Is There A New King Of The ’Ring?
Rumor has it that a certain Porsche went under seven minutes at the Nürburgringby Kirby Garlitos, on
When you’re a car that holds the distinction of being the most powerful Porsche 911 ever built, there is an inherent pressure that comes with trying to live up to the claim. The new 911 GT2 RS knows this all too well because it is the most powerful 911 ever created. It has 690 horsepower on tap. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds. And it has a top speed that can break 200 mph. All these numbers are rightfully impressive, but how do they help justify the GT2 RS’ billing? Bring it to the Nürburgring.
A fresh report from Bridge to Gantry confirmed the 911 GT2 RS did put in a few laps around the track recently. More importantly, though, the same source is reporting that the most powerful 911 actually did more than just go a few laps around the famous race track; it actually posted a sub-seven-minute lap time around the Nordschleife. Granted, there’s no confirmation from Porsche or any other source that the 911 GT2 RS actually did this, but Bridge to Gantry believes that the sports car accomplished this, even going so far as to show two separate photos of the car on the same turn (Turn 13) with less than seven minutes between them, as shown by timestamps on both photos. So did the Porsche 911 GT2 RS really blitz the Nordschleife in scintillating fashion, or is there more to these claims than meets the eye? The evidence does look circumstantial at best, but still, I wouldn’t put it past the 911 GT2 RS to do it. After all, it is the same model that hit 209 mph at the ‘Ring last July.
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Let’s see the run already
I cop to being a bit of a snob to the Nürburgring production car lap record, but I will admit that I’m looking forward to seeing the Porsche 911 GT2 RS hit the Nordschleife to do its official lap time. Part of my interest is because I just want the lap time to be over and done with so we can stop speculating on whether it can or can’t do it. But another part of me is legitimately intrigued about the prospect of seeing the sports car try to wrestle the record away from the Lamborghini Huracán Performante.
If the 911 GT2 RS is capable of posting a sub-seven-minute lap time, it would become just the fourth production car to ever do it
If the 911 GT2 RS is capable of posting a sub-seven-minute lap time, it would become just the fourth production car to ever do it, joining the Huracán Performante, the Porsche 918 Spyder, and the Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce. Even if it does do less than seven minutes easily, it’ll still have to go at least eight seconds ahead of that time to beat the Huracán Performante. That’s no small feat even for a car that’s as vaunted as the Porsche.
That said, I still want to see it, largely because everyone seems to think that the GT2 RS can do it. The car showed it had the pace to tackle the ‘Ring when no less than Mark Webber confirmed that the 911 hit 209 mph at the race track. For some context, the Lamborghini Aventador SV – the same car that posted a lap time of 6:59.73 – topped out at 202 mph while the reigning record-holder, the Huracán Performante, only reached 189 mph on the back straight of the Nordschleife.
There are tests and numbers that point to the 911 GT2 RS’ chances of staking its claim as the new King of the Nürburgring. These photos from Bridge to Gantry add even more fuel to that fire to the point that the only thing that really needs to be down is to unleash the 911 GT2 RS and see what lap time it can really pull out.
The time for talking and gossiping is over. It’s time, Porsche. Bring the car to the ‘Ring and see if it can deliver.
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Source: Bridge to Gantry