Porsche 911 GT2 RS Owner Offers Brutally Honest Review

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Youtuber thinks the new Porsche 911 GT2 RS is the ultimate 911, but not the best Porsche out there.

There’s only one Porsche 911. It’s been an automotive icon for more than 50 years. However, there are numerous Porsche 911 models. You can get it with or without a roof. You have your choice of rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Want a manual gearbox? Depending on the model you select, you can have one. Prefer the lightning-fast PDK? No problem. The king of all 911 models is the new GT2 RS, the most focused and powerful of them all.

Youtube channel Salomondrin (hosted by Alejandro Salomon) recently took delivery of a GT2 RS of his very own. Salomon’s quick to defend it against those out there who may knock Porsche for keeping the 911 formula so consistent for so long, saying, “Porsche isn’t making a brand-new car every year. They’re just perfecting the one that they have.”

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Salomon owns a Lamborghini Huracan Performante, Mercedes-AMG GT R, and McLaren 720S, but he’s still blown away by the uber-911. He marvels at the amount of aerodynamic add-ons and beautiful carbon fiber that cover his Weissach Package-equipped car. The lightweight material is on the hood and roof and engine cover, and makes up the massive rear wing. The carbon ceramic brakes and $13,000 magnesium wheels cut down on unsprung weight. It’s all in the name of downforce and weight savings. Salomon points out another area where Porsche kept the poundage down, saying, “If you guys look at the front logo right here, that’s a sticker. They didn’t even put the actual logo on the car, the badge. No, they just wanted to do the Porsche logo in a sticker ’cause it saves weight.”

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Given his eager anticipation of the GT2 RS and the fact that it cost him $350,000, Salomon has high expectations. The GT2 RS has to offer the ultimate acceleration, feel, and braking experience. As he puts it, “This…should be the greatest 911 ever.”

 

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So is it? Almost. Salomon is impressed by the GT2 RS’s 700-horsepower thrust and braking performance. He loves the fact that the rear-wheel steering system makes the car so nimble. In fact, the GT2 RS has so much performance potential that it makes Salomon feel as if he’s never doing enough with it when he’s behind the wheel.

Another problem is that the GT2 RS has competition, and not just from other manufacturers. In addition to offering nothing Salomon can’t experience in the Huracan Performante and 720S, the GT2 RS also pales in comparison to the new GT3. It may be the ultimate 911, but it’s not the best modern Porsche to him. There are plenty of people out there who would probably disagree. There’s a strong possibility there’s at least one because Salomon has already sold them his GT2 RS.

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Derek Shiekhi's father raised him on cars. As a boy, Derek accompanied his dad as he bought classics such as post-WWII GM trucks and early Ford Mustang convertibles.

After loving cars for years and getting a bachelor's degree in Business Management, Derek decided to get an associate degree in journalism. His networking put him in contact with the editor of the Austin-American Statesman newspaper, who hired him to write freelance about automotive culture and events in Austin, Texas in 2013. One particular story led to him getting a certificate for learning the foundations of road racing.

While watching TV with his parents one fateful evening, he saw a commercial that changed his life. In it, Jeep touted the Wrangler as the Texas Auto Writers Association's "SUV of Texas." Derek knew he had to join the organization if he was going to advance as an automotive writer. He joined the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) in 2014 and was fortunate to meet several nice people who connected him to the representatives of several automakers and the people who could give him access to press vehicles (the first one he ever got the keys to was a Lexus LX 570). He's now a regular at TAWA's two main events: the Texas Auto Roundup in the spring and the Texas Truck Rodeo in the fall.

Over the past several years, Derek has learned how to drive off-road in various four-wheel-drive SUVs (he even camped out for two nights in a Land Rover), and driven around various tracks in hot hatches, muscle cars, and exotics. Several of his pieces, including his article about the 2015 Ford F-150 being crowned TAWA's 2014 "Truck of Texas" and his review of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, have won awards in TAWA's annual Excellence in Craft Competition. Last year, his JK Forum profile of Wagonmaster, a business that restores Jeep Wagoneers, won prizes in TAWA’s signature writing contest and its pickup- and SUV-focused Texas Truck Invitational.

In addition to writing for a variety of Internet Brands sites, including JK Forum, H-D Forums, The Mustang Source, Mustang Forums, LS1Tech, HondaTech, Jaguar Forums, YotaTech, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts. Derek also started There Will Be Cars on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

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