The Italian SUV may not be as fast as it seems.
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio lapped the Nürburgring in a record 7 minutes 51.7 seconds, making it the fastest SUV ever around the Green Hell. But with any record-breaking Nürburgring lap, some are calling into question the legitimacy of Alfa Romeo’s run, citing a number of editing issues within the video.
The legitimacy question was first brought up by the website Bridge to Gantry, which pointed out a number of issues that could provide evidence of the video being faked. The video, which shows all 7 minutes and 51.7 seconds of the run, sees the Stelvio show up at the same location multiple times throughout, including the 2 kilometer sign, which shows up twice near the beginning of the video. See if you can spot it:
For comparison, the website suggests watching the full video of the Honda Civic Type R, which recorded a 7 minute 50.63-second lap prior to its 7 minute 43.8 second-run set in April. The latter of the two is a new front-wheel-drive record:
The edited Alfa Romeo video also suggests that the Stelvio "teleported," according to the website, four seconds down the road to the bridge at Quiddelbach just 58 seconds in. The SUV reportedly leaps forward again at 3 minutes and 24 seconds, reportedly cutting another five seconds off the video. One reader points out that in the sections that were cut, the Stelvio reportedly did those portions of the track in half the time of the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, which recorded a lap time of 6 minutes 47.3 seconds.
A video comparing the two cuts to the GT2 RS lap can be seen below:
Jalopnik suggest that without the cut scenes in the main video, the Stelvio would be a total of seven seconds slower than the recorded lap time. An added seven seconds would put it closer to the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S’ lap time of 7 minutes 59 seconds. For now, the Stelvio remains king of the ‘Ring for SUVs – we’ll just have to wait and see if this new information reveals a hidden truth.
Source: Bridge To Gantry