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Alfa's hot-SUV has pulled a sub-8-minute lap of the Nurburgring, making it the fastest production SUV ever to lap the circuit.
The Stelvio Quadrifoglio has lapped the Nordschleife in 7 minutes and 51.7 seconds, a full eight seconds faster than the previous record holder. For reference, the Giulia Quadrifoglio managed a 7m 32s time with the same driver at the helm, Fabio Francia.
The range-topping high-performance SUV is powered by an all-aluminum, direct-injection 2.9-litre 24-valve Twin-Turbo intercooled V6 engine, delivering 380kW 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 a four-mode Alfa DNA Pro selector with Race mode, torque vectoring differential, Quadrifoglio-tuned adaptive suspension and cylinder deactivation to maximise fuel efficiency.
A number of ultra-high performance options will be available on the Stelvio Quadrifoglio, including Ultra-lightweight carbon fibre shell Sparco racing seats, providing maximum lateral support during extreme cornering, and designed to be the lightest in the segment while providing comfort for long road trips and ultra-high-performance, and a Brembo carbon-ceramic material (CCM) brake system.
The Stelvio also features gorgeous styled based on the Giulia sedan, which we don't think anyone will complain about.
The Stelvio range will arrive in New Zealand early next year, with the Quadrifoglio variant coming later in 2018.