Porsche is celebrating the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017 in the UK by unveiling two exceptional sports cars: the new 911 GT2 RS and the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series. All updates of the event here.
The new top model from the near-motorsport GT series reaches a spectacular 700 hp. This makes the high-performance sports car the fastest and most powerful road-approved 911 ever. At 607 hp, the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series represents another milestone. In addition to a power increase of 27 hp, the small-series 911 features an extra-stylish interior and exterior. The 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series is limited to 500 units worldwide. The Festival of Speed – also known as the largest motoring garden party in the world – was held from June 29 to July 2, 2017 in West Sussex.
The 911 GT2 RS
The new 911 GT2 RS sees Porsche take turbo technology to new heights. The biturbo engine with a displacement of 3.8 liters delivers 80 hp more power than the engine in the previous model. For the first time, a Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transfers the enormous power to the rear wheels. Thanks to its lightweight construction and thoroughbred motorsport chassis with rear axle steering, this fascinating two-seater offers competitive driving dynamics at speeds of up to 211 mph. The optional Weissach package improves the weight-to-power ratio even further as the lighter components made from carbon and magnesium provide a weight saving of 66 lbs.
The 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series
Porsche will unveil the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series at Goodwood as a luxury counterpart to the 911 GT2 RS. The engine, design and equipment all bear the hallmarks of Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur. From a technical perspective, this limited-edition small series includes a power increase of 27 hp. Many of the body parts of the Golden Yellow Metallic Coupé are made of lightweight materials. The interior is particularly refined, with such features as two-layer leather covers, Alcantara roof lining in a Golden Yellow double-stripe look and Gold colored metal thread in the trim strips. The exclusive Turbo model is also available in five additional exterior colors on request.
Goodwood at Saturday
The new Porsche 911 GT2 RS – the most powerful production 911 ever – has made its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Fittingly, the 911 GT2 RS was seen for the first time in public doing what it does best - being driven hard on a challenging road. More specifically, the road was the 1.16-mile Goodwood Hill, running through the center of the Festival of Speed, being held for the 25th time in Sussex, England.
Driving the 911 GT2 RS was Walter Rohrl. There were two further new additions to the 911 line-up – these were the new 911 GT3, driven by head of the GT program, Andreas Preuninger, and the new 911 Turbo S Exclusive Edition, driven by Porsche Supercup racer and Porsche Carrera Cup winner, Paul Rees.
The mightiest Porsche of all and the car that won the Le Mans 24 Hour race, the 919 Hybrid, still covered in a layer of grime from its arduous achievement, was driven up the Goodwood Hill by 2015 Le Mans winner and current Porsche LMP1 driver Nick Tandy. The car was joined by its racing siblings from the past, including the 917/30 and the fire-breathing 935 ‘Moby Dick’, driven by Porsche Le Mans winner Richard Attwood.