Thursday, January 12, 2012

Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 sets new braking record

Premiere German performance test magazine Sport Auto sent us this video of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 achieving a new braking performance record for road cars. The occasion was the annual Sport Auto high-speed performance 0-300-0 test event for series models in Papenburg, German.

The video is a little old (from last month), but we think it's still relevant as it shows the speedo going from 300 km/h (186 mph) to zero in 6.5 seconds - not something you see too often without a crash resulting.

To put the achievement into context, the 911 GT3 RS 4.0 beat out the previous world record holder, the Koenigsegg Agera R and its 300 to 0 km/h time of 6.66 seconds. Other competitors in the test included the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, McLaren MP4-12C, Jaguar XKR-S, Cadillac CTS-V Coupe, Alpina B5 Biturbo, Bentley Continental GT.

Limited to just 600 units, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 features a naturally-aspirated 4.0-liter engine, the biggest engine ever offered in a Porsche 911, which translates into a hp/liter figure around 125 hp/liter (92 kW) and 368 hp/tonne. That makes for a total output of 500 PS (368 kW / 493 hp) and torque rating of 460 Nm (339 lb-ft). Weighing just 1,360 kilograms (2998 lbs) the car does the 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint in only 3.6 seconds (c/o Sport Auto) and the GT3 RS 4.0 rounds the Nürburgring-Nordschleife in 7:27 minutes.

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