The Porsche 911 is dead, long live the Porsche 911. The German automaker's latest and greatest has taken to the Nürburgring where old marks have fallen hard. The 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S was sent through the Green Hell, where it promptly beat the time achieved by the prior 997 version by a whopping 13 seconds.

With a time of 7:40, the 2012 911 matches the mark set by the previous 911 GT3. If you happen to own a previous generation 911 GT3, we'll pause here for a moment while you go out to smash something with a hammer.

Back? Great. You shouldn't fret too much, because this just means the next-generation GT3 should be a land rocket capable of blistering the surface of the 'Ring. GT2 guys, your numbers are still safe... for now.


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      aaeas
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Right kind of evolution.
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Damn quick. Can't wait to read the first reviews on the car. Sounds like a beast. With added. Comfort to boot. There is no substitute.
      Surya De
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would really like to call Porsche's designers the laziest and how it looks like a VW Bug and what not but hats off to them...this trend of continually tweaking and improving is just awesome.
      thedriveatfive
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is the sexiest car ever.
      You guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      The 991 version of the GT3 will be mind boggling. I'm guessing they use the 4.0L block. The GT2 will be beating down the door of the Veyron for acceleration to 60.
        sparrk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @You guy
        The current 4.0L block is the last Mezger engine, they won't use that engine anymore, it's the engine from the LeMans winning 911 GT1 in 1998. A great engine but it's not competitive anymore, they will use a new direct injection engine for the GT3 and its race versions, probably a 4.0L displacement like the race version.
      Matthew Simmons
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm not really a big Porsche guy but damn this car looks good!
      Don_Afrim
      • 3 Years Ago
      7:40? isn't that slow...? the 80k GTR does it in 7.24!!!! that's a whopping 16 seconds faster for half the price!!! who would be that stupid to pay that much for such a slow car?? every hill billy with a GTR will smoke you on the street and laugh at you while passing by.
      Jonathan Arena
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sounds to me like Porsche is playing the Japanese game now... slicks/track prepping their so called "street" cars. There is no way in hell a 15hp bump and a slightly longer chassis takes 13 seconds off the lap time. I really wish there was a standardized test for the nurburgring.
        Alex
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Arena
        No, but a 15hp bum, 40kg less weight, an tighter chassis and in general a car with less body roll and probably better downforce+aero will
          Jonathan Arena
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Alex
          Why would it have less body roll? Dynamic Chasis control? Drag coefficient is the same, and the only 911's that make downforce are the GT cars. Also, the wieght is the same- that 40kg you're talking about is a reduction in unibody weight, which is mostly offset by a whole host of new interior and drivetrain gadgest (such as PDCC)
          Alex
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Alex
          *bump
        sparrk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Arena
        @ Jonathan Arena , you don't know Porsche. if anything their time is underrated, they post a realistic time that anyone can achieve if they know how to drive, but no one has ever come close to Nissan's posted times in a stock GT-R. HP isn't everything , the new car is longer, lower, wider, lighter has a better power band, better weight distribution, better steering and the most important part, it now has Torque Vectoring, only the 911 turbo had that before.
          Jonathan Arena
          • 3 Years Ago
          @sparrk
          Thats great. Keep watching those videos, and I'll continue to add to the hundreds of Porsches I have driven over the past few years, in almost every driving scenario possible. Only thing I haven't done is raced them. (one day...)
          sparrk
          • 3 Years Ago
          @sparrk
          i have only driven a few Porsches and i have a 996.2 Carrera , but i plan to get a 991 in a year or two.
          sparrk
          • 3 Years Ago
          @sparrk
          The car is lighter , it has a wider front track , it's more stable. the engine is improved , it revs higher. The torque vectoring does help , especially in the rear heavy 911. Also i forgot to mention that the chassis is now stiffer and they have bigger wheels with better tires. some of this is from an interview on a German TV show , the rest is from here : http://www.insideline.com/porsche/911/2012/first-ride-2012-porsche-911.html#comments_sort_form1
          tkosoccer03
          • 3 Years Ago
          @sparrk
          dont underestimate the new tranny either... that will shave a few seconds by itself.
        AnthonyL
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Arena
        can you blame them?
        Hazdaz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Arena
        As usual the nuances of something like a Nürburgring run are lost on someone that only blindly looks at HP numbers. I bet that you also think that if Car A has more power than Car B, it automatically makes it faster and "better" too, right? :rolleyes: Maybe you should go do your magazine-racing elsewhere.
      Ak74
      • 3 Years Ago
      Beautiful car? Not really. They need to do something about their design. They gotta move on.
      fak646
      • 3 Years Ago
      No video proof, just a useless Manufacturer claim.
        mrpinto
        • 3 Years Ago
        @fak646
        If this were a fly-by-night manufacturer, maybe. But have you ever known Porsche to cook the books when reporting numbers? They have a pretty good reputation for quoting stats that real 3rd parties can duplicate. Unlike, say, the GTR...
      lewazzinaroillus
      • 3 Years Ago
      having owned now 13 911's over the course of many years,...we can vouch for the superb steering and handling feel of that engine configuration,...it does actually become quite addictive,...and you miss that unique 911 "feel" when you drive other cars,...that being said,...i find the turbo to be the "numbest" in steering feel, due to it's awd,...blisteringly fast in a straight line, but it lacks the sublime handling and steering feel of all our other rear wheel drive 911's,...and i love the fact that porsche still gives us "spirited" drivers,ie., those of us who actually like to drive our cars,...a manual tranny still,...now 7 speed,...thank you for not forgetting us manny tranny folks,...that's why the nissan gtr is a no-go for me,...i want to do some of the work to drive the thing,...anyone can point that thing and shoot,...yes, it's very fast,...but it does everything for you!,...that's just no fun to me,...so i'll stick with my porsches thank you...
      lpattis
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd like a C4S, please...
        • 3 Years Ago
        @lpattis
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