I recently noticed while browsing posted Nurburgring lap times that the 8 minute mark was a barrier which wasn't overcome by a mass produced street car until nearly the year 2000. It was then that professional driver, Walter Röhrl lapped the 1999 Porsche 996 GT3 around the Green Hell to a time of 7:56. It wasn't until a few years later that Dave Hill matched the GT3′s time in a Corvette Z06, which was a reasonably priced sports car in comparison to the Porsche GT3.
Since the year 2000 there have been over 70 production vehicles to break the 8 minute barrier around the Green Hell. And if we told you in 1992 that a four door family sedan would best the exotics, we know you'd laugh. Look how far we've come.