Watch A Porsche 959 Take On A New 911 GT2 RS

Steven Symes
Watch A Porsche 959 Take On A New 911 GT2 RS

A legend and a modern champion meet, but which will be victorious?

It’s not every day you see a Porsche 959 get compared back-to-back to the new Porsche 911 GT2 RS. EveryDayDriver has done just that in an epic video below. In fact, this is likely the first time anyone has compared these two performance monsters, making for an interesting pairing. With an age difference of three decades, you might not think this is a fair fight, but you might be wrong.

Both of these Porsches are high-strung, potent performance vehicles. Their specs are impressive, as are the designs. Even a non-car person would immediately recognize these aren’t your run-of-the-mill Germans.

On paper, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS is unbelievably impressive. With 690-horsepower coaxed from the 3.8-liter flat-six it can do 0-60 mph in a mere 2.7 seconds. Of course, the 7-speed PDK helps with that blistering acceleration. For good measure, the car can also hit 211 mph. A bevy of technological innovations like Porsche Active Suspension Management, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus, and rear-axle steering make excellent use of all that power. In other words, it can stick turns and not just go fast in a straight line.

Then there’s the Porsche 959, which is essentially a high modified Porsche 911 with some of the latest technologies for its time crammed in there. The 2.8-liter flat-six features twin turbos and water cooling, something which only became controversial with the 996. It pushes a respectable 444-horsepower, but that figure seems a little light compared to the GT2 RS. As you might expect, this 80s star isn’t as quick, accelerating from 0-60 in 3.6 seconds and hitting a top speed of 190 mph. A six-speed manual is in the mix, as is all-wheel drive and an electronically-controlled chassis, proving this old design still has some interesting tricks.

Ultimately, both cars are impressive in their own rite. Some will prefer the feel of the 959 while others will lean toward the GT2 RS and that’s ok. Not everyone is going to like the same cars, and that’s why there are so many different kinds out there to explore.

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