Porsche GT2? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Porsche GT2!

Justin Berkowitz
by Justin Berkowitz

Porsche's last derivative in the current 911 model lineup, the GT2, clocks-in at a 10.0 on the enough-already- o-meter. Marketologistically speaking, the new GT2 is the "track-oriented" Carrera variant. In layman's terms, it's a 911 Turbo that guzzled Slim Fast and binged on methamphetamines. So what's not to like? 1. the GT2 costs $220k, which is a stupid price to pay for a machine that looks like a $100k orthodontist's car. There are plenty of true exotics at that price point (e.g. the Ferrari F430). As a track car, well, that brings us to number 2. Even practiced Porker pilots deemed the previous GT2 TSTD (Too Scary to Drive). As the next gen GT2's advertising strapline is "Requires Respect," you can bet Stuttgart's newest Xtreme machine will be even more likely to make drivers and passengers scream for their electronic Nanny. So where does that leave the Porsche GT2? Sold out. But besides a handful of early adopters and followers of the German marque de Sade, the rest of the car buying world has a lot better things to think about.

Justin Berkowitz
Justin Berkowitz

Immensely bored law student. I've also got 3 dogs.

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  • Snavetrebor Snavetrebor on Jul 26, 2007

    Just curious as to what makes an F430 a "true exotic" compared to the GT2. Is it all about making sure you car looks like it cost a lot?

  • Michael Martineck Michael Martineck on Jul 26, 2007

    The buying habits of people who can spend the cost of a summer home on a little car are difficult to prognosticate, but easy to see in the end. The car's sold out. The story skids to a halt right there.

  • Nick Nick on Jul 26, 2007

    220k huh? I will see you in my Ultima, at less than half the cost, Mr GT2 owner, and I will crush you like an ant!!!

  • Alexdi Alexdi on Jul 26, 2007

    Ignoring the status arguments, as a driver's car, I don't see the point of this one. They're running 500 turbocharged horsepower to the rear tires. That means a hairy, non-linear powerband. And of course, this is a rear-engined Porsche, which means the only things keeping it from swapping ends are stability control and a long wheelbase. Sounds like a deathwish to me.