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The Widowmaker returns: Porsche’s next 911 GT2 RS might get 700 horsepower

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Porsche may be preparing an even more extreme variant of the monstrous 911 Turbo called GT2 RS, a new report finds.

The GT2 RS moniker was last used six years ago on an evolution of the 997-series 911 that was quickly nicknamed “The Widowmaker.” The next-gen model will allegedly launch with a 3.8-liter flat-six engine rated at nearly 700 horsepower and about 550 pound-feet of torque thanks to the use of two massive turbochargers. With 160 ponies more than the standard 911 Turbo, the GT2 RS is expected to hit 60 mph from a stop in less than 2.9 seconds — a figure that will make it at least as fast as the Lamborghini Centenario — and go on to a top speed of nearly 200 mph.

The six’s jaw-dropping output will be channeled to the rear wheels only, a configuration that ensures the GT2 RS will provide a lively driving experience. What remains to be seen is whether the RS will be offered with a manual transmission, a dual-clutch automatic unit, or both.

Not content with merely adding more power, Porsche will give the GT2 RS a specific body kit and track-tuned suspension components borrowed from the GT3 RS. An unofficial rendering provided by Top Speed gives us a preview of what it might look like. It will be lighter than the Turbo, too, thanks to the use of lightweight materials and a more basic cabin.

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Porsche hasn’t explicitly confirmed that a new 911 GT2 RS is in the works, but the company hasn’t denied the rumors, either. Speaking to British magazine Auto Express, Porsche GT boss Andreas Preuninger recently¬†hinted that “a car like the GT2 RS makes most sense toward the end of the life cycle of each model.”¬†In other words, the GT2 RS might not arrive until later next year. When it lands, it will take the form of an exclusive limited-edition model that’s expected to cost markedly more than the nearly $160,000 Turbo.