Carbon-clad missile: TechArt reveal ballistic Porsche GTstreet RS
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I'm writing this wracking my brain trying to think of a Porsche 911 more nutty, more ferocious than this new beast from tuning company TechArt.
As far as factory-made Porsches go, the 911 GT2 released in 2018 is certainly up there, as is its Nürburgring-crushing 9,000rpm GT3 RS cousin. Beyond what rolls out of the factory, there's also what the likes of RUF and Singer make, too.
And still, few have the immediate visual impact of the carbon-fibre coated GTstreet RS.
We'll get to all that boring (but incredibly impressive) power numbers stuff in a moment. First, I want to talk about that carbon-fibre.
This isn't any old carbon fibre, as the close-ups will indicate. It's created using randomly arranged strands of carbon in a method similar to the Forged Composites product seen on the Lamborghini Huracan Performante.
TechArt have their own (admittedly non-creative) name for it; Forged Design. Nonetheless, the random and sporadic arrangement of carbon is theorised to be tougher and lighter than the uniform carbon seen more commonly. And, that compact weave is replaced with a look that appears almost like a black marble.
On the Performante, the unique carbon-work only really appears on the rear. On the TechArt though it is absolutely everywhere. From the surrounds on the front inlets, to the wheel-arch extensions, to the vents that sit atop the front wings, to most of the overgrown rear diffuser. It's gratuitous overkill ... stunning in my mind, but beauty is in the eye of the wallet holder.
TechArt have even used their Forged Design carbon to form part of the GTstreet's centre-lock multi-piece wheels.
Anyway. What about power?
The GTstreet RS is based on a Porsche 911 991.2 Turbo S, which comes with 427kW and 750Nm out of the box. That's enough for most, but TechArt's changes have blown those numbers to pieces.
This new model produces 566kW and 920Nm from the Porsche 3.8-litre flat six engine — a growth of 139kW and 170Nm over the standard car. Naturally acceleration takes a cut, too, with 0–100km/h times down to a claimed and quite crazy 2.5 seconds, with 0–200km/h coming in 8.1 seconds.
How did TechArt do it? Well, mainly they say through a pair of newly developed variable-geometry turbochargers that have fluid aspect ratios that change according to what the car is doing.
Top speed is listed as a dizzying 340km/h. But, that's not necessarily a number set in stone.
“However, on a high speed testing ground and equipped with specially homologated sports tires, the new TechArt GTstreet RS performance powerkit allows speeds of around 360km/h,” says Steven Ratz, TechArt's technical CEO.
Beyond the crazy aero and crazier numbers, the GTstreet naturally has other tricks up its sleeve, too.
The cabin comes with the requisite levels of Alcantara and leather. But it also comes with portions made from ... genuine virgin wool, which I suppose is nice. Embossed headrests and orange highlights let you know that you're not in a standard 911 as well.
There's not a lot of statistical chance of the public mistaking this for a 'normal' 911 simply by virtue of how limited the production run is. Just 10 of these beasts are set to be produced, all of which will proudly sport their number in the production run on their bonnet.
The TechArt GTstreet RS will make its public debut at next week's Geneva Motor Show. Although, as nice as it will be for those lucky to attend to see it there, know now that they are probably all accounted for.