Currently, Porsche holds the Nurburgring production lap record with the 911 GT2 RS. The flagship model was able to blitz around the 20.6 km track in a mere 6 minutes 47.3 seconds. Now, the Stuttgart-based automaker has put its naturally aspirated younger sibling, the 911 GT3 RS, through its paces around the Green Hell.

The result? It is now the third Porsche production car to offically break the 7 minute mark around the Nordschleife.

On April 18, the 991.2 GT3 RS was able to lap the Nordschleife in 6 minutes and 56.4 seconds. Behind the wheel was Porsche works driver Kévin Estre. In comparison, the previous 911 GT3 RS only managed to set a 7 minute 20 second lap. Furthermore, the GT3 RS was also able to best the 918 Spyder's 6:57 lap set back in 2013.

“All four lap times of both drivers were below seven minutes and only tenths of a second apart. This proves not only the outstanding power of the GT3 RS, but also its extraordinary driveability at the limit. A perfectly composed overall system allows for highly dynamic performance even with a relatively modest engine power,” said Andreas Preuninger, Director GT Model Line.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS faster than 918 Spyder around the Nurburgring

Porsche says no changes were made to the record setting GT3 RS. It was still powered by the same naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat six which produces 520 PS combined with a 7-speed PDK transmission. The only difference would be the yet-to-be released Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires measuring 265/35 R20 up front and 325/30 R21 in the rear. These tires will be offered to both the GT3 RS and GT2 RS once they are fully compliant for the European Union and the United States.

Watch Estre together with the 911 GT3 RS set the 6:56.4 lap around the Nordschleife in the video above.