Porsche has announced that the new 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 recently lapped the Nürburgring with a lap time of 7 minutes, 12.7 seconds – beating the time set by the previous model by 12.3 seconds.
Compared to the old 911 GT3, the updated model now generates 25 more horsepower from its 4.0L flat-six engine for a total 500 hp and 338 lb-ft. It will reach 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds when equipped with the seven-speed PDK and has a top speed of 197 mph.
The 911 GT3 driven by Porsche test driver Lars Kern featured rear-axle steering, the seven-speed PDK and Michelin Sport Cup 2 N1 tires.
“By achieving this time, we have emphatically proven that the new 911 GT3 not only provides the best driving experience, but can also deliver an impressive performance on the Nordschleife. The focus was on optimising the driving quality and adapting to the slight increase in engine power”, says a delighted Frank-Steffen Walliser, Vice President Motorsport and GT cars at Porsche. “A few years ago, lap times like this could only ever be achieved by thoroughbred racing cars with slick tyres”, adds Andreas Preuninger, Director GT Product Line. “The new GT3 can now achieve this with comparatively modest power, but is still fully suited to everyday use.”