It’s not news to see Porsches lapping the Nurburgring-Nordschleife. When the upcoming 2017 911 Carrera GTS manages to obliterate the previous GTS’s Nurburgring lap record by a dozen seconds? Well, that’s news.
Porsche has reported that the new GTS lapped the ‘Ring in 7:26, which manages to not only wreck the outgoing GTS’s score but eclipses the Carrera S by four seconds.
To do this, the 2017 Carrera GTS does away with the naturally aspirated 3.8-liter engine of the last generation and opts for less displacement and more boost. A 3-liter, twin turbocharged mill spins out 450 fire-breathing horses, a whopping 30 hp more than the same engine in the current Carrera S and 20 hp more than the outgoing GTS.
The new GTS gets a standard Sport Chrono Package, the sexy wide body sported by the Carrera 4 and racy center-lock wheels. Check off the coupe option on the order sheet and you’ll get Porsche Active Suspension Management as well. That’s a lot of standard stuff, making this a pretty sweet deal as far as 911s go.
But that’s not all to the story. Not content with just demolishing the previous car’s stats, Porsche slapped on a set of Pirelli P-Zero Corsa N0 tires, available soon to anybody who buys a 911 with 20-inch wheels. The end result was the GTS bumping its own record down another four seconds, to lap the Green Hell in 7:22.
If you’re wanting to rip up the pavement and drive your own local Green Hell in this newest ‘Ring romper, you can pick up your brand new GTS starting this April.