Next Turbo smashes its own Nurburgring lap record

The new 911 Turbo has slashed its predecessor’s Nurburgring lap time by ten seconds, completing a circuit in 7m 39sec.

Despite similar looks the latest 997 has been substantially updated over a two year program.

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The old 3.6-litre engine has been ditched in favour of a more powerful direct-injected 3.8-litre version of Porsche’s classic flat six-cylinder running newly reworked twin variable vane turbochargers.

Power has increased by 20bhp, while the weight has been slashed by 25kg, giving it a power-to-weight ratio of 309bhp/tonne.

Porsche has timed both cars around the infamous ‘Ring and found the improvements knocked 10sec off the outgoing car’s 7m 49sec lap.

Earlier this year the Nissan GT-R bettered its own best time around the Nurburgring.

The GT-R has been mildly fettled since its launch, gaining five extra bhp, a revised dual-clutch gearbox, updated launch control and fettled suspension.

In the hands of Toshio Suzuki, a former Formula One driver, the car lapped the Nordschleife in 7m 27.56sec. Its previous record stood at 7m 29sec.

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14 October 2009

So after 2 years developement, and how many millions? the gap to the GTR has been halved, whilst the car is still twice the price.

14 October 2009

Autocar you know what you need to do, take both cars to the Ring and do a chase video.

14 October 2009

I'll have a Nissan GT-R + Mercedes E250 CDI convertible instead... :-)

14 October 2009

For once I have suspicion over Porsche's claim that the facelifted and updated 911 turbo can lap the Ring 10 seconds quicker than its predecessor. A 5 second improvement, maybe........but 10 seconds?

Power has not increased a great deal and suspensions are largely the same as before. Maybe most of the improvements came from the PDK transmission?

What tyres were they using for the test? Racing slicks with grooves hand-cut into them?

14 October 2009

I'll have a Nissan GT-R + BMW X6 instead... :-)

14 October 2009

[quote blasos1983]I'll have a Nissan GT-R + BMW X6 instead... :-)[/quote]

I've got a GT-R, a Mini Cooper S Convertible and a Disco 3 HSE - together they cost me about the same as a new GT3 RS ;o)

14 October 2009

Didnt you guys report last year that the turbo run a 7:38 at the track?

14 October 2009

[quote jslcarfan]

Didnt you guys report last year that the turbo run a 7:38 at the track?

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thats correct the old 997 Turbo with 480hp laped the Ring in 2008 in 7:38min officle claimed by Porsche during a Porsche GT-R, GT2 and Turbo compare.

Car´s in Action in south africa claimed the new 997 Turbo facelift laped the Ring in 7:27min

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