08-20-2010, 08:32 PM #1
Sport Auto Takes the M3 GTS Around the Nurburgring in 7:48 - Hockenheim - 1:12.5
Sport Auto took the M3 GTS around the ring in 7 minutes and 48 seconds. Laps under the 8 minutes barrier are impressive but we are a bit disappointed with this result. The E46 M3 CSL managed a time of 7:50. The 911 new GT3 manages a 7:40. It is a good result but not exaclty what were expecting especially when put against the CSL. We expect this time to be whittled down with some more laps. Maybe someone should have Walter Rohrl drive it?
The Hockenheim time is more impressive with a 1:12.5. The 458 Italia is 2 seconds faster for comparison. The Nissan GTR however does it in 1:10.7 so we are surprised the GTS did not come much closer. It does exceed the Ferrari F430 which does a 1:12.7 as well as the CLK 63 AMG Black Series which does a 1:13.8. Perhaps our expectations for the GTS were simply way too high as outlapping those two with far less power is certainly impressive. Take a look at the video below to see what a lap around Hockenheim in the M3 looks like.
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