• Jul 12th 2009 at 9:59AM
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It's been just over a year since Cadillac captured the title of fastest production four-door car when John Heinricy circulated the Nürburgring's north loop with a CTS-V in under eight minutes. Considering the pace of leap-frogging between the Nissan GT-R, Corvette ZR1 and Viper ACR it's a bit surprising that it took this long for someone to top the super-Caddy. What's not surprising is that it was a Porsche that finally outran the CTS-V.

Now that the four-door Porsche Panamera has been thrust upon the world, it was only a matter of time before one the test drivers from Weissach brought the crown back to the fatherland. The 500-horsepower Panamera Turbo lapped the Nordschleife in 7 minutes, 56 seconds, 3 seconds faster than the Cadillac.

When Heinricy set his 7:59 time last year, it was done in an automatic CTS-V in a single hot lap at the end of a test session. With any luck, we'll see Heinricy or perhaps one of the Corvette C6.R drivers like Johnny O'Connell head back to the Eiffel mountains for another go.

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[Source: TopSpeed]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Yay! It's faster. It's also uglier. I'd easily, without any hesitation, take the CTS-V over this supremely unattractive Porsche. Especially with that sticker price being so high. There comes a point where having the fastest doesn't make it better. This is that point. CTS-V for me, thanks.
      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would take the CTS-V over the Panamera any day. It looks better, has a better looking interior and is a proper muscle car, albeit with four doors. The Panamera is just ugly.

      I think Cadillac can best Porsche's time if they return to the 'Ring.
      • 6 Years Ago
        • 6 Years Ago
        Kind of makes you wonder...if they tightened up the shift times for the SMG, perhaps the Porsche shifts .2 seconds per shift, that could add up to a couple seconds on a lap!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Better weight distribution, AWD, and hard core tires will make big differences in the 'ring. If you look at the track closely, you will notice that the track itself is full irregularities and blind corners. The key for a fast lap in the 'ring is how well the car can absorb bumps and still keep tires on the all four corners all the time. With that many blind corners, only a perfect balanced car can give driver the confidence to dive for the best corner speed; otherwise, any oversteer and understeer expectedly can shatter time trials and cage the car & the driver's ability from perform fully.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Makes a BIG statement doesn't it? When the latest, most expensive, trick Porsche, after one year, can only eeek out 3 seconds on a whole lap! LOL, GM could pull that back in an inkling and Porsche and the world know that. Surprised that Porsche even admit to the time...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Try as I might I cannot see any beauty in this car, and although I am happy to buy an ugly car for practical reasons, if I am paying gazillions I want my motor to be stunning.

      So it may be a bit faster: don't care! It's hideous.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dont forget that the CTS-V got 50 more ponies! Thats a lot on a 8-minute circuit.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is there some compelling reason why the disk brake assembly on the modern Porsche has to be painted bright yellow?

      It shows up noticeably behind the alloy wheels and detracts from the looks of the car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Make it easy on yourself: call them calipers. And yes, black may have looked better...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Red = sport package iron brakes. (usually called "big reds"... as they tend to be used on "S" model porsches...)

        Yellow = Ceramic brakes instead of iron brakes.

        If they are neither, they are probably base-package brakes.
      • 6 Years Ago
      still i have no doubt that the Panamera will sell simply by virtue of the fact that it is a Porsche. stick a (european)designer label on an ugly duckling and enough people will either start seeing the beautiful swan through those rose colored designer glasses, or will look past the appearance and focus on the lineage and the estate of daddy Porsche. it worked for the Cayenne SUV, despite the fact that all the hard core "real Porsche" fans were up in arms that their beloved sports car manufacturer dared to make an SUV. and yes i'm saying that even among SUVs, that the Cayenne is in fact an ugly duckling. Porsche sports car design cues simply don't make for a good looking SUV, not in the least. they make for nice looking sports cars like the 911 and Cayman
      • 6 Years Ago
      you also have to remember that he time the CTS-V put up was done at hte end os some session with only one hot lap
      i bet the CTS-V if driven for a few days adn with multiple hot laps the time will be under the Porsche

      bus as I said Porsche will do the same thing as they did with the GT-R. Get thier own driver out there that can't handle a RWD car and claim Caddy cheated and say the best time they got was a 8:20

      maybe they'd wise up this time and just accept it, but I doubt it
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's also twice as expensive. The CTS-V still floats my boat.
      • 6 Years Ago
      3 seconds will be too easy for the CTS-V to beat.
      Cadillac wasn't even trying hard when they achieved 8 sec time.
      Wait until they get mad after all the publicity the Porsche will get for a measly 3 seconds.
      I wouldn't even post that 3 second advantage, it's just a waste of time. And embarrassing, I might add.
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