In support of Porsche’s global 70th anniversary theme of ‘Sportscar Together‘, Sime Darby Auto Performance has launched the new 911 GT2 RS for the Malaysian market, priced from RM2.9 million (excluding insurance and roadtax). Not only is it the most powerful 911 but also the fastest 911 ever built. It has the performance level of a super sportscar and has set a new record of 6 minutes 47.3 seconds for road-approved sportscars on the Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany.

One of the contributors to the ability to set that record is the 700 ps/750 Nm biturbo flat-6 engine. Its lightweight of 1,470 kgs – with a full fuel tank – is another contributor and enables the 911 GT2 RS to go from standing still to 100 km/h in a claimed 2.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 340 km/h

The engine is a further development of the 3.8-litre unit used in the 911 Turbo S. In order to increase its performance, larger turbochargers push an increased volume of processed air into the combustion chambers. A new cooling system delivers optimum cooling at peak loads and, at very high temperatures, sprays the charge-air cooler with water. This causes the gas temperature to fall in the overpressure range and ensures optimum power output, even under extreme conditions. The customised 7-speed PDK transmission transfers power to the rear wheels.

To be able to maintain high cornering speeds, the 911 GT2 RS has a racing chassis with rear-axle steering and Ultra High Performance tyres fitted as standard. The large, wide wheels (265/35 ZR 20 at the front, 325/30 ZR 21 at the rear) provide high levels of cornering power.

Like all GT sportscars, the new 911 GT2 RS features a specially calibrated PSM with a Sport mode that is tailored to provide optimal driving dynamics. There are Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes as standard, ensuring superior stopping power when needed.

Performance can always be cranked up a notch – even on the 911 GT2 RS. That is why Porsche’s engineers have developed the optional Weissach package which provides weight savings of around 30 kgs. The package includes additional elements made from carbonfibre reinforced plastic and titanium. For instance, the roof and the anti-roll bars are made of carbonfibre and so are the coupling rods on both axles. Magnesium wheels reduce both the gross weight and the unsprung weight, providing a greater wealth of impressive chassis properties.

The passenger compartment is dominated by red Alcantara, black leather and features carbon-weave finish as standard. Drivers and passengers will experience the driving dynamics in full bucket seats with carbon-weave finish. As in every 911, the Porsche Communication Management system is the central control unit for audio, navigation and communication. The Connect Plus module and Porsche Track Precision app are also included as standard, enabling detailed recording, display and analysis of driving data on a smartphone.

The optional Chrono Package expands the PCM functions to include performance display which can be used to display, save and evaluate track times. The package also includes a stopwatch on the switch panel with both analogue and digital displays. What is more, the Chrono Package on the 911 GT2 RS comes with a lap trigger. Using the Porsche Track Precision app in conjunction with external markers on a start/finish straight, this lap trigger enables drivers to record lap times with high level of precision.

For the first time ever, Porsche Design is celebrating the debut of a high-performance sportscar by releasing a special-issue watch. This timepiece is exclusively available to owners of the new vehicle and can be ordered at the Porsche Centre.

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