The new Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio has become the fastest SUV in the world by lapping Germany’s infamous Nürburgring in a record-breaking 7 minutes 51.7 seconds.
Set by driver Fabio Francia in a 2018 Stelvio Quadrifoglio, which is powered by a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that produces 505 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque, that time is a full eight seconds faster than the previous production SUV record!
Francia was also the driver who set the new Nürburgring record for the world’s fastest four-door sedan with the Giulia Quadrifoglio, clocking 7 minutes 32 seconds.
Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo, stated:
“We specifically engineered and designed the Stelvio Quadrifoglio to set world-class benchmarks and it did not disappoint with a world-record Nürburgring lap time of 7 minutes and 51.7 seconds. We’re proud to now hold two Nürburgring lap time records with the Giulia Quadrifoglio as the fastest four-door production sedan and the Stelvio Quadrifoglio as the fastest production SUV.”
Alfa Romeo clearly wants to be the performance king in the luxury car segment, a designation BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi seem to care less about these day. Let’s hope all the company’s hard work leads to much-needed sales.