2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2011 Porsche 911 - Road Test Specs

2011 Porsche 911 Coupe

(3.6L 6-cyl. Twin-turbo 6-speed Manual)


Year Make Model2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS 2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl Turbo 6M)
Vehicle TypeRWD 2dr 2-passenger Coupe
Base MSRP$245,950
Options on test vehicleCarbon-Fiber Front Fenders ($6,840); PCM With Navigation Module ($3,110); Rear Center Console in Carbon ($1,625); Sound Package Plus ($700); Auto-Dimming Mirror With Integrated Rain Sensor ($690); Sport Chrono Package Plus ($690); Belt Outlets in Carbon ($450); Universal Audio Interface ($345); Headlamp Cleaner in Exterior Color ($295); Porsche Crest on Headrests ($285).
As-tested MSRP$260,980
Assembly locationStuttgart, Germany
North American parts content (%)3


ConfigurationLongitudinal, rear-engine, rear-wheel drive
Engine typeTwin-turbocharged port-injected flat-6, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,600/220
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing and lift
Compression ratio (x:1)9.0
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,750
Fuel cutoff/rev limiter (rpm)6,750
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)620 @ 6,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)516 @ 2,250
Fuel type91-octane acceptable + 93-octane for best performance
Transmission typeSix-speed manual
Transmission ratios (x:1)1st = 3.15; 2nd = 1.89; 3rd = 1.40; 4th = 1.09; 5th = 0.89; 6th = 0.73
Final-drive ratio (x:1)3.44
Differential(s)Mechanical locking differential (28%/40% power/overrun)


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts with dual lower ball joints, coil springs, driver-adjustable 2-mode variable dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, driver-adjustable two-mode variable dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeHydraulic-assist, speed-proportional, variable-ratio, rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)17.1-13.8
Tire make and modelMichelin Pilot Sport Cup+ N1 (front), Michelin Pilot Sport Cup N2 (rear)
Tire typeAsymmetrical, summer, high-performance (29 psi cold front; 33 psi cold rear)
Tire size, front245/35ZR19 (89Y)
Tire size, rear325/30ZR19 (101Y)
Wheel size, front19-by-9 inches
Wheel size, rear19-by-12 inches
Wheel materialForged aluminum (center locking)
Brakes, front15-inch two-piece ventilated cross-drilled and slotted carbon-ceramic discs with 6-piston fixed calipers
Brakes, rear13.8-inch two-piece ventilated cross-drilled and slotted carbon-ceramic discs with 4-piston fixed calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)1.7
0-45 mph (sec.)2.4
0-60 mph (sec.)3.6
0-75 mph (sec.)4.6
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)11.2 @ 129.8
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)3.3
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)2.2
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)2.9
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)4.2
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)5.2
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)11.8 @ 129.0
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)4.0
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)24
60-0 mph (ft.)100
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)72.5
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON70.5
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)1.03
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON1.03
Sound level @ idle (dB)61.1
@ Full throttle (dB)85.1
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)73.0
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)2,150

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsRetest after codes were reset by Porsche: With SC+TC off and throttle pinned to the floor, there's a built-in rev-limiter/launch mode at 4,200 rpm with boost hovering around 11.0 psi. Getting off the clutch pedal abruptly allows wheelspin, but it's relatively easy to modulate. A good sub 2.0-second (to 30 mph) launch is repeatable. First gear is over so quickly that it's critical to watch the shift light and not the slow tach needle. There's still some electronic reduction of power between each upshift (presumably to protect the driveline and/or the driver) that smoothes what would be aggressive gear grabbing. When the power is back to full, it's difficult to keep my head off the head restraint. Even crossing the finish line at 130 mph, this car is still accelerating very, very hard.
Braking commentsIncredibly hard pedal, zero dive un-fadeable brakes. The only difference in distance from run to run is attributable to the surface of the track.
Handling commentsSlalom: In the Porsche 911 tradition, the only way through a slalom course is with progressive throttle application -- otherwise (and even with maintenance throttle) the rear steps out. Luckily, the tires break free progressively, not abruptly. Best run is slow-in/fast-out to best utilize the LSD on exit -- and it works beautifully, rocketing through the finish line at W.O.T. Skid pad: Large discrepancy between clockwise and counterclockwise, e.g. with driver inboard, (CCW) the car would oversteer slightly and controllably. However, with driver outboard, the car would understeer. Either way, the steering is highly informative and weighted just right.

Testing Conditions

Test date4/19/2011
Test locationCalifornia Speedway
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)56.9
Relative humidity (%)79.0
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.9
Wind (mph, direction)4.4, headwind
Odometer (mi.)1,611
Fuel used for test91-octane gasoline
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)29/33

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)16 city/23 highway/19 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)11 worst/17 best/15 average over 270 miles
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)17.7
Driving range (mi.)407.1

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo descriptionCDR-30 Audio system: AM/FM/CD plus optional 325-watt amplifier and 9 speakers
iPod/digital media compatibilityOptional iPod via proprietary cable, USB stick
Bluetooth phone connectivityOptional
Navigation systemOptional hard drive with 6.5-inch (measured diagonally) color touchscreen display screen
Smart entry/StartNot available
Parking aidsNot available
Blind-spot detectionNot available
Adaptive cruise controlNot available
Lane-departure monitoringNot available
Collision warning/avoidanceNot available
Night VisionNot available
Driver coaching displayStandard

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,075
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,180
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)39/61
Length (in.)175.9
Width (in.)72.9
Height (in.)50.6
Wheelbase (in.)92.5
Track, front (in.)59.4
Track, rear (in.)61.2
Turning circle (ft.)35.8
Legroom, front (in.)Not published
Headroom, front (in.)Not published
Seating capacity2
Trunk volume (cu-ft)3.7
Max cargo volume behind 1st row (cu-ft)7.2
GVWR (lbs.)3,704
Payload, mfr. max claim (lbs.)629


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years/50,000 miles
Corrosion10 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years/50,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available

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