Alfa Romeo has unseated the Porsche Panamera and its recent Nürburgring sedan record, beating the Panamera’s (7:38) time by 6 seconds on September 8, 2016.
The Giulia Quadrifoglio 8 speed automatic, driven by Alfa test driver, Fabio Francia, lapped in 7:32, also beating out a previous time of 7:39 by a Quadrifoglio with a manual transmission. This now makes the Alfa the fastest sedan on the Nürburgring.
The name “Quadrifoglio” was first used in 1923 when a four leaf clover was painted on the hood of an Alfa race car. Since then, starting in the 1960s, the symbol has been used as sign of potency in road-going cars. The Giulia’s potency comes from an aluminum 2.9 liter 90 degree V6 biturbo engine, producing 505 HP, and 443 LB.FT of torque from 2500-5500 RPM.
The use of a combination of high strength steel, aluminum, and carbon fiber has produced a 7 LB (3.2 KG)/HP vehicle that can hurtle from 0-60 MPH in 3.8 seconds, topping out at 191 MPH (305 KM/H).
It is anticipated that Porsche will respond to this challenge as soon as its Panamera Turbo ‘S’ model becomes available.