Is the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS still a "widowmaker"? Page 2

“It’s biblical power—unbelievable stuff,” said Mark Webber, the former Formula One ace and Porsche endurance who's now helping develop Porsche road cars. “It has to be respected, this car. A lot…I’m not scared of this car, but it has to be respected.”

Webber would know. His first exposure to the GT2 RS was stuck in traffic. At low speeds, crawling through traffic, Webber said the GT2 RS calmly waited to pounce. When he could finally open it up and approach the car's 211-mph top speed, he said the GT2 RS felt surprisingly the same.

“To drive this car at 10-15 kph, no problem. Then to drive this car the next minute on the Autobahn, you’re 330 kph. The envelope of the car is exceptional. You can do a 1,000 km trip too,” he said.

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Uh oh. The words “not scared,” “driving pleasure,” and road trip, strike less fear than Teletubbies. Maybe this isn’t the spiritual successor to the 930 Turbo, 993 GT2, 996 GT2, and 997 GT2 RS after all.

But fired up and running, the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS makes different noises. Its 3.8-liter flat-6 creates 182.5-hp per liter of displacement, which translates to a monumental howl at full throat through an ultra-light titanium exhaust. Its sprint to 60 mph takes 2.7 seconds—again, not far from the 918. Sitting low in the carbon fiber seats, the GT2 RS feels unhinged, almost crazy.

As Webber turned in runs at the Goodwood racetrack, the speed piled on and the driver told us that the GT2 RS doesn’t hide its bad ideas. His friends in Formula One are lining up to buy one, he said.  

“Tell me what you can’t do with this car,” Webber said.

One thing it hasn’t done so far is an official lap of the Nürburgring Nordschliefe course, which Webber pronounced would be lunch for the GT2 RS. Preuninger whispered that equipped on stock tires, the GT2 RS should outrun the Lamborghini Huracán Performante's record-setting run of 6:52. Webber said his few laps on the famed course in the Porsche have been thrilling.

Preuninger isn’t making specific predictions on the GT2 RS’s time just yet: “We will see,” he said.

If the GT2 RS isn’t scary, two of the select few who’ve driven it said that it’s at least scary fast.

We will see.

Porsche provided travel and lodging to Internet Brands Automotive to bring you this report.

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