Porsche 911 GT3 RS laps Nurburgring under 7 minutes

James Marshall
April 20, 2018

Powered by a race-bred 4.0-litre naturally-aspirated flat-six engine with 383kW and a 9000rpm redline, the GT3 RS can accelerate to 100km/h in 3.2 seconds, before topping out at 312km/h.

Porsche has today revealed that on April 16, its new 911 GT3 RS lapped the Nürburgring in an astonishing time of just 6:56.4.

It means that the German auto maker now holds the fastest lap time, with the 911 GT2 RS (6m 47s), and the third step on the podium, with arch rival Lamborghini separating the pair of Porsches. It managed an insane time of 6:47.3 last September. It's said, too, that all four laps set by both Estre and Lars Kern were less than seven minutes, so this wasn't a fluke either.

"No other Porsche model gets as close to racing as the new GT3 RS".

Andreas Preuninger, who heads development of Porsche's GT models, explained, "This proves not only the outstanding power of the GT3 RS but also its extraordinary driveability at the limit". "The sound is a dream and the torque is massive". Four lap times were taken from each driver, and all we under the seven-minute mark.

The 513bhp Porsche was using road-legal Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tyres, which owners can choose to have fitted, and was otherwise standard, says Porsche.

"A perfectly composed overall system allows for highly dynamic performance even with a relatively modest engine power". For a driver, each of the car's thousands of parts have to feel like one - that's an unbeatable strength of the GT3 RS. The time makes it one of the world's fastest production cars to blitz one of the world's trickiest, most risky race circuits.

Porsche is in something of a purple patch for setting lap records of late, with the 919 Evo recording a blistering 1:41.77 lap of Spa.

Keep in mind that the 6:47 lap of the Porsche means this is still the holder of the Green Hell production vehicle record, even though there are multiple machines that might grab that title this year.

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