Fresh off the news that Porsche’s new 911 GT2 RS broke the Nurburgring’s production car record, Alfa Romeo has announced that the Stelvio Quadrifoglio has set a new record for production SUVs. Laying down a time of 7:51.7, the Stelvio was a full 8 seconds quicker than the previous record holder, the Porsche Cayennethe Giulia Quadrifoglio, laying down a time of 7:32.
“We specifically engineered and designed the Stelvio Quadrifoglio to set world-class benchmarks and it did not disappoint with a world-record Nurburgring lap time of 7 minutes and 51.7 seconds,” said Reid Bigland, head of Alfa Romeo, in a release. “We’re proud to now hold two Nurburgring lap time records with the Giulia Quadrifoglio as the fastest four-door production sedan and the Stelvio Quadrifoglio as the fastest production SUV.”
Using a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio makes 505 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to sticky tires and all-wheel drive, Alfa Romeo says it can hit 60 mph in less than 4 seconds. Sadly, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio won’t go on sale until early next year, so we have yet to run it through our battery of tests. But when we got our hands on the Stelvio Q4, it left us impressed even though it only packed a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder.
“It’s not so much peak power and torque but the seamless flow of motion which makes the Stelvio a rather special piece of kit,” wrote European bureau chief Georg Kacher.
“This crossover is quite simply very good at carrying momentum through corners, using intentional weight transfer to speed up turn-in, and building up ground-effect fourth and fifth-gear road holding that doesn’t wane after five or six laps. It responds with subtlety and promptness to steering and throttle orders, decelerating when needed as hard as if hit by a massive headwind. It did all that with aplomb for 26 memorable laps when ground control eventually black-flagged the blue beauty and escorted us back to base.”
So yeah, if you crank the power from 280 hp up to 505 hp, throw in a torque-vectoring differential, add Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, and swap the regular seats out for carbon-fiber-shell Sparco racing seats, it makes sense that the Stelvio Quadrifoglio would be that quick around the Nurburgring.
But, of course, we still need to drive it. And based on the video below, boy do we want to drive it.