Alfa Romeo is again snatching a Nurburgring lap record away from Porsche – first it was the Giulia QV beating the Panamera for the four-door production cars, and now it’s the Stelvio trumping the Cayenne in the SUV category.
With a time of 7 minutes and 51.7 seconds, the previous generation Porsche Cayenne Turbo’s lap time has been enhanced by around eight seconds. The German automaker isn’t going to be overly sad about the timing – they did take the Nürburgring lap record for RWD production cars with the new 911 GT2 RS, and they also just presented the new generation Cayenne Turbo – which most likely was tuned to the limit on the storied Nurburgring Nordschleife. Meanwhile, Alfa Romeo visited the Green Hell with driver Fabio Francia who paced the Stelvio Quadrifoglio – he’s also the exact same driver that came up with the sedan ‘Ring record in the Giulia Quadrifoglio in 7 minutes and 32 seconds.
Naturally, the Stelvio is a long way from such a time – the 7 minutes and 51.7 seconds lap time is still great, though, even besting the internal aspirations of the company, which at the time of Stelvio’s introduction were targeting a lap in about 7:59. Aside from the upcoming menace from the range-topping Turbo S E-Hybrid specification for the Porsche Cayenne, there’s also the matter of the Lamborghini Urus for Alfa Romeo to worry about. Especially since Nurburgring lap records are posted on a regular basis these days and age.