Alfa Romeo Stelvio four-leaf Clover breaks Nürburgring SUV lap record

Alfa Romeo has broken the lap record at the Nürburgring for the Suv, with the new Stelvio four-leaf Clover mark in a time of 7:51.7.

This usurps the previous lap record holder, the Range Rover Sport SVR, which lapped the circuit in 8:14.

The Stelvio time is equal to those of the BMW M4 in 2015 and ranks among the top 100 road cars to ever post a lap time. It is a recognition that the brand hopes will mark it out from a flourishing sport SUV segment, with the current and upcoming rivals such as BMW X3, Audi Q5 RS, Jaguar F-Pace SVR and the Porsche Macan Turbo, all vying for supremity.

The four-leaf Clover would have paid an additional minute and six seconds to be the fastest road car the car around the ‘Ring, but it is only eight seconds, with the Honda Civic Type R 7:43.8 time – the fastest front-wheel drive lap of the track.

The Stelvio four-leaf Clover is 39bhp down on the Range Rover Sport SVR, but its weight in running order, of more than 600 pounds of SVR, has made all the difference.

It is the second Nürburgring record published in the number of days: Porsche set the production road car record with the 911 GT2 RS, achieving a time of 6:47.3 – more than a minute and four seconds faster than the Stelvio four-leaf Clover.