Porsche 911 GT3 RS laps Nurburgring in 6:56.4

Alonzo Simpson
April 20, 2018

"Through the fast corners and on the brakes, in particular, the GT3 RS is unbelievably close to our racing auto GT3 R", said factory racecar driver Kévin Estre, who set the blistering time.

Driven by French endurance driver Kévin Estre, his time was 24 seconds faster than the previous version of the GT3 RS - with Porsche test driver Lars Kern, who also drove the vehicle during the session, only a tenth slower than Estre.

"No other Porsche model gets as close to racing as the new GT3 RS", said Frank Steffen Walliser, Porsche's exec in charge with GT cars. Throw in the Weissach Package with its optional magnesium wheels, and the latest 911 GT3 RS is a real track gem.

Priced from £141,346, the GT3 RS is powered by a naturally-aspirated 4.0-litre, straight-six engine that develops 513bhp, allowing the 0-60mph sprint to be completed in three seconds flat.

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The 911 had four attempts of breaking the previous set time, all of which were clocked at under seven minutes and only tenths of a second apart.

It also marks a happy Nurburgring trifecta for the German brand, with the the GT3 RS the third Porsche to break the seven-minute barrier at the infamous race track. The magnificent engine will rev to a staggering 9,000 RPM, but you can't row your own gears - the 7-speed Porsche- Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) dual-clutch transmission is your sole choice. "This is also thanks to the new generation of tyres for road going sports cars". 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. This is one of the quickest times for a production auto. It's paired exclusively to a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic, and according to Porsche, can hit 60 miles per hour in just 3.0 seconds.

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