Though the 997 GT2 RS has been out of production for a few years now, enthusiasts still speak in hushed tones about the last of the force-fed RS lineup. The car offered very little in the way of electronic nannies, and when the few provided were disabled, it required a deft touch and, preferably, a few years of actual race experience. Turbocharged 911s had a foul reputation back in the seventies and have since been tamed, but it’s the GT2 RS which still intimidates the steeliest of drivers, which is a good thing—because now it’s back.
At the latest E3 Expo, it was the 991-generation GT2 RS which stole the spotlight. As the cover car for Forza Motorsport 7, the monstrous-looking machine was unveiled for the first time publicly before a crowd of gamers, not automotive executives. With plenty of naked carbon, a massive rear wing, centerlock wheels, and one of the more aggressive-looking bodykits seen on a road car, it’s a suitable car to market one of the most recognizable racing games with, though which is better complimented is up for debate.
The 3.8-liter motor makes between 640 and 700 horsepower and will not be manageable for the amateur. Though that sort of warning is touted to give the illusion of mock-terror, the 997 GT2 RS genuinely deserved the nickname “widowmaker.” Since this one makes even more power and torque, it’s probably even more of a handful. Having a PDK transmit power to the rear wheels might simplify the driving experience, but if the old car is anything to go by, it’ll still be quite amusing. Jethro Bovingdon might like to giggle childishly when a car impresses him, but in the below footage, I detect a note of genuine terror in his laughter.