Not everyone will love the styling of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the Italian automaker’s long-awaited SUV that has made its debut at the Los Angeles auto show. But there’s no arguing with the performance of the Stelvio Quadrifoglio.

Under its louvered hood lives a Ferrari-derived, 2.9-liter, twin-turbo V6 motor producing 505 horsepower (377 kilowatts) and 443 pound-feet (601 Newton meters) of torque. It is the same engine that made the Giulia QV the fastest sedan ever to lap the Nurburgring Nordschleife. And Alfa Romeo hopes it is man enough to power the Stelvio QV to the SUV record.

Skip through to the 15 minute mark on the video below to see just how bold a claim Alfa Romeo is making.



That’s right, Alfa thinks the Stelvio QV will lap the ‘Ring in 7 minutes 59 seconds, snatching the record from the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S by 0.74 secs.

Now, I know what you’re thinking and yes the Stelvio QV does give away around 65 hp (48 kW) to the Cayenne Turbo S. But it is also considerably smaller than the German, being similar in size to the Macan, which also means it is many hundreds of pounds of lighter than the Cayenne’s huge 5,093 pound (2,310 kilogram) mass.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio QV Nuburgring record

It helps that Alfa’s chassis engineers were able to draw on Ferrari’s expertise in setting up the weapons-grade suspension. There’s a torque vectoring rear differential, as well, and the option of carbon ceramic brakes.

The Stelvio can outrun the big Porsche in a straight line, too. Its 0 to 60 miles per hour time of 3.9 seconds is two tenths of a second ahead of the Cayenne, while it tops out at 177 mph (285 km/h), one whole mile per hour faster than the Turbo S can go.

Lesser Stelvio models will be powered by a 280 hp (209 kW), 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo engine, hooked up to standard-fit Q4 all-wheel-drive.

Check out the promo below.

Gallery: Alfa Romeo Stelvio: LA 2016

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