Porsche just announced the 911 GT2 RS, a real-wheel drive sports car with nearly 700 horsepower powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo engine. It’s a huge announcement from Porsche, with McLaren’s 710 horsepower 720S and Ferrari’s 488 GTB successor hot on their heels, the GT2 RS is how Porsche keeps the 911 name relevant. You’d expect such an announcement in Geneva, Detroit or even New York, now in Los Angeles at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.
But that’s exactly what did happen. Porsche just dropped a car at E3.
Then again, until this past year, you couldn’t drive a Porsche in most of the top-tier racing games because of an exclusive licensing deal with Electronic Arts. Now that that deal is dead, Porsche is showing up everywhere in the video game world — namely in the newly-announced Forza Motorsport 7. In fact, the GT2 RS is the cover car for Forza 7, which comes out this fall on Xbox One X (Project Scorpio), PC, and Xbox One.
It’s an interesting new example of the how the auto industry is reacting to being pulled out of their comfort zone to appeal to the next generation of car buyer.