If you’re ever wondered just how much faster the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 is compared to its predecessor, here’s your answer. The German carmaker has released onboard footage of the updated sports car as it laps the well-known Nurburgring.

The lap time recorded? A blistering 7 minutes and 12.7 seconds, which is a whole 12.3 seconds faster than the previous 911 GT3. Part of the reason why the new car is so much faster, is due to the work Porsche has done to enhance the 911 GT3 package.

There’s a new 4.0 litre naturally-aspirated flat-six adapted from the GT3 RS and 911 R, developing 500 hp at 8,250 rpm and 460 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm. The mill in this instance is mated to a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission, which allows it to sprint to 100 km/h from a standstill in just 3.4 seconds.

Moving on, the car’s chassis also sees a reduction in ride height by 25 mm compared to the standard Carrera S, and as before there’s active rear steering, dynamic engine mounts and a locking rear differential.

“The new 911 GT3 not only offers the maximum amount of driving pleasure, but with this lap time we have emphatically proven that it also delivers an impressive performance on the Nordschleife. The focus was on optimizing the drivability and adapting the car to the slight increase in engine power,” said Frank-Steffen Walliser, vice president of motorsport and GT cars at Porsche.

GALLERY: 2018 Porsche 911 GT3