By   April 24, 2018

Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Porsche 911 GT3 RS

6:57, I remember reading that time with my jaw to the floor. The under seven minute lap time of the Nürburgring was recorded by the Porsche 918 Spyder. Back in 2013 it seemed like that production car record would stand forever (with only the McLaren P1 getting close to it).

But just a few years later and that time is no longer indestructible. Back in 2013 it took nearly 900 horsepower to provide that lap time, but it was just bested by the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS with a comparatively low 520 horsepower.

So, is the Porsche 918 Spyder still insanely fast?

Of course the answer is yes, but it is no longer the production car king of the ring. That title now belongs to another Porsche, the new 911 GT2 RS which lapped the Nürburgring in just 6:47.3. I’ll give you a bit of time to think about how the 700 horsepower supercar that starts at the small amount of $293,200, at least compared to the nearly $1 million of the 918 Spyder, is so much faster around the track.

The insanely fast Lamborghini Huracan Performante is the next fasted high performance car to lap the famed track. It took on the “Green Hell” in just 6:52.01. So, that makes three supercar that are faster around the difficult circuit than the hybrid hypercar.

The Porsche 911 GT3 RS can lap the Nürburgring in just 6:56.4. The 520 horsepower rear engined high performance machine is nearly a second faster than the 918. To say that the GT3 RS is a racecar for the street is an understatement. Add in that the Porsche 911 GT3 RS starts at a comparatively low, $187,500 and you have a supercar bargain.

Of course all of these cars are insanely fast (and expensive), but now a car that can lap the Nürburgring in under 7 minutes is much more attainable.

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  • JP

    The 918 Spyder is still fast, just other cars are getting closer. So, in another 20 years a car I can afford might be just as fast.