The Porsche 911 GT2 RS has won its spot as the record holder for the Nurburgring when it comes to road-legal production cars. However, the Stuttgart based company has just lost the SUV crown to Alfa Romeo’s Stelvio Quadrifoglio. It was Fabio Francia who drove the SUV around the Green Hell, and luckily, he did well on the challenging corners of the track. In case you don’t know, Francia had taken the Giulia Quadrifoglio to the ‘Ring, and is responsible for its record breaking lap time of 7 minutes 32 seconds.
Though the Stelvio’s record is far from the Giulia’s, and cannot match that of its more agile sedan sibling, its 7 minutes 51.7 seconds record is still quite impressive. Especially considering the fact that former record holders like the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S took another 8 seconds to go around the ‘Ring. Furthermore, when Alfa Romeo introduced the Stelvio Quadrifoglio at last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, they said that the model would need 7:59 seconds to lap the Nurburgring. Surprisingly, the production version is even quicker than they expected.
The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the brand’s first ever SUV, is 2.0 inches longer and 8.9 inches taller than the Giulia, with 2.5 inches more ground clearance. Under the hood is the same 2.0 liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, borrowed from the Giulia. It has 280 horsepower and 306 pound-feet of torque. As for performance, the company claims that it can do the 60 mile per hour sprint in 5.4 seconds, before continuing to a top speed of 144 miles per hour. These numbers are quite impressive compared to other 2.0 liter powered SUVs. The engine will be paired with an eight-speed automatic that gives power to the all wheel drive.
Now, we don’t know how long the Stelvio will keep its crown for its recent victory. And sources say that two new supercars are on their way, and that these are SUVs. One of them would be the next-generation Porsche Cayenne in the Turbo S E-Hybrid trim (the range-topping specification), and the other one is the Lamborghini Urus. The guys from Sant’Agata Bolognese once said that obtaining a Nurburgring title is no big deal for them, but they were bragging about the Huracan Performante when it had gone to lap the Nurburgring. So do not be surprised if one day, they say that they will attempt to claim the SUV title.
We have a strong feeling though that Porsche will reclaim this title soon though, and we mean next year when they install the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid’s engine into its big SUV. Take note that the hybrid powertrain boasts as much as a 671 horsepower output.