The stars of the Alfa Romeo stand at this week’s Geneva motor show will be the new Nürburgring Editions of the Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV and Giulia Quadrifoglio saloon models. They have been created to celebrate the records recorded by Alfa Romeo on the legendary German race track.
The Stelvio Quadrifoglio currently holds the record for the fastest SUV in its segment, with a lap time of 7 minutes, 51.7 seconds. How relevant this statistic is to anyone actually buying a mid-size SUV is highly debatable, but for the record, the Alfa is currently the fastest.
Similarly, the Giulia Quadrifoglio is the current record-holder for standard production four-door saloons, with a lap time of 7 minutes 32 seconds. Both cars are powered by the same 2.9-litre V6 twin-turbo engine that was totally not developed by sister brand Ferrari, and totally not related to the 2.9-litre V6 twin-turbo engine of identical dimensions that used to live under the bonnet of the Ferrari California T. Pure coincidence, apparently.
Just 108 of each model will be made, to commemorate 108 years since ALFA (Anonima Lombardia Fabbrica Automobili, or Lombardy car manufacturing company) was founded in Milan. The new limited editions have a numbered badge in the carbon fibre dashboard insert and are available in an exclusive Circuito Grey colour.
Building on the standard Quadrifoglio specification, the “NRING” special series models include carbon-ceramic brakes, Sparco racing seats with red stitching and carbon shell structure, Mopar automatic transmission knob with carbon insert, leather and Alcantara steering wheel with carbon inserts as standard.
The front badge and the mirror caps are made of carbon fibre, as are the side skirt inserts, while tinted windows, active cruise control, Harman Kardon premium audio package, and Alfa’s top-spec infotainment and satnav system complete the package. The Giulia version also includes a new bare carbon roof.