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What do your neighbors think of this? - My neighbors don't like it very much.

The valves in the sports exhaust are open. I have to move or the lights go out.

The catalyst is warming up. You hear it's getting quieter. It's loud.

It's a problem to drive track days with an open valve. You can't because it makes too much noise.

That's the summary of this driving test. If you're busy, you can go do something else now.

I always thought the GT2 RS to be the ultimate 911.

Now I'm driving it, this is everything.

The GT3 RS has a high revving engine, but this car has 178 hp extra. 178.

I think some viewers don't have 178 hp in their cars.

That's not a bad thing. I'm only demonstrating the difference. This is a real monster.

We started the day with rain in northern Spain.

We thought we'd have fine weather and pretty roads to let the car come into its own.

We got the pretty roads, not the fine weather.

Dolf said you can do a test here. - We're going to test the lack of grip.

I think we'll have no grip. I have to do a U-turn. You won't make it otherwise.

That's Dolf and he's going to explain.

He's going to comment on the camera, Martijn.

Cars such as this have a race ESP. You can switch ESP off.

Normally you have no support with ESP switched off.

This car still has traction control. I had to push this button; a beginner's mistake.

I have to get used to this car. It's on ultra-high performance tires.

They're barely street legal. They don't like the rain and the cold.

This car has the Dunlop tires, which are friendlier than the available Michelin tires.

Anyway, the rain let up in the last few hours. I got to know the car a bit more.

It's brilliant.

Porsche's adjustments are very nice.

It has the wider Turbo body.

It has the Turbo engine, but with bigger turbos and different pistons for a lower compression ratio.

It has a different crankcase, which means it went from 572 to 690 hp.

The 3.8 boxer engine has 750 Nm (553 lb ft) torque. That's crazy.

It has 90 hp extra compared to the previous GT2 RS.

It is lighter too, which is nice. 70 kg (154 lb) compared to the previous GT2 RS.

That's caused by a lot of things. I like that.

I've always been critical towards Porsche for them removing the satnav and A/C to make it lighter.

The car will have the old weight when you add these.

You can omit these things here too, but they also used titanium for the exhaust.

We know this saves 7.5 kg (16.5 lb). It also has a carbon roof.

The standard version has a magnesium roof.

The Weissach package has a carbon roof, which is 0.5 kg (1 lb) lighter.

I'll talk about the Weissach package while driving through this village.

It's available on a 911 for the first time. The 918 had it first.

It saves weight. The suspension has anti-roll bars and other rods connecting it to other parts...

Normally these are made of steel. This is the first production car with carbon bars and rods.

That's very nice. I think...

Different rims. Magnesium. That saves 11.5 kg (25 lb).

Sorry. I let myself go for a bit.

It's incredibly fast. It's almost impossible to go full throttle here because it's a bit wet.

If I were able to do that and use launch control with the standard PDK:

0-100 kph (62 mph) in 2.8 seconds, 0-200 kph (124 mph) in 8.3 seconds,

and 0-300 kph (186 mph) in 22 seconds.

The top speed is 340 kph (211 mph).

That may be disappointing for a car with 690 hp, but that's because it has a lot of downforce.

Look at the rear wing. Look at the front splitter that protrudes this much.

I wouldn't dare park it on my driveway.

Not because it'll scrape, but my 2.5-year-old son Alexander would stand on it.

It's inviting. The splitter is that big. Brilliant.

They wanted to make the splitter as lightweight as possible, but it has to deal with a lot of pressure.

Three reinforcing cables go up vertically for more strength.

These details make it brilliant.

I can talk about it for 30 minutes. I did. We made a video about the 911 GT2 RS's details.

Watch that video. This one is about the driving.

The links between the steel parts in the suspension usually have rubber bushings to prevent vibrations.

As with the race cars, Porsche uses steel Uniballs in this street car.

It's not extremely stiff, which I think is special.

The suspension still has some suppleness.

The adjustable suspension of this car is in the softest mode right now.

It's very nice. The road straightens.

The turbos, the torque... It's amazing. It's out of this world.

This is by far my favorite 911.

You'd not expect it from the top model, but it's more fun than the GT3 or GT3 RS because it's faster.

The only advantage of these is the higher rpm. You do your higher rpm and I'm overtaking you.

That's the effect with the GT2 RS.

Maybe you already noticed the red alcantara headliner.

The interior has nice details, such as red stitching.

I like these things, in the more dedicated race cars as well.

The Weissach package gives you carbon flappy pedals.

That's 200 grams (0.4 lb) lighter. That's not very important.

These thought-out details make the car more fun.

Who's the man next to me? That's Dolf Dekking.

He organizes trips with cool cars and gives driver training, usually with cool cars too.

He's my supervisor in this car.

We spoke about driving style and such. You can teach me things.

That's not surprising, but there are things with this car I should watch out for, right?

Definitely. First, the power of this car.

It has 690 hp with rear-wheel drive only.

When we started, the temperature was very low.

When exiting the corner, the power goes to the rear wheels.

It's important to open the wheel quickly.

You're exiting a corner, you see there's room to open the wheel, and do so actively.

Not too smoothly or make it too nice.

The faster you straighten it, like you did just now, you feel it instantly.

It's but a small detail and it's hard to explain, but it's very important in this car.

Braking into corners, especially when going downhill...

The temperature in the front tires isn't working. The rear tires, with the power on there...

Get some wheelspin a few times and they'll warm up some.

The front tires don't really warm up on downhill corners.

A trick to keep the pressure on is to brake hard before the corner.

You brake, lift evenly, and carry it into the corner.

It's important to release the brakes in a way that the nose doesn't jump up, like you're doing now.

You'll keep more pressure. It's okay to carry the brakes into the corner.

Those are tricks that keep the pressure on the nose.

Like now you feel you're more confident with turning in, open quickly, and accelerate.

Optimal enjoyment. - Definitely.

To give you more of an idea about this car:

the previous GT2 RS did a Nrburgring lap time of 7:27.

The 918 Spyder did it in less than 7 minutes. This car does it in 6:47.

The best part: they did several laps during the record attempt.

That's how it goes. There'll be one best lap, faster than the other laps. Fine.

Of the five laps they did, five were faster than 6:50.

It's a car that can be consistently fast. It feels that way too.

You have to get to know it a bit first, but it doesn't bite off your throat right away.

It does bite, but you're bleeding to death slowly.

I have to drive around some stones here.

There's severe weather in Spain. They warned us for mud streaming down the road.

It's not that bad.

More nice details. The intercooler is bigger and lets through more air.

Also, it's water-cooled. There's a tank in the front with 5 liters distilled water.

That's good for 10 laps on the track, or approximately 21 km (13 miles).

I don't know why that's an estimate, but the inlet temperature can get too high in warm weather.

Over 50C (122 F) it uses water to cool, lowering it by 20C (68 F).

That means consistent power.

Currently these are not the best conditions for driving this car.

However, it's possible. I think it's impressive that...

A bit of wheelspin.

You have to learn how to drive this car. You can't go full throttle all the time.

It has rear-wheel drive only.

It differs from normal Turbos that way. These always have all-wheel drive.

If you're careful you can look for the limits.

You can try a lot, which I think is fun.

It's possible to make it even more savage.

You can put the suspension in a harder mode.

There's also a sport mode for the PDK, which smacks you when shifting gears, giving more speed.

I wouldn't switch that on in the rain.

There are so many cool things.

If you think the car is loud, the exhaust valve is still closed.

Maybe I should... I'm doing 90 kph (56 mph) in fourth gear.

You don't really hear the difference with an open valve. Maybe I should...

I shall accelerate in a bit. There are corners here.

You can't go full throttle in the corners in the rain with a 911 GT2 RS.

That may be a surprise. There's room here. Wait, I'll shift down.

I think it opened the valve. It's even louder.

An open valve nearly gets you a straight pipe. There's a catalyst, exhaust, and straight out.

The engine is in the back, so there's very little damping.

It makes a lot of noise.

A car like this seems to be a combination of a Turbo engine in a GT3 RS body.

That's only partially true. A number of things were adjusted and different.

For instance, this is the first Porsche street car with NACA ducts in front of the brake cooling.

In the front it goes with a nice thing to the brakes.

There's a lot of downforce too.

The rear diffuser really pushes down on the road at higher speeds.

These details make the car sharper, more hardcore, and faster. Even faster.

We like "even faster". This is the fastest car; the one you want to have.

Just one more time.

Wouter is dressed by RicoModa.com

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