Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Smashes SUV Ring Record

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The Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio has set a new record at the famous Nurburgring to become the fastest production SUV to lap the ‘Green Hell’.

Alfa Romeo’s new Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV is the fastest production SUV to set tread on the Nurburgring with a lap time of 7:51.7, relegating the previous record holder, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S (7:59.74).

“We specifically engineered and designed the Stelvio Quadrifoglio to set world-class benchmarks and it did not disappoint with a world-record Nürburgring lap time of 7 minutes and 51.7 seconds,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo. “We’re proud to now hold two Nürburgring lap time records with the Giulia Quadrifoglio as the fastest four-door production sedan and the Stelvio Quadrifoglio as the fastest production SUV.”

Watch the record-breaking run in the video below!

 

However, Alfa Romeo’s glory might not last very long because the Lamborghini Urus super-SUV will make its debut at the end of 2017 and it will surely have its day for a Nurburgring record attempt in 2018. Lamborghini is confident that the Urus will be the fastest SUV around the ring.

Lamborghini research and development chief Maurizio Reggiani recently commented, “Our SUV will achieve more than 300 kph, because it’s a Lamborghini. It’s our DNA. We will achieve the best lap time for an SUV on Nordschleife—this is a faster SUV”.

For now, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio can bask in its glory. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio is powered by a 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine that develops 377 kW and 600 Nm of torque via an 8-speed automatic transmission with power sent to all 4 corners. Alfa Romeo claims a zero to 100 kph sprint time of 3.9 seconds.

The Stelvio is due to arrive in South Africa early in 2018 and order books are open for interested customers. However, the Stelvio will only be offered with a 206 kW / 400 Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The potent Stelvio Quadrifoglio has not been confirmed for our market, but we can only hope that it will be offered.

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