2021 Porsche 911 GT3 ‘992’ laps Nurburgring in 7:04 in Supertest (video)

We already know the new 992 series 2021 Porsche 911 GT3 is a quick car. But for further, real-world validation, German media outlet Sport Auto has taken one around the Nurburgring and clocked a lap time of 7:04.

The lap was conducted as one of the publication’s usual ‘Supertest’ segments, with racing driver and Sport Auto test driver Christian Gebhardt behind the wheel. Using a stock standard example, with the optional Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tyres fitted, he lapped the treacherous circuit in 7:04.74.

That’s an amazing time for a road-legal vehicle, especially one with a naturally aspirated engine. There was a moment at around the 5:55 mark where it looks like he might have accidentally downshifted two gears instead of one –or maybe it was the car’s fault – but other than that it looked like an epic lap.

Porsche has lapped the circuit in 6:59.927 in the new model with Lars Kern behind the wheel. But that might have been in slightly better conditions. Porsche also claims 0-100km/h takes 3.4 seconds, with a top speed of 318km/h. Gebhardt manages to get the beast up to 291km/h at Tiergarten at the end of the long straight.

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The new model features a 4.0-litre naturally aspirated flat-six engine which is derived from the 911 RSR racing car engine, producing 375kW at an ear-massaging 8400rpm, with 470Nm at 6100rpm. Buyers can preference either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch auto – the manual has a top speed of 320km/h. Sport Auto’s test is with the auto.

As a reference, this lap time puts it just ahead of vehicles such as the Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro (7:06.60), the McLaren 720S (7:08.34), and McLaren 600LT (7:08.82), according to Sport Auto’s previous Supertests with Gebhardt behind the wheel.

Considering this isn’t even the full-flogging GT3 RS variant, which is expected to debut later this year, this is a cracking real-world time. It’s also over 12 seconds quicker than Gebhardt’s effort in the previous-gen 991.2 911 GT3 from 2017 (7:18).

Check out the full lap in the video below. And be sure to crank up the volume. The new 911 GT3 is now on sale in Australia, priced from $369,700 (excluding on-roads).

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.