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The German Supercar Starts At Nearly $300,000

C8 Corvette Z06
The C8 Corvette Z06 in camo spied alongside a Porsche 911 GT2 RS. Photo via Facebook.

The 2021 C8 Corvette Z06 has been caught testing in the mountains of California this week, and the video that bystanders managed to take revealed one hell of an engine note from its upcoming DOHC flat-plane crank V8. However, they missed something: the benchmark car. Turns out, it’s none other than a 911-generation Porsche 911 GT2 RS. It’s evident from Facebook user Brandon Byers, who managed to grab a photo and share it for the world to see.

If you’re unfamiliar with the 991-generation Porsche 911 GT2 RS, here are some performance stats for you: it set a lap record of 1:24.88 around Road Atlanta, besting the C7 Corvette ZR1 by nearly two seconds. If that’s not impressive enough, it blitzed the Nürburging in 6:47.30. Only the $517,770 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ has posted a faster production car lap time.

GM is benchmarking the C8 Corvette Z06 with the 911 GT2 RS for several reasons. While the outright performance is a main target, the Porsche also features a dual-clutch transmission, carbon ceramic brakes, radical aerodynamics such as a massive adjustable rear wing and NACA ducts, and utilizes a top-shelf suspension system consisting of steel ball joints, bushings, racing springs, and highly aggressive camber. Making contact with the road is a set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R N0 tires, which wrap a set of unique center-locking wheels that look like they came from the factory race car. Its 3.8L twin-turbo flat-6 engine is rated at a whopping 700 horsepower, and is capable of accelerating the GT2 RS from 0-60 in just 2.7 seconds.

The price to pay for all of this blitzkrieg performance began at a steep base price of $293,200. The Weissach package tacked on another $31,000, which included super light magnesium wheels, carbon fiber roof, antiroll bars and end-links on both axles, seats from the 918, and Alcantara accents. Only 1,000 Porsche 911 GT2 RS supercars were said to be built, and yes, they’ve sold out.

Porsche launched the 992-generation 911 last year, which starts a new product lifecycle for the iconic German sports car.

When the C8 Corvette Z06 comes to market, expect far more volume, at a far more agreeable price, but with highly comparable performance as the 991 Porsche 911 GT2 RS. Stay tuned for more.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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