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    997.2 Turbo laps Nurburgring - 7m 39sec

    http://www.autocar.co.uk/News/NewsArticle.ASpx?AR=243973

    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.

    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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    Re: 997.2 Turbo laps Nurburgring - 7m 39sec

    It is good that the article mentions both lap times (997TT Mk2 and GTR). This highlights how useless these factory claims are. In case of the GTR the factory claims have been proven misleading by magazine tests and owner reports.The Porsche claim is not too valuable either - unless we see some independant verification. I look forward to the Supertest.

    If I compare the old "inofficial" Porsche claims and this new one I would expect a Supertest time of slightly below 7.45...


    Re: 997.2 Turbo laps Nurburgring - 7m 39sec

    I remember Wolfgang Dürheimer saying in an interview that a new Turbo model should at least be 7 seconds faster than the previous one on the Nürb. That was right when the 997 Turbo was launched.
     

    Considering that statement, 10 seconds is pretty amazing, especially for "just" a facelift.


    Re: 997.2 Turbo laps Nurburgring - 7m 39sec

    Maybe in SportAuto november issue?


    Re: 997.2 Turbo laps Nurburgring - 7m 39sec

    Enzo II:

    Maybe in SportAuto november issue?

    11/2009 the Supertest will be Panamera Turbo


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    Re: 997.2 Turbo laps Nurburgring - 7m 39sec

    What tire did it use ?Cup or PS2?


    Re: 997.2 Turbo laps Nurburgring - 7m 39sec

    Didn't Porsche claim a time of 7:38 for the previous Turbo when they tested it back to back with the GT-R ?


    Re: 997.2 Turbo laps Nurburgring - 7m 39sec

    reginos:
    Enzo II:

    Maybe in SportAuto november issue?

    11/2009 the Supertest will be Panamera Turbo

    And...below 8 minutes? Smiley


     
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