Nürburgring has a new SUV champion. The champ comes from Italy. More precisely, it’s the all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio. The awesome crossover managed to beat Porsche’s impressive Cayenne Turbo S, which set the record back in 2014. For those that don’t know, the most potent Cayenne crossed the ‘Ring for 7:59.7, but Alfa’s amazing high-riding vehicle lapped the former champion with ease needing just 7:51.7.
The result isn’t too surprising because the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio features the same engines as the Giulia Quadrifoglio. The awesome sedan is also Nürburgring champion with 7:32. Both cars are using the same 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 capable of delivering 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. The power comes via an ultra-precise 8-speed automatic transmission, which shifts in 150 milliseconds when is in Race mode. We have to mention that the SUV has a big power disadvantage compared to the biggest rivals, but the fantastic and fanatic test driver Fabio Francia managed to squeeze the last atom of power from the powertrain, moving the SUV almost perfect.
Still, we have to spoil the celebration, because Porsche prepares its new generation Cayenne, which is going to use a 680-hp Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid powertrain under the hood of the topping version. This kind of power will probably be enough for the first place.