According to the German automaker, its upcoming new iteration of the 911 series, the 2017 Carrera GTS, has managed a great time on the Nordschleife – of 7 minutes and 26 seconds.
That would be a great turn of events – the 12.9-mile, 73-turn Nürburgring-Nordschliefe was negotiated in 7 minutes 26 seconds, making the latest GTS no less than 12 seconds quicker than the model it replaces and also four seconds faster than the current 911 Carrera S. As always, we get this intermediate step to be called the 991.2 generation of the Carrera GTS, with the model being as good as it gets – twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter flat-6 engine delivering 450 horsepower, 30 ponies above the power level of the Carrera S. Meanwhile it’s also a tad more powerful than the 991.1 version of 2015 which came with a naturally aspirated 3.8-liter flat-6 good for 430 hp.
By the way, Porsche also decided to fiddle with the setup of the GTS during another lap – they opted for the track-focused Pirelli P-Zero Corsa N0, an option soon to become available for any of its customers that order a 911 with 20 inch wheels. The result goes on to show the massive importance of having the right tires – the lap improved to 7:22. The Carrera GTS itself is a great machine even without counting the power bump – the same wider body from the Carrera 4, 20-inch center-lock wheels, and a standard Sport Chrono Package.