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Alfa Romeo Stelvio sets new fastest Nurburgring SUV lap record

Alfa Romeo Stelvio sets new fastest Nurburgring SUV lap record image

Jose Altoveros / Alfa Romeo | October 03, 2017 07:35

Alfa Romeo Stelvio laps the Nurburgring in 7 minute 51.7 seconds

More lap records at the Nurburgring continue to be broken this year. After Porsche's record breaking run in the 911 GT2 RS, Alfa Romeo also claims to have set the a new record around the Nordschleife; this one for a production SUV. With the Stelvio Quadrifolgio, the Italian SUV managed to do a 7:51.7 lap around the 12.9 kilometer Nurburgring.

The Italian marque managed to beat the previous record holder, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S which did a 7:59.74 lap. Driving the Stelvio Quadrifoglio was Fabio Fancia. If his name sounds familiar that's because he's the same driver who also set the record for fastest four-door sedan in the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio with a 7:32 lap. Though unable to close in on the sedan's time, Fancia still managed to beat the Cayenne by a whole 8-seconds.

To give a brief overview on the Stelvio Quadrifoglio, it is powered by the same 510 PS 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 as the Giulia Quadrifoglio four-door performance sedan. The V6 is then mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with power sent to all four wheels via Alfa's Q4 all-wheel drive system. All of which is packaged together with Italian styling and SUV space.

As with most Nurburgring records, don't expect the Stelvio's time to stand unbeaten for long. Lamborghini will soon be launching their first SUV, the Urus and Porsche will be releasing the Cayenne in Turbo S E-Hybrid variant. It won't be long until other manufacturers challenges Alfa Romeo's SUV production time yet again.

Watch as Fabio Fancia and the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio set a new record in the video above.