Porsche's GT2 RS world premier at the Goodwood Circuit couldn't surprise anybody, mostly because the car has already been revealed by Microsoft nearly a month earlier. As for the specs, we could guess them: a GT3 RS, more, and some.
Still, since Porsche hadn't officially discussed the GT2 RS or given any specs, the Goodwood crowd got the full reveal treatment, which started with the $257,500 Turbo S Exclusive Series. It's an equally new 607 horsepower copper-infused special edition designed to make standard Turbo S owners fork out about $67,000 extra for an extra 27 horsepower.
During this part of the speech, Porsche's marketing division went as far as comparing this golden 600hp Turbo S to a former "over 600 PS" turbocharged champion of theirs, the insane 935 race car.
Right around this point, Mark Webber blasted down the main straight in the new GT2, making all journalists wait for his next pass with their fingers on the shutter, completely ignoring the entire GT2 RS part of the presentation. German humor might not be a real thing, but they sure can be funny.
After we could all take a peek at what is a 700 horsepower rear-wheel drive car with its engine at the back, I ran into rally legend Walter Röhrl. Since he also drove Vegla Racing Team's Joest-Porsche 935 at the 1000 kilometer race at the Nürburgring in 1981, I had to ask if he agreed with Porsche on the similarities between that and the new Turbos.
While keeping himself from rolling his eyes, he called the 935 "a car for men, not for boys", "a little scary" and "a difficult race car with an experimental engine producing 700 horsepower."
He also told me that when Porsche asked him to drive a 935 at Le Mans Classic, he said no, thank you, mostly because he remembered that during the race at the Nürburgring in 1981, he had to keep two hands and a knee on the steering wheel just to keep it in line. As a comparison, he summed up the new GT2 RS as a "fingertips" exercise.
Not quite the same.