Alfa Romeo Giulia QV posts new Nurburgring lap record (video)

The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio (QV) has set a new sedan lap record at the Nürburgring, bettering Porsche’s recent record by seven seconds.

Alfa Romeo Giulia QV Nurburgring record

The Giulia Quadrifoglio, equipped with a 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 producing 375kW/600Nm, ran the record-setting pace in 7:32 with test driver Fabio Francia behind the wheel, bettering the new Porsche Panamera Turbo’s 7:38 lap.

Alfa and Porsche have been locked in this battle for quite some time now, with the new Panamera Turbo recently setting a record time of 7:38, successfully bettering the record thrown down earlier by the Giulia QV’s manual variant.

Despite the rivalry, the Giulia QV and Panamera share a very similar same eight-speed transmission, however, the Giulia’s gearbox is fitted with an eight-speed ZF auto with a torque converter, while the Panamera uses a dual-clutch named PDK II.

Philippe Krief, a man who helped in the development of the Ferrari 458, was head of the Giulia QV’s development and ultimately its record-setting time at the ‘Ring. The powertrain is closely related to the Ferrari 488 GTB’s V8 unit, with power sent to the rear wheels via a torque-vectoring differential.

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We’ll have to wait and see if Porsche decides to try and better the time once again in this Italian vs German battle for Nürburgring supremacy.

Alexi is a contributing news journalist and junior road tester at PerformanceDrive. He has a passion and appreciation for the engineering in cars, as well as new technologies that lessen the impact on the environment. His dream cars are an M3 to drive to work, and a LaFerrari for the weekend.