We were chuffed when Alfa Romeo made its return to North America back in 2014. But for a successful comeback, you need to make a splash big enough to grab everyone’s attention. Cars and pop stars have a lot in common that way. So consider this Alfa Romeo’s Lemonade: the automaker’s Stelvio Quadrifoglio has secured the title of fastest production SUV in the world.
With Fabio Francia behind the wheel, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio recently lapped the world famous Nürburgring in a scorching seven minutes and 51.7 seconds. That’s a full eight seconds faster than the previous record holder, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, clearing the German track quicker than any other production SUV in existence. It’s actually the second record set by Francia for Alfa at Nürburgring. Previously the Giulia Quadrifoglio set the record for the fastest four-door production car at seven minutes and 32 seconds.
The Stelvio Quadrifoglio embodies everything the century-old Italian brand prides themselves on: craftsmanship, passion, innovation, and performance. Under the hood is an all-aluminum, 2.9-litre, Twin-Turbo intercooled V6 producing 510 horsepower. The engine was designed specifically to enhance the all-new lightweight Alfa Romeo architecture. Lightweight materials plus a beastly engine apparently make the winning combo.
We’ll keep you posted on what else Alfa Romeo breaks in the future — chances are it won’t be this winning streak.