The 911 GT2 RS is a bit of a weird model for Porsche. It’s the fastest and most powerful 911 variant on one hand, and it even holds the official lap record for the Nurburgring Nordschleife. But on the other, Porsche customers rarely look at the GT2 RS, probably because it’s perhaps just a little too… extreme.
So what does Porsche do? They make an even more extreme track-only special edition of the car, of course, called the GT2 RS Clubsport 25. Think of it sort of like a sequel to the uber-cool Porsche 935, just without the retro-inspired bodywork.
Porsche built 77 units of the 935, but plans to only make 30 of these 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25. So what does the 25 in the name stand for? A birthday gift for Porsche’s sister company (51% ownership since 2013) slash motorsports partner Manthey-Racing, that’s what, who’s just turned 25 years-old. Bad-ass.
For those who are slightly out of the loop, Manthey are the guys who make Porsches go fast around the Nurburgring. The GT2 RS track record was made in conjunction with Manthey, and they’ve also won the 24 hours of Nurburgring a whole seven times with Porsche 911s, including four straight years from 2006-2009.
For the most part, the Porsche GT2 RS Clubsport 25 is pretty much the same piece of crazy machinery as the GT2 RS Clubsport from 2018 – no surprises there, since they share nearly 90% of their names. But of course, it’s been given a slew of upgrades, stemming from experience gleamed in the past three years.
Among them is the reworked front fascia, with the radiator now mounted centrally, said to provide better protection in the event of a collision. Clearing out the left- and right-side fascia also allows the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25 to better channel air to cool off the front brakes.
There’s also a new carbon fibre bonnet with two massive vents, which helps direct hot air over the car’s roof. A centre-mounted NACA duct located right above the front Porsche emblem helps bring fresh air into the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25’s cabin, while the rear fenders open up into vertical vents – just like the Porsche 935 – to help extract hot air from the exhaust.
Other subtler changes include redesigned lights from the latest RSR and 911 GT3 Cup race cars, updated rear diffuser and exhaust, and reworked side plates for the swan-neck rear spoiler. But the main highlight on the GT2 RS Clubsport 25 is of course its gorgeous grey and green livery, which pays tribute to Manthey-Racing’s 911 GT3 R racer, affectionately called “Grello” by race fans.
Underneath the GT2 RS Clubsport 25 though, it’s pretty much unchanged from the 935, with the wheels and its offset (which gives the car a “significantly wider track” than the Clubsport), steering gear, and other mechanical systems taken directly from its predecessor.
Power also still comes from the same 3.8-litre flat-six twin-turbo engine, which pushes 700 hp to the rear wheels via a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox.
“With the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25 special edition, which we designed and developed in conjunction with Porsche Motorsport, we’ve reached another milestone in the 25-year history of Manthey,” Manthey-Racing Managing Director, Nicolas Raeder said in a statement.
“It’s a perfect example of our guiding principle ‘Closer to Perfection.’ With every modification, technological function always takes priority. That’s why the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25 has its very own character, which also reflects our brand values: straightforward and meticulous, flexible and uncompromising.”
Porsche is asking 525,000 Euros (before taxes, ~RM2.62 million) for the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25, which is quite a bit more affordable than the 935 to be fair. But of course, they’re only making 30 units in comparison to 77 units of the 935 – so if you want to be one of the lucky few, better get to ordering, and remember to book a few track days while you’re at it.