Porsche 911 GT3 RS laps Nurburgring in 6:56

Porsche 911 GT3 RS laps Nurburgring in 6:56

Yolanda Curtis
April 20, 2018

With racing driver Kévin Estre - who competes for Porsche in the World Endurance Championship - behind the wheel, the latest hardcore 911 managed to complete a lap of the 12.9-mile Nürburgring Nordschleife in 6:56.4. "This proves not only the outstanding power of the GT3 RS, but also its extraordinary drivability at the limit", said Andreas Preuninger, Porsche Director for the GT Model Line. The new 911 GT3 RS now joins the 918 Spyder and 911 GT2 RS as the third production Porsche with a notarized lap time of under 7 seconds at the Nordschleife. Many innovative ideas from top-level motorsport were transferred; for example, from the 911 GT3 R. For the hot lap, the auto was driven by Porsche works driver, Frenchman Kévin Estre.

The lap was recorded on April 16 under what the brand is describing as
The lap was recorded on April 16 under what the brand is describing as"ideal conditions

The GT3 RS is on sale in Australia from $416,500, with deliveries scheduled to begin in the final quarter of this year. Through the fast corners and on the brakes in particular, the GT3 RS is unbelievably close to our racing auto - the GT3 R.

Back in 2013, the €600,000 hybrid hypercar set a lap time of 6 minutes 57 seconds, which now makes it slower (albeit by a tiny margin) than the €200,000 sports vehicle. "The sound is a dream". A second driver, Lars Kern, was only tenths of a second slower which Porsche GT line director Andreas Preuninger says shows how driveable the auto is at the limit.

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. 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 Lamborghini has four-wheel drive, and as Porsche points out the GT3 RS is 24 seconds faster than the previous generation model.

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