Who says practical vehicles can’t be fast? Or fun for that matter? Not Alfa Romeo. The Italian luxury marque has set a second world record. Following the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, which is the fastest production sedan in the world, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio earned the title of fastest SUV around the famed Nürburgring.
With a time of 7:51.7, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio muscled its way around the 12.9-mile circuit in lightning fashion, thanks to its 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine, borrowed from the equally quick Giulia Quadrifoglio.
What is the 7:51.7 time quicker than? Some notable supercars and other sports cars. The family-friendly crossover with a 505-horsepower heart outdoes the Ferrari F430, Lamborghini Gallardo, BMW M4 and the first-generation Ford GT. Let that sink in for a second, ladies and gents.
FCA is poised to spread the performance love, too. Recent reports peg the next-generation Dodge Journey to embrace performance and move to the Stelvio’s Giorgio platform. With this news, it likely puts the humble Dodge crossover next in line for a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine transplant. What a wonderful time to be alive.