The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is now the SUV king of the Ring
Porsche may have gained another record with the announcement of their blistering GT2 RS lap time giving them the production car record earlier this week. But as the Green Hell gives rise to yet another record it takes one away. This time the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S is the loser as its 7min 59.8sec lap time has been destroyed an Italian SUV.
The Italian SUV in question is the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, and it ran the 12.9-mile Nordschleife in a physics-defying 7min 51.7sec to take the honour from the Germans.
This time is some 20 seconds shy of the one set by the much lower and less gravity-defying Giulia Quadrifoglio, showing the major difference between a very tall SUV and a far nimbler saloon car. The driver at the wheel of the Stelvio was Fabio Francia, who incidentally enough was also at the wheel of the Giulia so is clearly a bit handy at this record breaking business.
In this video, you can see the Stelvio is sporting a roll cage, and race-spec seat, these items according to Alfa Romeo UK were added for safety only and did not offer any performance enhancements for either chassis stiffness or weight reduction.
Don’t think for a second that getting this very big and very tall SUV around the Ring in this time is not an achievement, in recording the 7:51.7 it’s matched the far nimbler BMW M4 and is now amongst the top 100 fastest cars ever to tackle the 12.9-mile distance.
The biggest question is how long will Alfa Romeo retain this record for? With Porsche ‘s new Cayenne Turbo on the horizon, you’d fully expect the German carmaker to give it all in an attempt to best the Italian upstart sooner rather than later.
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