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Watch: Alfa Romeo Stelvio flattens SUV Nurburgring record

Published: 29 September 2017

 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ring record
 Fastest SUV round Nurburgring
 Lap time of 7min 51.7sec 

Hold on to your hats! And your stomachs, and luggage... Alfa Romeo has claimed a new lap record of the Nurburgring in its new Stelvio crossover.

Yes, the world must have gone mad when car manufacturers chase such niches - but that's what Turin has gone and done.

How fast was the Alfa Romeo Stelvio around the Nordschleife?

The Stelvio Quadrifoglio set an eye-opening 7 minute 51.7 second laptime around the Nurburgring, making it the fastest production SUV ever around the 12.9-mile circuit.

It was driven by Fabio Francia, the same racer who set another Ring record in the Giulia QF in a time of 7min 32sec. Yes, the SUV was only 20 seconds slower than its four-door brethren...

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio at the Nurburgring

The Stelvio beat the previous SUV record set by the Range Rover Sport SVR by eight seconds; thank the twin-turbo 2.9-litre V6 developing 503bhp and 443lb ft of torque and the ceramic Brembo brakes, which must've taken quite a punishing hauling this 4x4 down from its lofty 177mph top speed.

It's been quite a week for Ring records: earlier Porsche confirmed the GT2 RS was the fastest 911 yet around the Nordschleife.

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By Tim Pollard

Editorial director of CAR's digital publishing arm. Motoring news magnet

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