The spies over at Car Magazine managed to get hold of these photos of the 997 GT2, which will make it’s debut at the 2007 Frankfurt Auto Show later this year. It’s basically something slotted between the Turbo and the GT3, not so much of a comfortable road going monster, but not so much of a hardcore track car either.
It’s got a sportier suspension just like the GT3, as well as being rear wheel drive instead of all-wheel drive like the Turbo, but it has a tuned-up version of the 3.6 litre twin VGT turbocharged flat-6 in the Turbo instead of a high revving normally aspirated race engine like the one in the GT3.
Car magazine estimates a 1485kg kerb weight (100kg less than the Turbo), and 525hp at the crank, power figures that are higher than the Turbo thanks to an uprated oil cooler, stronger conrods and a stiffer crank, and other upgrades which allow a higher boost level. Torque is expected to be around 718Nm from as low as 2,000rpm. Let’s calculate how much horsepower that is. The formula is Horsepower = Torque x RPM divided by 5252. 718 x 2000 / 5252 = 273 horsepower at 2,000rpm. 273 horsepower is just a tad lower than what a baseline Evo makes at maximum power – 280hp. And this is at 2,000rpm. Amazing what VGT can do!
However, with less weight and more power, it will go from 0 to 100km/h slower than the 911 Turbo at 4.5 seconds compared to 3.9 seconds, because the Turbo has all-wheel drive to help put it’s lower power down to the tarmac more effectively. With the GT3’s rear wheel drive layout, more of that horses go towards burning rubber more than traction.