October 02, 2017 By C! Magazine Staff

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio claims title as quickest production SUV at the ‘Ring

This SUV is the new king of the ‘Ring

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 Nürburgring. 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 whopping eight seconds faster than the previous production SUV record.

“We specifically engineered and designed the Stelvio Quadrifoglio to set world-class benchmarks and it did not disappoint with a world-record Nürburgring lap time of 7 minutes and 51.7 seconds,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo. “We’re proud to now hold two Nürburgring lap time records with the Giulia Quadrifoglio as the fastest four-door production sedan and the Stelvio Quadrifoglio as the fastest production SUV.”

Powering the Stelvio Quadrifoglio is an all-aluminum, direct injection 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, delivering a best in class 505 bhp and 443 lb/ft of torque. The engine features a compact 90-degree layout and was holistically designed for a low center of gravity within the chassis. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio also features a class-exclusive carbon fiber driveshaft and the most direct steering available. All that power is transferred to the 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, and cylinder deactivation system to maximize fuel efficiency.

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