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Porsche and Nürburgring seem to go hand-in-hand. The ultimate customer race cars and the ultimate test of man and machine. Where many companies have proving grounds to help develop their sports cars and sport sedans, the Germans are blessed with the Nordschleife. Porsche has always said that it races to improve its street cars, and it shows. And taking a new Porsche to the Ring is like a right of passage. Increasingly, though, the Green Hell is being used by many non-German companies to see how their product stands up against the competition. It's actually turned into something of a fad, with companies like GM insisting on letting the world know that everything from Saturns to Cadillacs have had their handling tuned at the famous track. That in no way takes away from the reputation of the track itself, which continues on as a great testbed for new vehicles of a sporting bent.

And when a new Porsche takes to the Ring, it gets some attention. How does it stack up against other Porsches? Other sports cars? Past special Porsches? Race cars even. As our favorite current Porsche, it's nice to see the new 997-based GT3 gets its crack at the track. Piloted by DMAX's D Motor presenter Tim Schrick, you can really get a feel for how well this car has been tuned. The YouTube video of the ride follows the jump. In German with no subtitles, the message still comes through loud and clear. This is one impressive Porsche, and therefore one great sports car.

[Source: YouTube]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      While the flagship 997 would be the 4WD VTG Turbo, however, the GT3 remain the Porsche's most sort after model by die hard Porsche fans and purists alike.
      • 8 Years Ago
      @Rocket Punch:
      It's "sought after". :)

      This is one great vehicle. I must say I'm impressed. I never likes Porsches when I was a kid because of their styling but these modern styles they are getting (while still preserving the classic Porsche look) just makes them look amazing. With every new picture and/or video I see of a new Porsche, I fall deeper and deeper in love with them. ... Boxster excluded, by the way.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Porsche really knows how to make great cars. If they give the Cayman the GT3 treatment, now that'd be a real treat for us Porschephiles.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Whoa, wait a minute. Was that a Salt 'n Pepa remix of Push It? C'mon Deutschland you're better than that.
      • 8 Years Ago
      PUSH IT REAL GOOD! Thats a Sick car, and yet it still seems like something you could live with on the streets.
      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      My 2nd favourite modern Porsche, topped only by the 911 GT1, which I don't see being beaten (by another Porsche anyways) anytime soon.
      • 8 Years Ago
      oh, damn... i seem to be drooling again.

      i actually think its better in german - the way its meant to be...
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Boy was I surprised that the Z06 was just as fast around the track (7:42 for each). This is not to take anything away from the GT3, which is just awesome, but it goes to show how far the Corvette has come in the last 10 years."

      I agree, I have never really liked the Corvette but it seems that they have done it right. It's a fantastic car.
      However, do not forget that it has 500 hp, the gt3 415. Weight is about the same if I´m not mistaken.

      Both great cars.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I was totally digging the hell out of this car, especially how it sounded, so I went to see how fast it went around the ring.

      Boy was I surprised that the Z06 was just as fast around the track (7:42 for each). This is not to take anything away from the GT3, which is just awesome, but it goes to show how far the Corvette has come in the last 10 years.

      I plan on taking my wife to Bavaria this summer, and would love to have the GT3 or the Z06 for my planned laps on the 'Ring, but I guess I'll have to settle for my rental 5-Series. I am sure I'll deal.
      • 8 Years Ago
      All I want to do is hear the engine, that guy driving won't shut the hell up.