Seven minutes, 42.253 seconds. That’s how long it takes the 592bhp Audi RS Q8 to lap the Nürburgring and it’s about seven minutes and 41 seconds longer than I cared about that particular fact.

But should I care? I mean, it is quite impressive, isn’t it? This is a hurdy great 4x4, after all. It must weigh two and a quarter tonnes and can probably also tow a horse box across a wet field. And as Aston Martin’s chief engineer, talking about the development of the new DBX SUV on these pages last week, said: “Developing these cars does make you a fan of them.”

And that’s because they’re just so hugely capable. More capable, I’d argue, than any other kinds of car on sale. Who’s to say sports cars should have the monopoly on setting fast lap times? A Porsche 911 GT3 RS is meant to be fast around the Nürburgring. The news would be not that it is fast, but if it wasn’t.

But a five-seat, five-metre-long, 1.7-metre tall off-roader? Well, that it can set ridiculous lap times is, strictly logically speaking, much more newsworthy. Marvel at what automotive engineers can achieve these days.