Just ahead of its North American 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 Nurburgring.
Earlier this month, a Stelvio Quadrifoglio lapped the 12.9-mile Nordschleife (north loop) in a record 7 minutes 51.7 seconds.
This new benchmark time is a full eight 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 just 7 minutes 32 seconds.
The heart and soul of this ultra-high-performance SUV is an all-aluminum, direct-injection, 2.9-litre 24-valve twin-turbo intercooled V-6 engine, delivering a best-in-class 505 hp and 443 lb/ft of torque, and a standard Q4 all-wheel-drive system.
Advanced technology features unique to the Stelvio Quadrifoglio include a four-mode Alfa DNA Pro selector with Race mode, torque vectoring differential, Quadrifoglio-tuned adaptive suspension, Quadrifoglio instrument cluster with 200 miles per hour (mph) speedometer and cylinder deactivation system to maximize fuel efficiency.