Good Road Manners

Is the GT2 RS too fast for the road? Used to its full potential, yes, but that doesn't lead to it being unruly or unsatisfying at slower speeds. The ride is firm, but no more so than the regular GT2, and not so uncompromising or harsh that you wouldn't contemplate longer journeys.

Flowing is something the GT2 RS does remarkably well - much more so than the regular GT2. The reason is that the suspension is based on that of the GT3 RS, with its wider front track and race-derived components. The GT2 RS's carbonfibre front wings accommodate the wider track in one piece, removing the need for the GT3 RS's stick-on items, and the suspension is rose-jointed. Ifyou take out the power delivery, this feels closer to a GT3 than any GT2 has before. The difference over the standard GT2 is the confidence you get on turn-in and the precision of the steering. Even in these conditions there's a real sense that you can rely on the front end. The difficulty today is what happens at the rear - not so much in terms of lateral grip, but traction. Despite the fact that Porsche and Michelin have developed a bespoke (softer) compound for the GT2 RS's rear tyres, there's only so much they can do in the face of5161b ft of torque. With traction and stability systems temporarily stood down, when the GT2 RS breaks traction it does so with such force that the slip angles can get worryingly large scarily quickly.

Running along the same section of road in the Carrera, initially the car feels slack and unresponsive - two words that you'd never normally associate with this manufacturer's cars. Such is the focus and control of the GT2 that it highlights the comparative softness of the Carrera and the lightness ofits controls. Soon enough, though,you re-acclimatise and recognise that the feel is still there - if a little less vocal in its communication.

What's clear is that, although the two cars share DNA, the commonality has been diluted by the direction each has taken in development. It is the chassis of the Carrera that is closer to the classic 911 template - the bobbing nose, more initial understeer and more obvious weight

GT2 RS's turbo flat six (top) develops 271bhp more than the Carrera's normally aspirated engine car to drive but because even in sixth gear there is a very real sense that it can, and will, bite.

The RS has an additional 88bhp over the regular GT2, obtained by increasing the turbo pressure from 1.4 to 1.6 bar. That, combined with the loss ofvarious bits of sound deadening and glass, means you hear so much more of what the engine is doing. And when the turbo starts to spool up you really know about it. Apply lull

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GT2 RS vs CARRERA: CRUNCHING NUMBERS

Ever wondered how much faster a £164,000 911 is than a regular TRACKCONDITIONS Wet

£64,000 one? We pitted them against the clock, in identical wet PORSCHE 911CARRERA

conditions, at MIRA. The results reveal that the faster you go, the Top speed (claimed) 180mph, dry handling circuit lap time lmin 18.9sec greater value you get out of Porsche's incredible GT2 RS.

Ever wondered how much faster a £164,000 911 is than a regular TRACKCONDITIONS Wet

£64,000 one? We pitted them against the clock, in identical wet PORSCHE 911CARRERA

conditions, at MIRA. The results reveal that the faster you go, the Top speed (claimed) 180mph, dry handling circuit lap time lmin 18.9sec greater value you get out of Porsche's incredible GT2 RS.

THE CARRERA FEELS TOO SOFT FOR CIRCUIT WORK, WHILE THE GT2 RS, EVEN ON ITS SOFTEST SETTING, IS VERY COMPOSED INTO CORNERS' — ¡a

Porsche 911GT2 RS vs Carrera I Comparison

Rear spoiler, bespoke compound tyres, even the GT2 RS's cockpit screams floor that pedal now!

Controls may be lighter, but once you readjust, the Carrera is closer to the classic 911 blueprint

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Price

£164.107

£64,256

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0-62mph

3.5sec

4.9sec

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Top speed

205mph

180mph

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Economy

23.7mpg (combined)

29.4mpg (combined)

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