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Alfa Romeo Stelvio claims fastest Nurburging SUV lap

by Justin King

The Italian sport \'ute has dethroned reigning champion Porsche Cayenne Turbo S by a full eight seconds.

Alfa Romeo claims its Stelvio Quadrifoglio is the fastest production SUV to ever lap the Nurburgring

With 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque from a twin-turbo V6, the halo Quadrifoglio edition lapped the 12.9-mile Nordschleife in 7 minutes 51.7 seconds.

The new benchmark dethroned Porsche's flagship SUV, the Cayenne Turbo S, with a full eight seconds to spare.

The record-setting Stelvio was helmed by Fabio Francia, the same driver who set a Nurburgring record for four-door sedans with the Giulia Quadrifoglio in 7 minutes 32 seconds.

The Stelvio Quadrifoglio package is scheduled to arrive in US showrooms early next year.