Porsche Announces Most Powerful 911 in History… at the Video Game Expo

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
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Porsche unveiled its most powerful production 911 in history and not exactly where you’d expect. Dodge saved the unveiling of its much-teased Challenger SRT Demon for the New York International Auto Show, so where did Porsche choose to present the new GT2 RS? The Electronic Entertainment Expo — the world’s premiere video game convention.

There are two ways to look at this sacrilege. You can either take offense, accusing the brand of betraying its fervent automotive base, or you can see this as one of the smartest marketing choices it could have made. E3 has a lot of eyes on it and video games are a booming industry. For a long time Porsche cars weren’t even in most video games, thanks to an exclusive deal made with Electronic Arts. When that ended, the brand slipped its cars into Forza Motorsport 6 through downloadable content, and the GT2 RS is on the cover of Forza Motorsport 7.

Bound to Electronic Arts, which has produced lackluster and over-the-top racing games for the past few years, Porsche was relegated to goofy arcade style romps with a Fast and Furious mindset — like Need for Speed. But Forza is a very different franchise, aimed specifically at enthusiasts who at least have some cursory understanding of motorsports and prefer a simulation-adjacent experience.

However, anchoring itself to a video game that offers authenticity isn’t the most important thing. Porsche knows Forza 7 is the game enthusiast are waiting for and that the cars you drive virtually in your formative years sear themselves into your brain forever.

According to The Verge, the new 911 GT2 RS uses a 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat-six to send 640 horsepower exclusively to the rear wheels. Beyond the paint job, that’s really all we know. Microsoft, which streamed the event live, was pretty spartan on the actual specs of the real world car — understandable since they aren’t an automaker. But Porsche hasn’t issued a press release either, and we’ve only seen spy shots of the car before its weekend unveiling. Hopefully that is soon to change because, as good as the video game looks, we’re still more curious about the Porsche.

[Image: Microsoft Studios]

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  • "Ze new 911 must have two characteristics: Ze price must be higher than any 911 ever. Und like all 911s, it must look slightly less like a Beetle then ze previous model."

  • John Ireland John Ireland on Jun 14, 2017

    Just what the world needs...a disposable car that costs too much and goes too fast for anyone to use on public roads. Porsche has completely lost their sense of perspective. If they want to recreate the classic Porsche experience, create a new 356 using a 1.7 liter flat four that hangs its ass out back...and priced it at $40k. No all wheel steering, no sport chrono, no nanny controls, no 20" wheels, no PDK, no power seats or power windows or power top or sunroof...manual operation only. Think it can't be done? Someone is already doing it, but it isn't Porsche.

  • Nrd515 I bought an '88 S10 Blazer with the 4.3. We had it 4 years and put just about 48K on it with a bunch of trips to Nebraska and S. Dakota to see relatives. It had a couple of minor issues when new, a piece of trim fell off the first day, and it had a seriously big oil leak soon after we got it. The amazinly tiny starter failed at about 40K, it was fixed under some sort of secret warranty and we got a new Silverado as a loaner. Other than that, and a couple of tires that blew when I ran over some junk on the road, it was a rock. I hated the dash instrumentation, and being built like a gorilla, it was about an inch and a half too narrow for my giant shoulders, but it drove fine, and was my second most trouble free vehicle ever, only beaten by my '82 K5 Blazer, which had zero issues for nearly 50K miles. We sold the S10 to a friend, who had it over 20 years and over 400,000 miles on the original short block! It had a couple of transmissions, a couple of valve jobs, a rear end rebuild at 300K, was stolen and vandalized twice, cut open like a tin can when a diabetic truck driver passed out(We were all impressed at the lack of rust inside the rear quarters at almost 10 years old, and it just went on and on. Ziebart did a good job on that Blazer. All three of his sons learned to drive in it, and it was only sent to the boneyard when the area above the windshield had rusted to the point it was like taking a shower when it rained. He now has a Jeep that he's put a ton of money into. He says he misses the S10's reliablity a lot these days, the Jeep is in the shop a lot.
  • Jeff S Most densely populated areas have emission testing and removing catalytic converters and altering pollution devices will cause your vehicle to fail emission testing which could effect renewing license plates. In less populated areas where emission testing is not done there would probably not be any legal consequences and the converter could either be removed or gutted both without having to buy specific parts for bypassing emissions. Tampering with emission systems would make it harder to resell a vehicle but if you plan on keeping the vehicle and literally running it till the wheels fall off there is not much that can be done if there is no emission testing. I did have a cat removed on a car long before mandatory emission testing and it did get better mpgs and it ran better. Also had a cat gutted on my S-10 which was close to 20 years old which increased performance and efficiency but that was in a state that did not require emission testing just that reformulated gas be sold during the Summer months. I would probably not do it again because after market converters are not that expensive on older S-10s compared to many of the newer vehicles. On newer vehicles it can effect other systems that are related to the operating and the running of the vehicle. A little harder to defeat pollution devices on newer vehicles with all the systems run by microprocessors but if someone wants to do it they can. This law could be addressing the modified diesels that are made into coal rollers just as much as the gasoline powered vehicles with cats. You probably will still be able to buy equipment that would modify the performance of a vehicles as long as the emission equipment is not altered.
  • ToolGuy I wonder if Vin Diesel requires DEF.(Does he have issues with Sulfur in concentrations above 15ppm?)
  • ToolGuy Presented for discussion: https://xroads.virginia.edu/~Hyper2/thoreau/civil.html
  • Kevin Ford can do what it's always done. Offer buyouts to retirement age employees, and transfers to operating facilities to those who aren't retirement age. Plus, the transition to electric isn't going to be a finger snap one time event. It's going to occur over a few model years. What's a more interesting question is: Where will today's youth find jobs in the auto industry given the lower employment levels?
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