Porsche 997 GT2

Price
$ 193 Thousand
Top Speed
325km/h (mph)

The internal designation of the Porsche 997 (Nine-Nine-Seven) refers to the Porsche 911 models sold between 2004 and 2012 by German Porsche company. They succeeded the Porsche 996 models which ruled the roost for Porsche from 1998 till early 2005. The 997 GT2, at the time of its release was the most powerful and fastest road-legal Porsche 911 to be ever sold to the public. It is also the first Porsche to arrive with the electronic launch-control ability. This swift machine is also very traveler-friendly with its array of electronic luxuries. With a length of 180 inches and a curb weight of 3200 lbs, the 997 GT2 is a great car that is also priced in that way! This 2-door coupe arrives at the base price of US $192,560.

Review

As said earlier, the 997 GT2 was a modification of the Turbo. The engine too has been slightly upgraded. This twin-turbocharged, flat-6 engine arrives with a capacity of 3.6 liters. The turbochargers are much larger in size, however, compared to the previous models. Expansion chambers have been added to cool the fuel-air mixture. These changes ensure that the GT2 is able to yield 530 hp at 6,500 rpm. This translates into a torque of 505 pound-feet at rpm in the range of 2,200 to 4,500. The changes in the engine also resulted in a 15 percent increase in fuel economy. Within 3.6 seconds, the 997 GT2 is able to hit a speed of 100 km/h. It also boasts of a top speed in excess of 325 km/h. A 6-speed manual gearbox helps to shift to higher speeds.

Interior

The interiors of the 997 GT2 resemble those of a genuine jet cockpit with seats that are covered in genuine leather and constricted in an apparently modular fashion. The sports car also comes loaded with electronic goodies for entertainment and safety. While a high-quality stereo system with a screen and excellent speakers takes care of the entertainment part, the Porsche Stability Management or PSM and the Porsche Active Suspension Management or PASM electronically lend safety while driving. These can also be disabled by those who are brave at heart via a central-console switch. Air conditioning and power windows are part of the standard supply. The steering is flat at the bottom and exquisitely rimmed just as the tiny gear stick is luxuriously covered. Five large gauges with illumination adorn the dash behind the wheel.

Exterior

At the first glance, the 997 GT2 appears like the 997 Turbo with the 4-wheel drive taken off. Closer examination will reveal minute and subtle details that make it stand apart in its class and function. Like all the other Porsche 911s the car has a gently smiling face under which are four large split-grilles. The roof slopes gently towards the rear and sharply towards the front. As a result, the car looks like a sleek wildcat crouching and waiting to jump into action. The wheels are large with multiple, 'starry' spokes. There is a distinct spoiler at the rear and it uplifts the car aerodynamically and in its looks too! The headlamps are round and large while the tail lamps are long and sleek.