Fast SUV lapped the circuit in 7:51.7 – less than one minute off the pace of the Lamborghini Huracán Performante
Jimi Beckwith
28 September 2017

Alfa Romeo has broken the Nürburgring lap record for SUVs, with the new Stelvio Quadrifoglio clocking a time of 7:51.7. 

This usurps previous lap record holder, the Range Rover Sport SVR, which lapped the circuit in 8:14

The Stelvio’s time equals those of the BMW M4 in 2015 and places it among the top 100 road cars to ever post a lap time. It's an accolade that the brand hopes will mark it out from a burgeoning sports SUV segment, with existing as well as upcoming rivals like the BMW X3 M, Audi RS Q5, Jaguar F-Pace SVR and Porsche Macan Turbo all vying for supremity.

The Quadrifoglio would have to shed a further minute and six seconds to be the fastest road car car ever around the 'Ring but is only eight seconds off the Honda Civic Type R’s 7:43.8 time – the fastest front-wheel drive lap of the track

The Stelvio Quadrifoglio is 39bhp down on the Range Rover Sport SVR, but its kerb weight, some 600-plus kilos lighter than the SVR, gave it the edge. 

It’s the second Nürburgring record posted in as many days: Porsche set the production road car record with the 911 GT2 RS, achieving a time of 6:47.3 – more than one minute and four seconds quicker than the Stelvio Quadrifoglio. 

Our Verdict

Alfa Romeo Stelvio

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is as entertaining as the badge promises, combining enthusiastic thrust with enjoyable handling - but is it a good enough alternative to the Porsche Macan and Jaguar F-Pace?

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28 September 2017

There's gonna be some HUGE crashes when these massive SUV's start flying off the 'ring at full tilt....!!!!

29 September 2017
Agent Coulson wrote:

There's gonna be some HUGE crashes when these massive SUV's start flying off the 'ring at full tilt....!!!!

The Stelvio is only 75kg heavier than a Lamborghini Aventador, and the Lambo at "full tilt" would probably be going a darn sight faster.

 

3 October 2017

This article is broken.. no way you can anything other than page one of the comments... it just dumps you back here.

29 September 2017

Good to know; this is so relevant to my everyday SUV requirements!  I'd like to see who is fastest towing a two horse trailer.

29 September 2017
275not599 wrote:

Good to know; this is so relevant to my everyday SUV requirements!  I'd like to see who is fastest towing a two horse trailer.

Poor horses!!!!!

29 September 2017

They will just have to tough it out, like the dog in the back of the E63 AMG estate.

29 September 2017

At 7:59.74 secs. And JLR had to quickly 'ammend' their claim of the world's fastest SUV.....

29 September 2017

Sounds like it, unless the mic is in a biscuit tin. A roll cage has been fitted too. Hardly production spec.

29 September 2017

Sounds like it, unless the mic is in a biscuit tin. A roll cage has been fitted too. Hardly production spec.

29 September 2017
Cobnapint wrote:

Sounds like it, unless the mic is in a biscuit tin. A roll cage has been fitted too. Hardly production spec.

Sounds to me like the mic is outside the car.

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