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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Porsche 911 GT2: It flies like a jet


We found another nice review of the Porsche 911 GT2. Enjoy!
I don't know how fast we actually traveled because I couldn't take my eyes off the track as it seemed to vaporize in front of me. But I do know this: The Porsche 911 GT2 is a monster car. And a safe one, too. It's the third generation of the GT2 - the first version was introduced in 1995 - and it is the first 911 to have a top speed of more than 200 miles per hour. It takes it just 3.6 seconds to go from standing to 60 miles per hour, thanks to a launch assist system that lets you hold the gas pedal to the floor for full power, then pop the clutch.

The car weighs just over 3,000 pounds, owing to the liberal use of aluminum, carbon fiber (which saves 20 pounds in each of the two seats), and ceramic brakes, which are 40 pounds lighter than regular brakes.

To those who have watched it fly down the Daytona straightaway, the GT2 resonates like a jet. The overwhelming sound comes from a 3.6-liter, horizontally opposed engine. The muscle it produces is sent through a six-speed manual transmission whose first three gears get eaten up immediately by its ferocious power.



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Source: Boston.com, picture by Porsche

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