Fastest & most powerful 911 ever ?

2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Fake news! For months the rumors had been flying. A modern-day version of Porsche's legendary 911 GT2 RS is in the works and ready to drop, probably at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show. Test mules have been spotted all over Germany and recently, Automobile Magazine's European correspondent Georg Kacher even scored a ride in one of them. Then came E3, the annual electronic video gamers convention where Forza Motorsport 7 introduced their latest racing game, which features what is purported to be the 2018 GT2 RS, with a reveal of the actual car. The automotive press was stunned. Why hadn't the car been shown to them first? Porsche, attempting to quash any rumors, responded to any and all questions regarding the car by saying "We have not announced a new 911 GT2 RS, despite what you may have seen on line." Duly noted. And "covfefe" to you. Meanwhile, here's all the "misinformation'' that's been spread about the new car.

​               Based on the current 991.2 Turbo, the GT2 RS appears to be a mashup of the Turbo and the GT3 RS, right down to the vents atop the front fenders. In fact, suspension tuning is said to be similar to the GT3 Cup car with stiffer spring and damper rates, while the tires  (265/35 R20 front and 325/30 R21 rear), are the same size as those used by the 2016 911 GT3 RS. Extensive use of carbon fiber keeps curb weight below 3,300 pounds.

​               By fitting larger turbochargers, water injection, and a lightweight exhaust system, not to mention stronger internal components to the Turbo's 3.8-liter, 24-valve flat-6, Porsche engineers have created a monster of an engine that's said to develop 700 horsepower. Unlike the previous GT2, a 2010 model, which was fitted with a manual 6-speed transmission, the new GT2 RS is available only with a 7-speed PDK automatic gearbox, and like its predecessors, is available only with rear-wheel-drive. A reported top speed of 212 mph makes the latest GT2, which goes from 0 to 60 in less than three seconds, the fastest production-built 911 ever.

​                 Of course, much of this information could be conjecture and we'll have to wait until Frankfurt in September to confirm what have so far been only rumors: that 911 GT2 RS will cost about $289,000, that only 1,000 will be produced, and that all have been sold.​