Setting a lap record in the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

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It’s noted that a Porsche Cayenne Turbo is the only production SUV to lap the famous Brands Hatch Indy circuit in under 58 seconds. In this video, our man Paul Woodman, gets behind the wheel of a completely unmodified production 510hp Stelvio Quadrifoglio, powered by a 2.9-litre V6 Twin-Turbo engine, to try and set a new Brands Hatch fastest lap record.

Brands Hatch has been home to everything from Formula 1 to truck racing, but today Alfa Romeo are trusting us to test their track-honed SUV around the circuit – at a time where we are really thinking we should have brought Tiff Needell to show us the proper racing lines at Brands Hatch.

Will the SUV lap time last for many years, or will the likes of the Jaguar F-Pace SVR, Mercedes-AMG GLC63, Audi SQ5, Porsche Macan, or even the Lamborghini Urus take up the challenge and try and top the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio! Alfa Romeo and Stelvio are no strangers to record-breaking lap times. In 2017, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio set a new benchmark for production SUVs at Germany’s legendary Nürburgring circuit, lapping the epic 12.9mile Nordschleife in 7m51.7s, a full eight seconds faster than the previous production SUV record.

The Stelvio Quadrifoglio we drove was a standard car and is for sale in the UK from £69,510 OTR Many thanks to the whole Alfa team and in particularly David Brise for his words of wisdom.

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Nick Fox

Automotive Videographer, Photographer and general Car Enthusiast.