The sport utility speed wars continue.
Just ahead of its U.S. launch, the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio has claimed the title of world’s fastest production SUV, setting a new benchmark lap time at Germany’s legendary Nürburgring. Earlier this month, a Stelvio Quadrifoglio lapped the 12.9-mile Nordschleife (north loop) in a record 7 minutes 51.7 seconds—a full 8 seconds faster than the previous production SUV record.
The Stelvio Quadrifoglio record was established by Fabio Francia, the same Alfa Romeo driver who also set the track record for the fastest four-door sedan in the world on the Nürburgring with the Giulia Quadrifoglio in 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 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.”
The ultra-high-performance SUV features an all-aluminum, direct-injection, 2.9-liter, 24-valve, twin-turbo, intercooled V-6 engine, delivering a best-in-class 505 hp and 443 foot-pounds of torque, and a standard Q4 all-wheel-drive system.
Designed to optimize the all-new, lightweight Alfa Romeo architecture, the all-aluminum 2.9-liter V-6 twin-turbo engine features a compact 90-degree layout and was holistically designed for a low center of gravity within the chassis, the company reports. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio also features a class-exclusive carbon fiber driveshaft and direct steering.
Advanced technology upgrades include a four-mode Alfa DNA Pro selector with Race mode, torque-vectoring differential, Quadrifoglio-tuned adaptive suspension, Quadrifoglio instrument cluster with 200-mph speedometer and cylinder deactivation system to maximize fuel efficiency.
Ultra-high-performance options for Stelvio Quadrifoglio include ultra-lightweight, carbon fiber shell Sparco racing seats, and an ultra-high-performance Brembo carbon-ceramic material (CCM) brake system.