Pinjarra Murray Times - - DRIVEWAY -

THE dust had barely set­tled on Porsche’s record on the Nur­bur­gring Nord­schleife cir­cuit than Alfa Romeo did some­thing sim­i­lar with the StelvioQuadri­foglio.

Alfa has claimed the ti­tle of world’s fastest pro­duc­tion SUV af­ter lap­ping the dev­il­ish 20.7km track in 7m 51.7s – eight se­conds faster than the pre­vi­ous pro­duc­tion SUV record.

“We specif­i­cally en­gi­neered and de­signed the StelvioQuadri­foglio to set world-class bench­marks and it did not dis­ap­point,” Alfa Romeo chief Reid Bigland said.

“We’re proud to now hold two Nur­bur­gring lap time records, with the Gi­u­lia Quadri­foglio as the fastest four-door pro­duc­tion sedan and the StelvioQuadri­foglio as the fastest pro­duc­tion SUV.”

The StelvioQuadri­foglio claims to in­te­grate light­weight, state-of-the-art ma­te­ri­als that en­able and de­liver per­fect 50/50 weight dis­tri­bu­tion, seg­ment-lead­ing tor­sional rigid­ity, class-exclusive car­bon fi­bre drive­shaft and the most di­rect steer­ing avail­able.

The ul­tra-high per­for­mance SUV has an all-alu­minium, di­rect-in­jec­tion 2.9-litre 24valve twin-turbo in­ter­cooled V6, de­liv­er­ing 380kW, the Q4 all-wheel-drive sys­tem and eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

The su­per-quick StelvioQuadri­foglio.

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