Porsche released a video of its 911 Carrera S lapping the Nürburgring last month, and with a time of 7:37.9, the quintessential sports coupe continues to impress. With Timo Kluck behind the wheel, this Carrera S posted better times around the 'Ring than the 997 911 Turbo and, according to PorscheBoost, it even knocked a full two seconds off the time the Carrera S recorded last year.

The run took place on August 28, but Porsche only published the video this week. After checking recorded lap times posted on Wikipedia, the 911's run was faster than independent tests of the Lexus LFA, Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, Nissan GT-R and Ferrari 458 Italia (which all posted times of 7:38). That's good company if you ask us.

Scroll down to watch Kluck and the 911 tackle the Nordschleife.


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      bonehead
      • 2 Years Ago
      im not sure that comparing a porsche sponsored lap to the lap times of independent tests is apples to apples. Nissan sponsored GTR lap time is 7:21 so obviously the manufacturers either fudge what is going on or have far superior drivers (or both). But still that is an awesome time for the 911
      Aleem
      • 2 Years Ago
      Porsche makes such awesome performing, high quality products....many of which you can use everyday and use in just about any type of weather condition. I think their interiors surpass Ferrari as far as quality in material goes.
      TrueDat
      • 2 Years Ago
      God, I can't wait to see what the Turbo will do. Hopefully that car brings at least 530 hp... 550 would be ideal.
      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let's be real. A $100k 911S is not going to beat a $100k GTR, ZR1, or Viper for ultimate laptimes, rocketsled acceleration, and pavement tearing grip. But that is a damn fine lap for "only" 400hp and true luxury car credentials as well. It's the perfect GT car, aside from not having much space behind the seats. Very fast, very sophisticated, precise, enjoyable, tossable, lightweight, dampers done by the Gods, an interior of the finest materials with a logical layout, and comfy enough to leave the M5 at home and drive to work in it instead. I'd say that if you refrain from burdening it with $30,000 in options, it's a pretty good deal in its own right. And it's a Porsche. Even if it "only" costs $100k, people will respect it as they would a multimillionaire's much flashier and twice as expensive Ferrari. The GTR, Viper, Vette still faintly give off the aroma of "for the money", that they are "good value" and you should be prepared to overlook some things and focus only on the performance, not the panache. Although the new Viper, that's going to shake that notion up quite a bit, interior quality has evolved from caveman to classy-sporty.
        Rr778
        • 2 Years Ago
        @k_m94
        Well said
        lewazzinaroillus
        • 2 Years Ago
        @k_m94
        totally agree with Rr778,..very well stated,..and yes,..this DOES explain why,...even at less horsepower,..and not as fast as the nissan gtr,..these 911's EASILY outsell them every time,...the nissan,..while a very fast point and shoot car,..just can't match the panach of a porsche,..hence,..VERY VERY few willing to part with 100k to buy a nissan,...sad,..but very true!,...the 911 now sells upwards of 800-900 a month, versus 100 a month for the gtr,..and the gtr is much faster!,..folks just didn't take a likin' to a supercar that pretty much does everything for you,...[sadly again,..the 911 is going down that same route now,..WAY too automated, unless you get it in a stick,..for this old-schoolers likin' now!]
      A Danforth Wilkins
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder what the 4S will do. Can't wait for the GTS variants. I don't need no stinkin' turbos :)
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @A Danforth Wilkins
        Ah, the GTS would be pretty sweet.
      ClementZ
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hated how the instrumentation seemed to be 5 seconds behind what was actually happening... And wow.... Here I thought the 911 has gotten soft.
      trzjax
      • 2 Years Ago
      Actually 458 did it in 7:32.92 per Wikipedia.
        ratpack
        • 2 Years Ago
        @trzjax
        both times are correct, one was recorded by Auto Bild and other by sport auto magazine
      Miami996
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can not wait for the GT3 variant to be tested.
      Bruce Lee
      • 2 Years Ago
      What tires were they using for this run?
        Michael Harley
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bruce Lee
        I took a lap of the 'Ring in the identical car and setup a couple weeks ago. Tires were showroom stock. Car was fitted with PDK, Sport Chrono, Sport Exhaust, Sport seats, etc... - Mike
      Rr778
      • 2 Years Ago
      Okay so a Porsche will never handle as well as a vette or a viper, and they don't have to top speed of a mustang or the acceleration of a Camaro. And the flat 6 sounds awful, only thing worse is the I6 from a jeep or BMW. But they are cheaper than an M6 and have more luxurious interiors. And the 911 is a dream to commute to work in and that's where the car really shines. At its core the 911 isn't some lightweight high revver designed for sporty driving, It's a solid built, okay overweight, dream to take to the office every morning.
        quackmanquackman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rr778
        Are you ever planning to back up your claim in http://www.autoblog.com/2012/10/05/next-m3-may-be-lighter-than-expected-with-lots-more-torque/ that "Caddy sells more cts-v than BMW sells of all m cars combined.( several times more actually)" , despite already providing figures that suggest you're mistaken?
        Miami996
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rr778
        All I can say is WTF are you talking about? You are making yourself sound so ignorant by spewing BS on topics you obviously know nothing about.
        chirobliss
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rr778
        "Never handle as well as a Viper..." You've apparently never driven a Viper... or a Porsche. And "they don't have the top speed of a Mustang"... I've driven a Porsche at 275kmh and I wasn't anxious at all. In a Mustang or Camaro at anywhere near that speed would have a twitch in the body and a noticeable tremor in the hood itself that will make you wonder if the darn thing is about to unlatch and flip up in your face.
          Bandit5317
          • 2 Years Ago
          @chirobliss
          @chirobliss: The poster above you is indeed wrong, but I've taken a 2010 V6 Camaro up to 150 mph and it's totally stable. From what I've heard, the same applies to the Mustang. Just look at the top speed runs for the new GT500.
          Rr778
          • 2 Years Ago
          @chirobliss
          You miss the point that it is truly wonderful to commute in a driver focused car like the 911. It doesn't matter that a vette or gtr handle better. The daily experience that a commuter feels is what makes a Porsche a Porsche. It's not about lap times. People looking for value or an engineering marvel will never buy German anyways.
      Mercer
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just have a feeling that 911 has gotten too big and its engine has gotten too far inside the wheelbase. Is it just me or 911 should be small, nimble, real rear engine-rear drive, and occasionally try to kill you if you don't know what you are doing?
        fast156GTA
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mercer
        A 1963 911 is just that, a noisy and light dangerously crude little GT sports car with just 110 - 160 BHP doing a 125 mph barely. The new Carrera S can achieve a top-speed of 180 mph and is so much more composed there is a world of difference. They are light years apart from each other. This car has grown and evolved during decades to the sophisticated high performance machine it is today. Now a 400 BHP Carrera S model in stead of 160 BHP, around 1400 kg instead of around 1100 kg. 3,8 liters water-cooled engine instead of a 2 liter air-cooled one. And so on, to compare the old with the new is stupid because they have nothing in common and only bare the same number: 911.
          k_m94
          • 2 Years Ago
          @fast156GTA
          If you were to drape a fitted car cover over either, they would have the same silhouette. And both are still rear engine, rwd boxer 6 engines.
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