2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Laps Nurburgring In 6:56.4 Minutes

Earlier this week, it was reported that the new Porsche 991.2 GT3 RS had lapped the Nurburgring Nordschleife in under 7 minutes. Now, we have official conformation as well as the video to prove it.

The 6:56.4 minute time was set by Porsche works driver Kevin Estre, who shared the wheel with development driver Lars Kern. 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.

“No other Porsche model gets as close to racing as the new GT3 RS. Many innovative ideas from top-level motorsport were transferred; for example, from the 911 GT3 R. This is what our philosophy for GT models is about: Highest technology must be fascinating but tangible. In this regard there is no harder test for our ideas than the Nordschleife,” stated Porsche’s VP of motorsport and GT cars, Frank Steffen Walliser.

Estre started his record lap at 11:40 AM in ideal driving conditions, with a 14-degree Celsius ambient and 18-degree Celsius track temperature.

“The lap was a sensational experience for me,” said the 29-year old driver. “Through the fast corners and on the brakes in particular, the GT3 RS is unbelievably close to our racing car GT3 R. This is also thanks to the new generation of tires for road going sports cars. I like the engine of the GT3 RS a lot. Up to 9,000 revs per minute from a six-cylinder engine just feels fantastic. The sound is a dream and the torque is massive.”

A true race car for the road

In order to perform at its best, the 991.2 GT3 RS used the latest generation of Michelin Pilot Sport tires, the Cup 2 R – optimized especially for track day use and fully compliant with EU and U.S. law.

As for performance figures, the car’s available 520 PS (512 HP) allow for a 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 312 km/h (193 mph). Prices start at 195,137 euros ($240,000) in Germany, including VAT.

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  • RDS Alphard

    Slower than Lamborghini, mehh

    • Honda NSX-R

      It also has four less cylinders

    • SteersUright

      Cant one admit that both are amazing sports cars and highly desirable? I certainly love both.

  • Vassilis

    Damn that’s impressive.

  • While it is impressive, especially since this is RWD N/A sportscar. I still think Nurburgring laptime is pointless.

  • GobbleUp

    So it costs more, looks boy racer lame and is a while 24 seconds faster.

    • SteersUright

      The only demerit I must agree with, the graphics and detailing are definitely garish and too loud. They also simply just aren’t in good taste, too many colors and details clash rather than flow, much unlike RS models of the past.

  • Bill Knapp

    C’mon, you gotta take a moment to proof your work before hitting “send.” You made up the word “conformation” and said cars are lapping the Ring in under 7 seconds.

  • Sukhoi31m3

    Nice run even if they did use the curbs quite a bit. The track may be old, with new, challenging tracks vying to take her relevanance, but the old saying of “if a car can master the ‘Ring it’ll do very well anywhere” still is true.

  • Six_Tymes

    2020

  • Six_Tymes

    so very impressive

  • Honda NSX-R

    Honestly I’d rather have the GT3 RS than the GT2 RS. It’s N/A and it rev ups to 9000 rpm, pure bliss. It looks almost as good as its turbocharged sibling as well. Its impressive laptime of just under 7 minutes is a bonus.

  • Blue Gum

    Congrats?

  • SteersUright

    Addictive video to watch. Feels like a particularly good session of Gran Turismo. A couple things really stand out to me, the throttle response and big 6 cylinders willings to fly through the rev range is just so race-car like. I can only imagine if I owned this thing I’d constantly be downshift and upshifting and peak rpm to hear that engine sing its lungs out.

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