Alfa Romeo Stelvio sets new SUV speed record

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio has lapped the iconic Nürburgring circuit in a record 7 minutes and 51.7 seconds, the fastest time ever posted by a production SUV and a full eight seconds faster than the previous production SUV record.

Alfa Romeo says that powered by a 2.9 litre V6 twin turbo 510hp engine, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio boasts state-of-the-art technologies and Q4 all-wheel drive. Alfa Romeo now holds two Nurburgring lap time records with its high-performance models: the Giulia Quadrifoglio and Stelvio Quadrifoglio.

Italian driver Fabio Francia set the blistering lap record, the same driver who previously set the fastest Nurburgring track record for four-door saloons in the Giulia Quadrifoglio. The 22km Nurburgring racetrack in Germany features over 150 turns and its sharp crests, blind corners, and fast downhill sections push both driver and car to the limits.

Alfa Romeo boasts that their first ever production SUV, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio stands out thanks to its distinctive Italian style, advanced technology, innovative engines and excellent power-to-weight ratio. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio integrates lightweight, state-of-the-art materials, such as a carbon fibre driveshaft, to deliver segment-leading rigidity, direct steering and a perfect 50/50 weight distribution.

The range-topping high-performance SUV is powered by an all-aluminum, direct-injection 2.9-litre 24-valve twin turbo V6 engine, delivering 510hp and 600Nm of torque, which is coupled with the Q4 all-wheel-drive system.

The engine is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission with specific settings for shifting in just 150 milliseconds in Race mode. Advanced technology features unique to the Stelvio Quadrifoglio include adaptive suspension and cylinder deactivation to maximise fuel efficiency.

A number of ultra-high performance options will be available on the Stelvio Quadrifoglio, including lightweight carbon fibre Sparco racing seats and a Brembo carbon-ceramic material (CCM ) brake system.

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio range is now available in Ireland and the range-topping Stelvio Quadrifoglio will join the line up in the Ireland in 2018.

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