The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Is Now The 'Ring's Fastest SUV

Alfa Romeo's hot Stelvio has stolen the SUV record from the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, with a 7min 51.7sec lap
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The Lamborghini Huracan Performante may have been beaten around the Green Hell by Porsche’s bonkers 911 GT2 RS, but don’t worry, as Alfa Romeo has (inadvertently) defended Italian honour.

Just days after Porsche made the announcement that the GT2 RS had clocked an astonishing 6min 47sec time on the Nordschleife, Alfa Romeo has revealed that the Stelvio Quadrifoglio has become the fastest SUV on the challenging circuit with a 7min 51.7sec lap. It steals the rather niche record from - funnily enough - Porsche.

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Is Now The 'Ring's Fastest SUV

It sent the Cayenne Turbo S around the Nurburgring a couple of years ago, yielding a time of 7min 59.7sec. So the Stelvio is comfortably quicker, but still nearly 20 seconds slower than the Giulia Quadrifoglio, which uses the same engine and platform. Shows you how much difference a bit of extra weight and a higher centre of gravity can make.

As with most Nurburgring ‘records’, there are a few caveats with this one. For starters, there is a roll cage, and Alfa hasn’t mentioned whether or not that affected rigidity. It looks like the interior might be partially stripped out too - we’re awaiting confirmation on both those points from Alfa Romeo UK. Driver Fabio Francia - the same guy who clocked the Giulia Quadrifoglio’s stunning time - is also wearing a harness and sitting in a particularly serious seat, but the Stelvio is actually available with “ultra-lightweight carbon fiber shell Sparco racing seats” from the factory, believe it or not.

Update: Alfa Romeo UK has since told us that the roll cage was bolted to the floor, and thus “offered no improvements in stiffness.” The racing seat was an aftermarket unit, added - along with the four-point harness - for the sake of safety. No other modifications were made.

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Is Now The 'Ring's Fastest SUV

Finally, it’s worth pointing out that the Cayenne’s lap was done before parts of the Nordschleife were remodelled, making them a tad faster than before.

Regardless, it’s an impressive feat. Just expect Porsche to try and grab that record back with the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid when it’s here…



The new era of Alfa really looks promising. Here’s hoping the reliability also goes as well as it is fast

09/29/2017 - 08:46 |
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Nishant Dash

Mama mia! The new Quatroformaggio has a record!!

09/29/2017 - 08:46 |
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01/11/2018 - 13:34 |
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Now, Porsche, take it back!

09/29/2017 - 08:49 |
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Here’s to hoping a new era of Alfa that combines passion, speed and .. reliability.

09/29/2017 - 08:50 |
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Knowing the Ferrari side of things, Fiat will claim the Stelvio was stock standard and then won’t release any data to confirm…

09/29/2017 - 09:01 |
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In reply to by Tiggr


09/29/2017 - 11:39 |
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In reply to by Tiggr

exactly what i was thinking, this one doesnt look stock at all

09/29/2017 - 12:45 |
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Tomislav Celić

I’m not sure if SUVs are supposed to be fast on track. S-sport UV- Utility Vehicle. I think by that they mean fast while off roading, not fast on the track, but also good for off-roading. Nevertheless impresive.

09/29/2017 - 09:02 |
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Ali Mahfooz

Is this going to be a thing in the future now? SUVs setting Nürburgring lap times instead of displaying their off road capabilities? Oh wait! Most SUV owners don’t even go off road.

09/29/2017 - 09:03 |
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In the future…
insert supercar here won Dakar Rally”

09/29/2017 - 09:49 |
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Words can’t express how much it hurts too see that 99% of the real 4x4s have been replaced by these jokes on wheels

09/29/2017 - 15:15 |
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Next up, fastest wagon around Nurbürgring!

09/29/2017 - 09:06 |
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That quite an achievement, but I won’t be impressed if it can’t go off road.

09/29/2017 - 09:21 |
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Im sorry but this is getting out of hand. Nurburgring laptimes are as legit one of the many new hypercars from manufacturers you’ve never heard of claiming at top speed of mach 5. There’s a freaking roll cage in it!

09/29/2017 - 09:36 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Cough cough Koenigsegg with their insanely absurd top speed claims that will probably never be proven. Cough cough

09/29/2017 - 12:32 |
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