• Oct 28, 2009
2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RS - click above image for hi-res gallery

Another day, another Nurburgring time report! These posts are fun for a wide variety of reasons, not the last of which is the outpouring of love and understanding showered upon me whenever I link to my pal Jack's fascinating article on what 'Ring records really mean (hint: not much). Still, what is good about Nordschleife times (and the reason why we report on them) is that it gives you a good general idea of how a car performs under the most adverse and challenging conditions possible (barring weather). Green Hell, it's said, is a bitch.

And the Porsche 911 GT3 RS (you know – the funny looking one with the pink lipstick) just lapped it in seven minutes and thirty-three seconds. Very impressive. That's almost a full minutes faster than a Chevy Cobalt SS. Er, it's almost nearly as fast as Godzilla, which can get around the Nurburgring's north track in 7:27. What's most impressive about the GT3 RS's time is the absence of forced induction and AWD. Remember, there's a 3.8-liter flat-six out back producing 450 horsepower and the car weighs very little – especially when compared to the porcine GT-R.

No word on if the record was set with PASM on or off, though we imagine off. Also, and this is going to be of special note to you Porsche fanboys, when the nameless Porsche test engineer ran the 7:33, he did it in light traffic. Meaning that Porsche feels the theoretical best for the GT3 RS is right around 7:30, whatever that means.




[Source: EVO]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      nice lipstick
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is the RS an actual production car or a one off? Saw a non-RS GT3 the other day, the guy was having problems with the clutch, but before it blew, the engine note was very nice.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's an actual production model, albeit with limited numbers. Not a big fan of the new livery, gimme a Viper Green one anyday!
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Braden: Glad you're allright! Thanks for your comment, it must have been fun to drive one of these around the track.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @braden
        Glad you made it out all right! Thanks for sharing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actual production. I have driven the previous version (2007 or 08 I believe) at Nelson Ledges. My first time in a rear-engine RWD car on a track...

        I got it around 3-4 times and was steadily increasing speed, got up to nearly 130 going through "the kink" and like a moron, I lifted throttle (completely forgot about weight transfer and downforce and the car I was in).

        720 degrees of spin later I was in the grass, thankfully zero damage to the car other than flatspotting the tires. I just about crapped my pants until I realized I wasn't going to hit anything.

        I had PASM *on*. I was in sport mode for the sharper throttle response, but I did not turn off traction control, and it still allowed my dumb arse to spin. This gives you an idea of how NON-interventionist the PASM is on a track whore Porsche.

        Wasn't my car, leased by one of the CEOs of our company, and we were at a private rental day @ Nelson. Thankfully I still have my job and he wouldn't even let me pay for new tires (which is good because they are expensive, and he's worth probably 50 times what I am).

        For the 5-10 minutes I was in that car, it was ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT. The engine note is sex, the seats are uber supportive, and the gearbox is sublime. Alcantara on the shift knob (and wheel) is a great touch. The throws are short, very notchy and incredibly positive and confidence inspiring. Pedal layout is pretty good too, although it's the same as any other 997 (I've had a bit more non-track experience in a 997 Targa4S so I could already heel-toe the car when I got in it).
      • 5 Years Ago
      The GT3 RS has Pilot Sport Cup tires, which for the record, is a DOT competition tire.
      Both Godzilla and ZR-1 would beat this down if they were wearing the same shoes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll take this over a ricebucket-GTR any day
        • 5 Years Ago
        What does ricebucket even mean?

        It has no coffee can exhaust, tint, stickers, and frankly this GT3 RS has more overblown wing and paint action going on.
        • 5 Years Ago
        the castration of the 987 is perhaps the greatest current automotive travisty. oh that porsche would drop the GT3's engine in there. It'd probably trump the R8 V10 (well and every 911 whoops).
      • 5 Years Ago
      "That's almost a full minutes faster than a Chevy Cobalt SS." Whu?

      So what was the Cobalt's time?
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Megane was not run on slicks, but on r-rated tyres.
        • 5 Years Ago
        8:22.85

        It held the FWD record until the Renault Megane RS R26.R came in with a 8:16.90 using slicks(according to Wikipedia).

        Prior to the Cobalt SS, the record was held (for about 2.5yrs) by the Opel Astra OPC which is very similar to the Cobalt SS though the Cobalt has more power and a better designed suspension. The Opel had a time of 8:35, showing how much quicker the Cobalt really is.
      • 5 Years Ago
      idk why anyone thinks that the GTR can't make that lap time. GTR's have always been about fast as hell lap times.

      hell the previous gen R34 gtr could keep up with a 996 turbo and it was down 100hp and even more in the torque department.

      it's really not that surprising. nissan made a car designed to go around a track very fast, then they added creature comforts.

      im really happy porsche's stepped up their game. i really wanna see this video.
        • 5 Years Ago
        no one believes Nissan times because on independent tests no one came close to Nissan's claimed time on the 'Ring and on other tracks the GT-R is slower than cars it's supposed to beat on the 'Ring.
        • 5 Years Ago
        of course no one is going to beat the test driver times.
        the test drivers specialize in one make of car. so mag's aren't going to come close.

        they also dont want to wreck the cars they are testing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ZH,

        yes, it is not the independent tester vs. manufacturer that you watch to line up identically, its one car against another under similar testing methods.

        ZR1 (Chevy): 7:26
        GT-R (Nissan): 7:26

        ZR1 (Sport Auto) 7:38
        GT-R (Sport Auto) 7:38

        And that's just the 'Ring. On other tracks they perform very similar as well. Especially the 2010 GT-R on Dunlops.

        With same driver they perform same. With best (most familiar) driver they perform same.

      • 5 Years Ago
      hell yeah i love Nürburgringtimes because its the meaning of life.

      *sniffs glue*
      • 5 Years Ago
      With all the legitimately interesting stories coming out today, why not save the "poo poo" stirring for a slower day Johhny?
      • 5 Years Ago
      it doesn't make any sense that that would lap the 'ring slower than a stock gtr.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The gt3 rs is "stock" as well. But you are apparently to ignorant to have a good debate with so I'm just going to say you should spend more time reading before you comment :D

        uh...why don't you read my comment before you comment? i realize the gt3 rs is stock. i just don't believe that such a track specific car would lose to a portly, stock nissan gtr.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The gt3 rs is "stock" as well. But you are apparently to ignorant to have a good debate with so I'm just going to say you should spend more time reading before you comment :D
        • 5 Years Ago
        OH LET'S START THIS
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Cocoa Deluxe - The GT-R is a game changer, never has something so heavy and large, with so 'little' power managed to do what that car has. It's a technological marvel. The GT3 RS is the complete opposite, the antithesis to a heavy, computer assisted monster. Just as any DSG car will outperform a manual of the same model, so too will something this advanced manage to keep making all the conventional cars sweat.
      • 5 Years Ago
      With all the legitimately interesting stories coming out today, why not save the shit stirring for a slower day Johhny?
      • 5 Years Ago
      is it me or has a manufacturer reporting a new Nürburgring time lost its luster. I blame it on all the numerous times posted by Nissan for the GTR.
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