Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Smashes Nurburgring Record For SUVs

Lamborghini may be eyeing the Nurburgring crown for the world’s fastest SUV with the Urus, but for now, Alfa Romeo has captured that title with the Stelvio Quadrifoglio.

The halo version of the Stelvio lapped the ‘Green Hell’ in just 7 minutes and 51.7 seconds, posting the fastest time ever for a production SUV, smashing the previous record initially held by the 542hp Range Rover Sport SVR (8:14) before losing it to the previous generation 562hp Porsche Cayenne Turbo S (7:59.74).

It also matches the best lap time for the BMW M4, although it does fall behind the world’s fastest front-wheel drive model, the Honda Civic Type R (7:43.8).

“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,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo. “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.”

At the heart of the Stelvio Quadrofoglio beats a 2.9-liter twin-turbo intercooled V6 engine, producing 505 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque, that works together with the standard Q4 all-wheel-drive system allowing the SUV to hit 60mph (96km/h) in 3.9 seconds and top out at 177mph (285km/h).

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  • Six_Tymes

    impressive. that camo actually looks kind of good

  • I’m Impressed

    A record even with the added weight of a roll cage. Also, who was the driver as that person deserves recognition too?

    • steve

      It says F. Francia on the side of his helmet!

      • Bob

        That guy is no mere mortal.

  • Six Thousand Times

    There’s no need for such a record to exist.

    • LeStori

      When the Nukes start dropping you might need something fast….

      • Six Thousand Times

        Nope, I’ll just fry or become a zombie. Either way.

    • Shane

      You make Six_Tymes name look bad jerk

      • Six Thousand Times

        Awesome, thanks for the input, noob! You might want to work on your own punctuation, you little keyboard warrior, you.

  • gor134

    woah that wheel offset though looks good. does this car compete with GLE63/X5 M or GLC63/X3 M?

    • anonymous

      GLC63 would be a closer rival.

      • Michelin

        Not so sure…..

  • Shane

    Things are starting to heat up! I can’t wait to see that Jeep run it, even if FCA makes the fans pay again lol.

  • LWOAP

    It’s kind of pointless as no one really cares for SUV records and all. Oh, well, enjoy it. It’s not like anyone is going to be hard pressed to beat Alfa anytime soon.

    • Bob

      Do you have a reference/source to support the statement “no one really cares for SUV records and all”?

      • javier

        People who speak in sweeping generalizations are not too smart, especially in this context of niche automobiles. Yes it is true that 99% of drivers don’t care about suv lap times but the target audience for this vehicle is by all means interested.

      • LWOAP

        Sure I have a reference. It’s usually the lack of interest in setting records on the Nurburgring using SUVs. Notice in almost all cases manufacturers use sports cars. supercars, and hypercars for all record attempts despite the SUV craze going about. And yes, I know there isn’t as many performance oriented SUVs as there are sports cars, but they are out there. Why no attempts to set a record in any of them is most likely due to either a lack of funding – seems unlikely – or a lack of interest. I haven’t seen any automaker eager to set a lap record for SUVs.

        Alright, granted, it’s not definitive proof. But it seems the most likely explanation.

  • MPAMPIS

    alfa romeo stelvio qv THE BEST SUV

  • MPAMPIS

    RIP Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

  • Dennis James

    “Yeah, but it’s not reliable”. Hahaha :)))

    • Michelin

      Still stereotyps….
      You are the only unreliable!!!

    • Carmelo Van Cabboi

      Puuuuuuuuh u r so sad man!

  • Nocca Italy

    and for the record Fabio Francia is “THE MAN” that set the record with a Giulia Quadrifoglio at the Green Hell wearing a jeans, a t-shirt and his Rolex! WHAT A MAN with BIG B….!!

    take a look to that lap….it is breathtaking! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gEdJmIVqLY)

  • Nordschleife

    Porsche is already mad and already prepping something to beat it but great job Alfa.

  • wtvlol
    • MPAMPIS

      you are fake

  • Infinite1

    Good job on the new record.

  • Marc Gruben

    Wow! With all that camo, I never would have known what kind of car this was. Thanks for telling me.

    Seriously Alfa, why even bother with the camo? You should have let this thing rip the ‘Ring in Rosso Red.

  • wtvlol
    • dragoneroscuro

      Fake news

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