It's been a couple years since the last Nürburgring SUV lap record was set by the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, a quick time of 7 minutes and 59 seconds making it the first SUV to pull off a sub-8 minute time. The Cayenne's glory days are over, though, as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio just obliterated that time.

Alfa's wild SUV with its Ferrari-based 510-horsepower twin-turbo V6 managed to whip around the north loop of the 'Ring in just 7 minutes and 51 seconds. Not only does that make it 8 seconds quicker than the Cayenne, it's an insane 23 seconds faster than the Land Rover Range Rover SVR, the record holder before Porsche. The Stelvio also was working with a notable power disadvantage compared with the Cayenne and the Range Rover. The Porsche packed 565 horsepower, and the Land Rover had 542 horsepower.

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
  • Image Credit: Alfa Romeo
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
  • Image Credit: Alfa Romeo
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
  • Image Credit: Alfa Romeo
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
  • Image Credit: Alfa Romeo
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
  • Image Credit: Alfa Romeo
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
  • Image Credit: Alfa Romeo
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
  • Image Credit: Alfa Romeo
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
  • Image Credit: Alfa Romeo
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
  • Image Credit: Alfa Romeo


Alfa Romeo also got the whole lap on film, which you can view up above. The video also shows that the Stelvio had an aftermarket roll cage fitted for an extra layer of safety. Alfa didn't say anything about how that might affect performance or what may have been done to offset it. But as we always point out with these records, they shouldn't be taken too seriously, especially for the SUV segment, in which we can virtually guarantee no one will be attempting to replicate this lap time with their personal Stelvios.

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