Thursday, March 8, 2012

First Impression: Porsche 997 GT2

The Porsche 911 Turbo has been around since 1975. The turbo version of the original 911 was called the Porsche 930. In 1993, Porsche added an upgrade version of the 993 generation Turbo. Porsche called this version the Porsche GT2. The Porsche 911 recently ended production of the 997 generation and revealed the next generation of the 911, called the 991. Before ending production of the 997 generation 911s, Porsche made the 997 GT2. The 997 GT2 was in production from 2008 to 2010 and was the upgraded version of the Porsche 997 Turbo. There was also a Porsche 997 GT2 RS version as well.

I recently was the Porsche 997 GT2 at the January 2012 edition of Houston Cars and Coffee. This looks like an upgrade version of the Porsche 997 Turbo. It has a more aggressive look than the 997 Turbo. The front bumper lets people know that this 911 means serious business. The 992 also has a redesigned rear wing, and revised rear bumper.These body modifications give the 997 GT2 that sleek, aggressive look. The standard 997 Carrera looks plain compared to the styling of the 997 GT2.

The Porsche 997 GT2 is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.6L flat-6 engine, paired with a six-speed manual transmission, that produces 523 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque. The 997 GT2 goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 204 mph. Prices for the GT2 start at $200,000. This is cheaper than the Ferrari 458 Italia and Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, yet it cost less than both cars. Compared to its rivals, the 997 GT2 is a better buy.

The Porsche 997 GT2 has been featured Top Gear during Series 12, Episode 1, where Jeremy Clarkson compared the car to the Lamborghini Gallard LP560-4. The 997 GT2 has also been featured on Motorweek, Cars.TV, Top Gear Korea, Fifth Gear, Top Gear Australia, and Best Motoring. The 997 GT2 is playable in Need For Speed: Pro Street, Need For Speed: Undercover, Forza Motorsport 2, Need For Speed: Shift, Forza Motorsport 3, and Shift 2: Unleashed.

Final Thoughts: This is one of the best looking versions of the 997 generation of the 911. The GT3 RS was to flashy with the off-color accents and decal. The 997 GT2 looks aggressive and I prefer the looks of the GT2 over the GT2 RS and GT3 RS. There is no decal or off-color accent on the GT2. The GT2 RS is 0.2 seconds quicker than the GT2 from 0 to 60 mph and is only 1 mph faster than the GT2. The GT2 costs $200,000 and the GT2 RS costs $245,000. I do not think that the GT2 RS is worth $45,000 more than the GT2. The GT2 is my preferred version of the 997 generation. It is the best looking and one of the best performing versions of the 997 generation. The only Porsches I would take over the 997 GT2 are the Carrera GT, 928, and 959.

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