The GT2 RS is a 911 like no other.

It has a more distinct character than many of the increasingly thinly differentiated 911 derivatives and plays to an audience that appreciates rapacious hot-rod character above everything else. It has a spectacular turn of straight-line speed and the usual abundance of dynamic charm.

Matt Saunders Autocar

Matt Saunders

Road test editor
Law of diminishing marginal returns takes the sheen off the fastest 911

If you were out to make a case that it was the ultimate road-going GT derivative yet offered by Porsche, though, you’d struggle. A GT3 has a more delicate blend of grip, balance, power and adjustability; works better on the road; and has an engine that, despite its relative on-paper deficits, you’d simply treasure for longer.

Considering the GT2 RS’s narrow failure to match the outright accelerative pace of its £200k rivals, it earns more qualified praise than many might imagine it ought to be worth. It is snorting, tyre-smoking proof – however glorious – that the 911 strays narrowly out of its depth when it tries to beat hardcore mid-engined supercars at their own game.

Thankfully for Porsche, supercar baiting is something a 911 GT3 does slightly better.

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