2017 Porsche 911 GT2 Shows Up on Nurburgring, Rumored To Be Sold Out

2018 Porsche 911 GT2 test car on Nurburgring 1 photo
Photo: Dyana F
The smell of burned rubber from the 2017 Porsche 911 GT2 is still fresh on the Nurburgring asphalt as you are reading this, with the rear-engined beast having lapped the Nordschleife earlier today.
As usual, Zuffenhasuen is doing a great job at making us believe we can zoom in and talk about the details of the spied prototype, but it;s enough to check out the rumors to figure out how little we currently know about the Neunelfer seen here. Speaking of which, the image comes from Dyana F, a woman who likes to walk her dog on the Nordschleife, when possible. In fact, she might be the one "occupying" the barrier on the side of the track in the background of this Koenigsegg wine Nurburgring adventure.

Most of us agree on the fact that the GT3 body (rear magnesium roof, carbon panels) seen here with superb racecar-grade aerodynamic additions is, in fact, the test car for the upcoming GT2. However, the GT3 RS front wing air extractors, which we've seen in earlier spyshots, seem to have been replaced with mule-mile aero elements, but we can't really tell for now.

With the GT2 badge traditionally building on the 911 Turbo, but doing away with the all-wheel-drive in the name of weight saving, the RWD nature is a certainty. Nevertheless, this is where the foggy area begins.

For one thing, a manual gearbox, probably an option, is a likely version, especially since the 911 R is a statement towards the fact that Porsche has learned from its PDK-only 991 GT3 and GT3 RS mistakes - remember the manual 991.2 prototype we recently spied?

As for the power, since the 991.2 Turbo S now packs 580 horses, the GT2 will sit anywhere between 600 and 700 hp.

If Porsche follows the path of the 997 Neunelfer generation, the GT2 should be the final 991.1 model, not a 991.2. This could mean the car will be revealed at this fall's Paris Motor Show or in early 2017 with deliveries expected for next year.

As with any GT division velocity instrument, production will be limited, up to the point that the model could already be sold out.

The obvious question sitting on everybody's lips has to do with the lap time of the violent Neunelfer. Well, given the fact that the 991.2 Turbo S can go round the Nordschleife in 7:18, which makes it 2 seconds faster than the GT3 RS, we'll have to wait and see how much the GT2 can improve on that time. And its massive rear wing, be it a mule element or not, should provide a clue...
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