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News of  December 05, 2000


 


Porsche's new top model 911 GT2 will be launched on the markets in 2001
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Lower weight and greater engine power bring impressive driving performance
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911 GT2

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Stuttgart, Germany - Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, will expand its model program as of May 2001 (in Germany) with a particularly sporty variant: the new top model in the 911 model range will be called the 911 GT2. With an output of 462 HP (340 kW), this sports car is currently the most powerful Porsche series vehicle. The GT2, which will be delivered exclusively with rear drive, achieves driving performance values at the level of the so-called super sports cars. The car, based on the 911 Turbo, will be presented for the first time at the Detroit Motor Show in January 2001.

Lower weight, an engine output increased by 42 HP in comparison to the 911 Turbo, an even more sporty configuration of the running gear and a new aerodynamic design characterise the concept of the GT2. This philosophy has already been applied in a similar way to the 911 GT3, which was based technically on the 911 Carrera (with naturally aspirated engine).  

The development aims for the 911 GT2 were to provide outstanding driving performance and the maximum in driving pleasure, combined with excellent safety, technical highlights and good suitability for everyday use. The innovative Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) is therefore just as standard in the GT2 as four airbags. This Porsche sports car stands 20 millimetres lower and has a top speed of 315 km/h (196 mph) and the acceleration for 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) is achieved in 4.1 seconds. The DIN empty weight amounts to 1440 kilograms, making the GT2 100 kilograms lighter than the 911 Turbo. On the other hand, the wheel/tyre dimensions have increased: on the front axle, wheels of size 8.5J x 18 with tyres of size 235/40 R 18 are being used. 12J x 18 wheels with 315/30 R 18 tyres are being mounted on the rear axle.

A visual feature for recognising the 911 GT2 and distinguishing it from the 911 Turbo is a newly designed front end with enlarged air inlet openings and a fixed rear spoiler also newly developed with a manually adjustable profile. Another striking feature is the technically necessary air outlet opening in front of the luggage compartment lid.

(November 27, 2000)

 

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