THE dust had barely settled on Porsche’s record on the Nurburgring’s Nordschleife circuit when Alfa Romeo did something similar with the soon-to-arrive Stelvio Quadrifoglio.

Alfa has claimed the title of world’s fastest production SUV, after lapping the devilish 20.6km track in 7 minutes 51.7 seconds, eight seconds faster than the previous record – the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S.

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

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

The Stelvio Quadrifoglio 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 24-valve twin-turbo intercooled V6, delivering 380kW, paired with the standard Q4 all-wheel-drive system and an eight-speed automatic transmission.


Bill Buys, probably Australia’s longest-serving motoring writer, has been at his craft for more than five decades. Athough motoring has always been in his DNA, he was also night crime reporter, foreign page editor and later chief reporter of the famed Rand Daily Mail. He’s twice been shot at, attacked by a rhinoceros and had several chilling experiences in aircraft. His experience includes stints in traffic law enforcement, motor racing and rallying and writing for a variety of local and international publications. He has covered countless events, ranging from world motor shows and Formula 1 Grands Prix to Targa tarmac and round-the-houses meetings. A motoring tragic, he has owned more than 90 cars. Somewhat of a nostalgic, he has a special interest in classic cars. He is the father of Targa star Robert Buys, who often adds his expertise to Bill’s reviews.