By Mike Torpey on 2017-10-02 - Driving Force news editor and responsible for organising our daily output. He was staff motoring editor of the Liverpool Echo for 20 years.
Stelvio king of the
THE Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio has set the new benchmark for a production SUV at Germany's legendary Nurburgring circuit, lapping the 12.9 mile Nordschleife in a record 7 minutes 51.7 seconds.
The new time is a full eight seconds faster than the previous production SUV record.
Italian Fabio Francia, the same driver who previously set the fastest Nurburgring track record for four-door saloons in the Giulia Quadrifoglio with a lap time of 7 minutes and 32 seconds, was behind the wheel.
The range-topping Stelvio is powered by a direct-injection 2.9-litre 24-valve Twin-Turbo intercooled V6 engine, developing 510bhp and paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission with specific settings for shifting in just 150 milliseconds in Race mode.
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