Nurburgring lap times have been a source of bragging rights in the supercar would be for sporty sedans, hot hatches and other sports with sports pretensions.
But now it would seem to be the turn of the SUV to reach an impressively low lap time of the North Loop of the legendary track.
Alfa Romeo has been proudly trumpeting the Stelvio Quadrifoglio's 7 minutes 51.7 second lap time that handily eclipsed the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S's previous record time by more than 8 seconds, but recently Mercedes-AMG shaved a further two seconds off with the mighty GLC 63 S , dropping it to 7 minutes and 49.4 seconds.
The Alpha is powered by the Italian company's spectacular twin turbo 2.9-liter V6 version of the Ferrari F154 modular engine that also powers the Giulia Quadrifoglio and produces 375kW of power and 600Nm of torque. By way of comparison, the Giulia rips around the Nurburgring in 7 minutes and 32 seconds.
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The AMG, on the other hand, is a brutal 4.0-liter twin-turbo that also produces 375kW of power, but a heftier 700Nm of torque.
While it is easy to say that both are slower than the Honda Civic Type R (7: 43.8), it is a good idea to remember that both are also faster than some very serious cars from the last decade, including the 2014 F10 BMW M5 (7: 54.0), the 2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S (7: 52.1) and the 2008 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 (7: 51.8), as well as some proper legends from not all that far back , including the mighty 2004 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren (7: 52.0), the 2005 Ferrari F430 (7: 55.0) and the 1997 Lamborghini Diablo SV (8: 09.2).
For the GLC's record-setting run, AMG says that the company's development engineer, Markus Hofbauer, was at the wheel and that he was bettered at the previous record time by a competitor at his first attempt. Which is rather smug, even though it is correct.
Although Mercedes-AMG should not be too smug because while Lamborghini has said publicly that it is not all interested in the SUV Nurburgring lap times, the 478kW / 850Nm Urus is said to have cut some pretty impressive times there times. Although no official figures have ever been released, the Italian company has made noise on the idea of an official, but nothing has ever come out of it.
Perhaps the AMG's latest efforts could inspire them, after all, Lamborghini does not hold the current production record with the Aventador LP770-4 SVJ's shattering 6 minutes and 44.97 seconds lap, so chucking the urus around to them. May as well have the complete set, after all.