Porsche debuted the 911 GT3 RS, its most powerful naturally aspirated car ever, at the Geneva auto show in March. And already, the track beast has set a lap time of 6:56.4 on the N rburgring Nordschleife.
The GT3 RS is one of only three production sports cars from Porsche to lap the 'Ring in under seven minutes. The 918 Spyder recorded a time of 6:57 back in 2013, and the 911 GT2 RS became the quickest production car to hit the N rburgring by achieving a time of 6:47.03 last year.
Porsche works race driver K vin Estre piloted the GT3 RS to its impressive new lap time. The car came in 24 seconds quicker around the 'Ring than its predecessor.
Packing a 4.0-liter flat-six, the GT3 RS makes 520 hp and 346 lb-ft of torque. It's paired exclusively to a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic, and according to Porsche, can hit 60 mph in just 3.0 seconds. Top speed is 193 mph.
The GT3 RS borrows its aero and lightweighting technologies from the standard GT3 while also tacking on a magnesium roof and carbon-fiber front lid and fenders. From the GT2 RS, it takes the larger front spoiler for additional downforce and NACA ducts in the frunk lid that aid with brake cooling. During the recent run, the GT3 RS was equipped with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires, which will be available for order at Porsche Centers and selected dealers and tire fitters. The sports car arrives in the U.S. this fall with a starting price of $188,550.
Watch the video below to see the 911 GT3 RS conquer the N rburgring.