The Nurburgring SUV lap-time crown belongs to the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S…for now
The importance of Nurburgring records is a divisive issue in the automotive world. Some regard the 'green hell' as the ultimate test of a car wanting to prove its performance, others see it as a pointless exercise which can ruin the road-composure of production cars. One thing we can all agree on is getting a high-riding SUV weighing over two tonnes around the Nordschleife in 7 minutes and 49.369 seconds is a supremely impressive feat.
The previous record holder, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, managed 7 minutes and 51.7 seconds in 2017 and with sporty SUVs more popular than ever it was only a matter of time until it was beaten.
The 503hp twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 in the GLC 63 S is actually slightly less powerful than the Stelvio's 505hp twin-turbo 2.9-lire V6. But the German car's higher displacement means there's a massive amount of difference in terms of torque. The GLC 63 S offers up 516lb ft compared to the Stelvio's 443lb ft - a clue as to how the GLC nabbed SUV the 'ring record.
The GLC's fully variable torque distribution, rear axle locking differential and high-performance ceramic composite braking system were also big factors in conquering the Nordschleife's 154 corners.
So what now? Well you can rest assured the GLC 63 S' 'ring record will be under threat soon. Lamborghini's 'super-SUV' Urus would be a good bet for besting the current record and the coming Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid could prove it's performance credentials there too.