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2010 Porsche 911 Turbo Shaves 10 Seconds Off Nurburgring Lap Time

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It seems like every few weeks or so either Porsche or Nissan comes out with a new Nurburgring lap time for their respective 911 Turbo and GT-R models. The last we looked, Nissan was claiming a 7m 26.7s Nurburgring lap time for its 2010 ‘Series II’ GT-R, while General Motors was boasting an even better time of 7m 22.4 seconds for its Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 supercar.

While manufacturer claims should be taken with a grain of salt--there are just too many variables that can affect the lap times--the numbers always raise a multitude of questions, especially when a company like Porsche makes an announcement.

The German sports car manufacturer has posted a new time of 7m 39s for its latest 2010 911 Turbo, which is exactly 10 seconds quicker around the 13-mile Nordschliefe track than the non-facelifted model.

For the 2010 model year, the 911 Turbo was given an extra 20-horsepower, better handling, and the optional seven-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox. Porsche even managed to shave 40-pounds off the car’s curb weight, so it’s no surprise that the 2010 model outperforms the previous car.

[Autocar]

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Comments (4)
  1. Slow news day? Why even print this story?
     
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  2. I always enjoy a good ole manufacture fight. This new war based on the ZR1, GT-R and the 911 Turbo are good for the industry as it will promote more enthusiast, bragging rights/Marketing campaigns, and sell more Grand toursmo video games.
    It would be interesting to see a magazine or a
    show such as Top Gear take all three cars as it comes off the showroom with about the same mileage.
    Take a driver such as Stig and give it three timed runs and take the avg of the time as the true record. that would make a great Top Gear TV show.
     
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  3. I like this story, less weight more power, the way to go now a days.
     
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  4. Before anyone rekindles the flames of unnecessary GT-R vs. 911 bashing, I'd just like to say that both are wonderful masterpieces of automotive engineering. 10 seconds off is absolutely amazing; kudos to Porsche for their work, especially lightening the car. It's this fierce competition that brings better driving experiences to the consumers, although I probably won't be one of them.
     
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