Unveiled at last year’s LA Motor Show, Alfa Romeo’s first ever production SUV – the Stelvio – promised to be a very fast SUV around the Nurburgring.
While some may have forgotten about it, many thought that it was just a launch gimmick, but Alfa Romeo has kept to its word and went on to break the Nurburgring SUV lap record with the Stelvio Quadrifoglio.
The high-performance version of the Stelvio SUV, powered by a 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 engine kicking out 503 PS and 600 Nm of torque, lapped the Nurburgring in 7:51:7 which is about eight seconds quicker than the current record holder – the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S.
The record now puts the Stelvio Quadrifoglio above the 2015 BMW M4 in the track’s official overall leaderboard.
Able to sprint from naught to 100 km/h in an impressive 3.9 seconds, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio is expected to hit the roads in many parts of the world next year.
It is also worth mentioning that the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio which shares the same engine as our star SUV here, holds the record for being the fastest sedan around the Nurburgring with a lap time of 7 minutes and 32 seconds.