Video: 2018 911 GT2 RS sets new Nürburgring speed record

September 27th, 2017 by

There’s a new King of the ‘Ring.

Porsche’s latest supercar, the 2018 911 GT2 RS, has lapped the “Green Hell,” the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, in time of only 6:47.3.

That’s not only the new world record for production cars, it was accomplished with rear-wheel drive. And Porsche didn’t just trim a couple milliseconds off the previous record. It beat it by about five seconds. The previous record of 6:52.01 set by an all-wheel-drive Lamborghini Huracán Performante in 2016. The fastest time for a rear-wheel-drive car was the 7:01.3 set by a Dodge Viper ACR at the beginning of September. The new record is even 9.7 seconds faster than Porsche’s own 918 Spyder hypercar, which not only has a lot more horsepower but a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system, too. Reportedly, even Porsche was surprised by the result.

Porsche unveiled the newest GT2 RS in June at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. With a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged flat-6 engine generating 700 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, it’s the most powerful 911 ever sold, and now it’s the fastest too: 0-60 mph in 2.7 seconds, top speed 211 mph. The average speed around the 12.8-mile record lap was 114.4 mph.

The price tag for a 2018 911 GT2 RS is a piddling $294,250. We know, you’re reaching for your wallet, but you can put it back in your pocket. Porsche is building just 1,000 of the GT2 RS 911s, and they’re all sold out.

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