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Steane Klose | May 10, 2007

Bad attitude is back

The new Porsche 911 GT2 has broken cover before its expected release at this years Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Generally regarded as the 911 Turbos evil half brother the GT2 is a bonkers mix of 911 Turbo power in a GT3 RWD only package.

Its definitely one for the brave and experienced wheel-smith not the recent lotto winner chasing a prestige badge. With a kerb weight of 1485kg and 390Kw 718Nm (up from 353kw in the Turbo) it is likely to be the first production 911 to top 320 km/h.

The GT2 uses the same 3.6-litre boxer engine as the 911 Turbo which means twin-turbochargers along with a number of GT2 specific modifications aimed at ensuring the tweaked turbo motor remains reliable. They include an up-rated engine oil cooler, stronger conrods and a stiffer crankshaft among others.

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Porsche have recalibrated their electronic nannies (stability and traction control) in an effort to keep the rear wheel drive, rear-engined and insanely powerful GT2 on the black-top and facing in the right direction. The GT2 also uses the GT3s track-biased suspension set-up yet despite all of this the GT2 still promises to be a riot and no doubt a handful when given a bit of right boot.

Being RWD saves 25kg over the Turbos AWD system and the use of ceramic composite brakes in the GT2 save a further 20kg over the standard steel disc set-up. Further weight is saved by stripping out the interior including the air-conditioning and all of the sound deadening to bring the overall weight in 100kg under that of the 911 Turbo. Tick the no-extra-cost option box marked 'Club Sport Pack' and what remains of the original interior is ripped out and replaced with an integrated roll cage, one-piece bucket seats and a fire extinguisher system.

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You could be forgiven for thinking that you will be paying more for what appears to be less and on the surface this may be true. But you need to keep in mind that this is the ultimate raw evolution of the 911 range. What it lacks in interior adornment it makes up for with the sort of over-powered on a knifes edge bad attitude and filthy manners that every petrolhead adrenalin junky craves.

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