It’s a bittersweet kind of week for Porsche as after claiming the Nürburgring lap record for a regular production car with the 911 GT2 RS, the company headquartered in Stuttgart has now lost the SUV crown. Alfa Romeo is to “blame” as it took the Stelvio Quadrifoglio to the Green Hell and gave it to Fabio Francia to put it through its paces through the many corners of the challenging track. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, he was also responsible for setting the ‘Ring record for a sedan with the Giulia Quadrifoglio in 7 minutes and 32 seconds.
Needless to say, the Stelvio can’t match the performance of its more agile sedan counterpart, but the 7 minutes and 51.7 seconds lap time is still hugely impressive. It’s especially true when you take into account the former top dog, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, needed an extra 8 seconds to complete the same task. It should be mentioned that when Alfa Romeo introduced the Stelvio Q at the Los Angeles Auto Show last year, it estimated the company’s first SUV ever would do a lap in about 7:59, but as it turns out, the 510-horsepower machine is way faster.
The record might not last for a long time considering two supercars disguised as SUVs are on their way. We are talking about the latest-generation Porsche Cayenne in the range-topping Turbo S E-Hybrid specification and the highly anticipated Lamborghini Urus. While the folks from Sant’Agata Bolognese have said they don’t really care about obtaining the SUV ‘Ring title, let’s keep in mind they’ve made a big deal about the Huracan Performante’s Nürburgring run, so we won’t be too surprised if sooner or later they will attempt to claim the SUV title.
There is a good chance Porsche will want to get the title back and it might happen as early as next year after installing the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid’s 671-hp hybrid powertrain into its big SUV.
Source: Alfa Romeo
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Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Claims Title of World’s Fastest Production SUV with Record Nürburgring Lap Time
- Stelvio Quadrifoglio laps Nürburgring in record 7 minutes 51.7 seconds, fastest time ever posted by a production SUV
- State-of-the-art technologies, including innovative Q4 all-wheel drive paired for the first time with a 2.9 V6 Twin-Turbo 510 HP engine and torque vectoring differential, Chassis Domain Control (CDC), and aluminum column-mounted paddle shifters maximize the driving experience in all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
- Alfa Romeo now holds two Nürburgring lap time records with Giulia Quadrifoglio (fastest four-door production car) and Stelvio Quadrifoglio (fastest production SUV)
Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio has claimed the title of world's fastest production SUV, setting a new benchmark lap time at Germany's legendary Nürburgring: it is just the most recent achievement in the racing tradition of the Quadrifoglio and in over one century of Alfa Romeo history.
A Stelvio Quadrifoglio lapped the 12.9-mile Nordschleife (north loop) in a record 7 minutes 51.7 seconds. This new benchmark time is a full eight seconds faster than the previous production SUV record.
The Stelvio Quadrifoglio record was established by Fabio Francia, the same driver who also set the track record for the fastest four-door sedan in the world on the Nürburgring with the Giulia Quadrifoglio in a time of just 7 minutes and 32 seconds. The first SUV in the over one-century-long history of the brand embodies the most authentic Alfa Romeo spirit: distinctive Italian style, state-of-the-art and innovative engines, perfect weight distribution, unique technical solutions and excellent weight-to-power ratio.
Infused with Italian passion, craftsmanship and innovation, the all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio is designed to conquer the winding road for which it is named.
The Stelvio Quadrifoglio extensively integrates lightweight, state-of-the-art materials that enable and deliver perfect 50/50 weight distribution, segment-leading torsional rigidity, class-exclusive carbon fiber driveshaft and the most direct steering available.
The heart and soul of this ultra-high performance SUV is an all-aluminum, direct-injection 2.9-liter 24-valve Twin-Turbo intercooled V6 engine, delivering 510 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque, to which the standard Q4 all-wheel-drive system is paired for the first time. The engine is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission with specific settings for shifting in just 150 milliseconds in Race mode.
The Stelvio Quadrifoglio achieves the most horsepower per liter in its class.
Designed to enhance the all-new lightweight Alfa Romeo architecture, the all-aluminum 2.9-liter V-6 Twin-Turbo engine features a compact 90-degree layout and was holistically designed for a low center of gravity within the chassis.
Advanced technology features unique to the Stelvio Quadrifoglio include a four-mode Alfa DNA Pro selector with Race mode, torque vectoring differential, Quadrifoglio-tuned adaptive suspension and cylinder deactivation system to maximize fuel efficiency.
Ultra-high performance options for Stelvio Quadrifoglio include:
- Ultra-lightweight carbon fiber shell Sparco racing seats, providing maximum lateral support during extreme cornering thanks to more aggressive bolstering, and designed to be the lightest in the segment, while providing comfort for long road trips
- Ultra-high-performance Brembo carbon-ceramic material (CCM) brake system
With the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, where other SUVs stop at utility, Alfa Romeo took on the challenge to create the perfect mix of high performance, authentically sporty driving dynamics, Italian style and engineering technology with the comfort and roominess features which are typical of this segment.