Alfa Romeo has broken the record for the fastest SUV round the Nürburgring, lapping the 12.9-mile track in 7:51.7 with its new Stelvio Quadrifoglio.

The Stelvio is the Italian company's first production SUV and it joins the firm's Giulia saloon as a Nürburgring record-breaker. The Giulia Quadrifoglio previously broke the record for the fastest four-door saloon on the track, with Italian driver Fabio Francia behind the wheel for both runs.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio sets Nurburgring SUV record

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The record beats the previous benchmark, set by the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, by eight seconds.

The Stelvio Quadrifoglio features a 2.9-litre 24-valve twin-turbo intercooled V6 engine, good enough for 503bhp and 443lb ft of torque. The engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission which can change gear in just 150 milliseconds in Race mode.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio sets Nurburgring SUV record

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The Quadrifoglio also employs a host of weight-saving techniques including a carbonfibre driveshaft, and aluminium architecture and engine. Carbonfibre seats are also available as a weight-reducing option. The car also includes a four-mode Alfa DNA Pro driving mode selector with Race mode, torque-vectoring differential, Quadrifoglio-tuned adaptive suspension and cylinder deactivation to save fuel during those calmer spots of driving.

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is available in UK dealerships now with the range-topping Quadrifoglio joining the lineup in 2018.

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  • Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio laps the iconic Nürburgring circuit in a record 7minutes 51.7 seconds
  • Fastest time ever posted by a production SUV
  • Powered by a 2.9 V6 Twin-Turbo 510hp engine, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio boasts state-of-the-art technologies and Q4 all-wheel drive
  • Alfa Romeo now holds two Nürburgring lap time records with its high-performance models: Giulia Quadrifoglio and Stelvio Quadrifoglio

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio has set the new benchmark for a production SUV at Germany’s legendary Nürburgring circuit, lapping the epic 12.9 mile Nordschleife in a record 7 minutes 51.7 seconds. This new time is a full eight seconds faster than the previous production SUV record.

Italian driver Fabio Francia set the blistering lap record, the same driver who previously set the fastest Nürburgring track record for four-door saloons in the Giulia Quadrifoglio with a lap time of just 7 minutes and 32 seconds.

Alfa Romeo’s first ever production SUV, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio stands out thanks to its distinctive Italian style, advanced technology, innovative engines and excellent power-to-weight ratio.

The Stelvio Quadrifoglio extensively integrates lightweight, state-of-the-art materials, such as a carbon fibre driveshaft, to deliver segment-leading torsional rigidity, direct steering and a perfect 50/50 weight distribution.

The range-topping high-performance SUV is powered by an all-aluminum, direct-injection 2.9-litre 24-valve Twin-Turbo intercooled V6 engine, delivering 510hp and 600Nm of torque, which is coupled with the Q4 all-wheel-drive system. The engine is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission with specific settings for shifting in just 150 milliseconds in Race mode.

Designed to enhance the all-new lightweight Alfa Romeo architecture, the all-aluminium 2.9-litre V6 Twin-Turbo engine features a compact 90-degree layout and was holistically designed for a low centre of gravity within the chassis.

Advanced technology features unique to the Stelvio Quadrifoglio include a four-mode Alfa DNA Pro selector with Race mode, torque vectoring differential, Quadrifoglio-tuned adaptive suspension and cylinder deactivation to maximise fuel efficiency.

A number of ultra-high performance options will be available on the Stelvio Quadrifoglio, including Ultra-lightweight carbon fibre shell Sparco racing seats, providing maximum lateral support during extreme cornering, and designed to be the lightest in the segment while providing comfort for long road trips and ultra-high-performance, and a Brembo carbon-ceramic material (CCM) brake system.

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio range is now available in UK dealerships and the range-topping Stelvio Quadrifoglio will join the line up in the UK in 2018.