Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio steals SUV record away from Porsche Cayenne Turbo S at Nurburgring

Article by Christian A., on October 1, 2017

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.

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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.

Source: Alfa Romeo

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