Watch how fast a Porsche 911 GT2 RS can get on an open runway.
The Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds in West Palm Beach, Florida is basically perfect this time of year. The sun is shining, the humidity is less than the 90% swamp it can be over the summer, and temperatures are at a balmy 75 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s also just a few feet above sea level, so air density is at its maximum--that’s important for an internal combustion engine to generate as much power as possible.
Test drivers at the Proving Grounds have been showing just how fast cars can get when they’re provided with ideal conditions. Their latest example is a 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS, the fastest production 911 ever made.
Under the rear hatch is a 3.8-L flat-six motor with twin-turbos and 690 horsepower. Zero to sixty is done in just 2.7 seconds. Zero to 100 mph takes less than 6 seconds. And top speed is advertised at 210 mph.
Well. Let’s see what Johnny Bohmer has to say about that.
The GT2 has a great start off the line with barely a hint of tire squeal. A great start really isn’t all that important for a top speed test, but it shows that this driver means business. Zero to sixty and zero to 100 are done in about the same time that Porsche advertises, and after reaching the 1,000-foot mark, the GT2 is already traveling at 127 mph.
Note that despite being faster than most cars get on the highway, the Porsche is still pulling G’s in the driver. The accelerometer notes a 0.1 G-force experienced right up until the car reaches 180 mph, at which point the engine finally starts to top out.
After 200 mph, the downforce is incredible. You can see the car buffeting as the engine tries to push the RS forward while the aerodynamics try to keep it from catapulting itself into the stratosphere.
At 211.694 mph, the car finally maxes out and the driver pulls 0.7 G’s to get the RS to stop. Maybe next we'll see a Koenigsegg take on this perfect runway. We can only hope.