Alfa Romeo Stelvio sets new SUV lap record

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Nurburgring SUV lap record

Seven minutes and fifty one seconds. That’s all it took for Alfa Romeo‘s new SUV to lap the Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit.

The Italian company now boasts that the Stelvio is the world’s fastest production SUV, eclipsing the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S which set a ‘Ring time of 7:59.7 back in 2014.

The key to its outstanding pace is the 2.9-litre V6 which has two turbochargers, producing 510hp. Not bad for an off-the-shelf number.

Also helping is the judicious use of lightweight materials to offset heavier ones, creating the perfect 50:50 weight distribution.

Options fitted included ultra-lightweight carbon-fibre shell Sparco racing seats and high-performance Brembo carbon-ceramic material (CCM) brakes.

But there is a bit of controversy surrounding the Stelvio QV’s lap. You can watch a video of the Stelvio’s run below, and according to Jalopnik, the video appears to be edited.

The lap is said to have had a few cuts, while the Stelvio “seems to teleport around parts of the ring in ways that defy physics.”

There are a couple of videos added into Jalopnik’s article to prove its point, and it’s worth checking out.

Italian driver Fabio Francia was the one behind the wheel of its record run, and while no-one has publicly denied or confirmed a video edit, nor that the record doesn’t stand, it’s likely that if it is authentic, it won’t stand for long.

Both Land Rover and Mercedes-Benz are in the running to set a new SUV lap record.

Land Rover has been spied sending its Range Rover Velar SVR around the ‘Ring, and not just for evaluation purposes, while Merc used some time it had to whip the GLC 63 S around the Nordschleife to possibly set a lap time.

Both companies haven’t made any announcements regarding a lap record attempt, but we’re sure there will be some news very soon.

In the meantime, the company has determined that some of its Stelvio QV models have been running a little hot.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one of the coolant hoses could possibly develop a leak, which can lead to the engine overheating. In such a high-powered vehicle, the only way to prevent overheating is to shut it down, which effectively leads to its stalling.

The NHTSA says that the cooling hose doesn’t have enough webbing on it to keep it from leaking, which means the vehicle has had to be recalled. Stalling SUVs are never fun.

So far, FCA says that there are only 674 vehicles in the United States that have been affected, and thankfully the replacement is an easy one. Simply take it into a dealer and they’ll replace it free of charge.

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