Alfa Romeo has just snagged the Nurburgring lap record. The SUV lap record that is, with a pre-production version of the brand’s new high-performance Stelvio Quadrifoglio setting new benchmark for the category.
Porsche laid claim to the quickest outright production car lap just days ago with the 911 GT2 RS, but thanks to Alfa Romeo’s efforts the German brand loses the SUV title thanks to a 7m 51.7sec time from the Stelvio QV.
Previously the Porsche Cayenne Turbo (predecessor to the just-launched current-generation model) laid down a 7m 59sec time.
The Stelvio QV achieved its blistering pace thanks to the same 375kW twin-turbo 2.9-litre V6 engine from the Giulia QV sports sedan, which set an official time of 7m 32sec around the 20.6km circuit in 2016.
For the sake of consistency both lap times were set by Alfa Romeo test driver Fabio Francia.
“We specifically engineered and designed the Stelvio Quadrifoglio to set world-class benchmarks and it did not disappoint with a world-record Nurburgring lap time of 7 minutes and 51.7 seconds,” Head of Alfa Romeo, Reid Bigland, said.
“We’re proud to now hold two Nurburgring lap time records with the Giulia Quadrifoglio as the fastest four-door production sedan and the Stelvio Quadrifoglio as the fastest production SUV.”
Regular versions of the The Stelvio are due to arrive in Australian showrooms from March 2018, with the high-performance Quadrifoglio version to follow later that year.