was to drive. "You could drive a 1:28 around here, not just me. It's that hooked up." Our other semi-pro, Jethro Bovingdon, concurred: "The GT2 RS rewards confidence and technique but rarely punishes mistakes."

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But lap records on smooth tracks aren't everything. Five editors begged to differ on the rough-and-tumble of Highway 198. Mark Rechtin found the front end "light and a little skittery" under hard acceleration and lacking the confidence of last year's 911 Turbo S. Scott Evans felt "like the car is driving itself and you're just hanging on. The Lamborghini begs you to use every horsepower. This one warns against it." It was the only car that threatened to loop itself off the mountain—even with all nannies switched on. Ed Loh was surprised at how much he didn't like it: "The chassis wasn't particularly confidence-inspiring over rough pavement." Our problem? We rookies foolishly set the suspension to Sport. Too stiff for the bumps. Apparently 911s can't defy physics when their tires are airborne.

"This is the ultimate 911. For now," Angus MacKenzie declared. And for some drivers and/or on some roads, it's best.

More 2018 Best Driver's Car Contenders:

• Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
• Audi TT RS
• Aston Martin Vantage
• BMW M5
• Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
• Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack 2
• Honda Civic Type R
• Kia Stinger GT
• Lamborghini Huracan Performante
• Mazda MX-5 Miata
• McLaren 720S


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2018 Porsche 911 GT2
POWERTRAIN/CHASSIS2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS
DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Rear-engine, RWDRear-engine, RWD
ENGINE TYPE Twin-turbo flat-6, alum block/headsTwin-turbo flat-6, alum block/heads
VALVETRAIN DOHC, 4 valves/cylDOHC, 4 valves/cyl
DISPLACEMENT 213.9 cu in/3,800 cc213.9 cu in/3,800 cc
COMPRESSION RATIO 9.0:19.0:1
POWER (SAE NET) 691 hp @ 7,000 rpm690 hp @ 7,000 rpm
TORQUE (SAE NET) 553 lb-ft @ 2,500 rpm553 lb-ft @ 2,500 rpm
REDLINE 7,200 rpm7,200 rpm
WEIGHT TO POWER 4.9 lb/hp4.9 lb/hp
TRANSMISSION 7-speed twin-clutch auto7-speed twin-clutch auto
AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO 3.96:1/2.65:13.96:1/2.65:1
SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR Struts, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll barStruts, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar
STEERING RATIO 13.1-17.2:113.1-17.2:1
TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK 2.62.6
BRAKES, F; R 16.1-in vented, drilled, grooved, carbon-ceramic disc; 15.4-in vented, drilled, grooved, carbon-ceramic disc, ABS16.1-in vented, drilled, grooved, carbon-ceramic disc; 15.4-in vented, drilled, grooved, carbon-ceramic disc, ABS
WHEELS, F;R 9.0 x 20-in; 12.5 x 20-in, magnesium9.0 x 20-in; 12.5 x 20-in, magnesium
TIRES, F;R 265/35R20 99Y; 315/30R20 108Y Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R N0265/35R20 99Y; 315/30R20 108Y Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 N0
DIMENSIONS
WHEELBASE 96.6 in96.6 in
TRACK, F/R 62.5/61.3 in62.5/61.3 in
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 179.1 x 74.0 x 51.1 in179.1 x 74.0 x 51.1 in
TURNING CIRCLE 36.4 ft36.4 ft
CURB WEIGHT 3,355 lb3,355 lb
WEIGHT DIST, F/R 37/63%37/63%
SEATING CAPACITY 22
HEADROOM 37.7 in37.7 in
LEGROOM 42.2 in42.2 in
SHOULDER ROOM 51.3 in51.3 in
CARGO VOLUME 4.1 cu ft (9.2 cu ft behind 1st row)4.1 cu ft (9.2 cu ft behind 1st row)
TEST DATA
ACCELERATION TO MPH
0-30 1.2 sec1.2 sec
0-40 1.61.6
0-50 2.12.1
0-60 2.62.6
0-70 3.23.2
0-80 3.93.9
0-90 4.64.6
0-100 5.55.5
0-100-0 8.98.9
PASSING, 45-65 MPH 1.01.0
QUARTER MILE 10.3 sec @ 139.3 mph10.3 sec @ 139.3 mph
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 87 ft87 ft
LATERAL ACCELERATION 1.17 g (avg)1.17 g (avg)
MT FIGURE EIGHT 21.9 sec @ 1.03 g (avg)21.9 sec @ 1.03 g (avg)
2.4-MI ROAD COURSE LAP 88.30 sec1:21.08 sec
TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH 1,950 rpm1,950 rpm
CONSUMER INFO
BASE PRICE $294,250$294,250
PRICE AS TESTED $328,880$342,560
STABILITY/TRACTION CONTROL Yes/YesYes/Yes
AIRBAGS 8: Dual front, side, curtain, knee8: Dual front, side, curtain, knee
BASIC WARRANTY 4 yrs/50,000 miles4 yrs/50,000 miles
POWERTRAIN WARRANTY 4 yrs/50,000 miles4 yrs/50,000 miles
ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE 4 yrs/50,000 miles4 yrs/50,000 miles
FUEL CAPACITY 23.8 gal23.8 gal
EPA CITY/HWY/COMB ECON 15/21/17 mpg15/21/17 mpg
ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 225/160 kW-hrs/100 miles225/160 kW-hrs/100 miles
CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 1.13 lb/mile1.13 lb/mile
RECOMMENDED FUEL Unleaded premiumUnleaded premium

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