Affectionately known as The Widow Maker, the 997 911 GT2 is the fastest, scariest and one of the most desirable 911’s on public roads.Based on the 911 Turbo and built by the same team responsible for Porsche’s track ready 911’s such as the GT3RS and Cup Model’s, the GT2 was made with driver involvement at the forefront.
When it was released in 2008, AutoCar Magazine praised the 997 GT2 as being: “the greatest version of Porsche’s wildest road car (not counting the ultra-rare, ultra expensive Carrera GT, of course).” The 997 GT2 combined an astonishing mix of power, torque, performance and composure to make it one of the most desirable road going supercars that money could buy.
With 390kW and 680Nm at its disposal, the GT2 is a rear wheel drive version of the 911 Turbo. Ditching the four-wheel drive system saves 140kg and makes the GT2 a more challenging drive. Where the 911 Turbo forgives drivers for their mistakes by engaging all four wheels, the GT2 doesn’t afford the same clemency. The 997 GT2 is essentially a mildly tuned, more powerful, stripped down version of the Porsche 997 Turbo S.
The 911 GT2 reaches 100km/h in 3.7 seconds; two tenths slower than the all wheel drive 911 Turbo. It’s not just fast to 100km/h either, find a long enough piece of road and the GT2 will accelerate to 100mph (160km/h) in 7.4-seconds and onto a top speed well north of 300km/h.
The GT2, however, isn’t about straight line performance- it is a track day weapon. The GT2 was only available in manual transmission- the driver centric option for maximal involvement. The 997 GT2 is significant step up from the 996 GT2. It’s more refined on the road, more usable in for every day driving, and (in spite of its ‘widow maker’ nickname) far more manageable when driven on the limit.
With 26,754km on the clock and an asking price of $469,000, this Guards Red is on the same playing field as a 991 GT3RS. Unlike the GT3RS however, this 997 Gt2 is likely to appreciate over the coming years as the limited production run makes them increasingly collectable.