Thursday, May 12, 2016

Seen in Cambridge: a Porsche GT2

Yesterday, I saw a Porsche GT2 parked on the street. A very rare car by any measure, the GT2 is an exceptionally rare car for a city like Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was in front of Savenor's Market on Kirkland Street.

One of the very few 200 mph plus Porsches, the GT2 saw limited production runs, with very few of those coming to the United States. Lucky owners are now watching resale values climb quickly. For the techno nerds, here are some performance figures (courtesy of Wikipedia): 
The American auto magazine Motor Trend tested a 2008 Porsche 911 GT2, achieving a 0-60 mph time of 3.3 seconds, and a quarter mile of 11.3 seconds at 129.1 mph (207.8 km/h). The GT2 also recorded a braking distance from 60 to 0 mph of 98 feet (30 m), and 1.10g of lateral grip.
Cambridge is not exactly known as a car Mecca, unless of course you consider Subarus and Priuses worthy of the status, so a rarity such as this stands out. For a burgeoning car nut as myself, spotting a GT2 on the street is meaningful.