We'll give you a hint: it doesn't start with a “P” or end with a “orsche”
Stop us if this sounds familiar: a German automaker (based in Stuttgart, no less) brings one of its most powerful vehicles to the Nürburgring and sets a new lap record. Seems like we've heard this before, but this time it's Mercedes, not Porsche, that's claimed the crown.
Not the outright lap record, or even the record for the fastest production car, but for the fastest production SUV ever to round the Nordschleife. And that honor now belongs to the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S, which managed the long and winding journey in 7 minutes and 49.369 seconds.
That, for those keeping score, is over two seconds quicker than the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio that has held the record until now, having lapped the infamous circuit in 7:51.7 last year. And it's nearly two minutes faster than the Skoda Kodiaq RS that claimed the record for the fastest seven-seater this past summer.
The production SUV category isn't the first such crown that Mercedes has claimed, after its GT 63 S four-door coupe rounded the 'Ring in 7:25.41 just last month to claim the record for the fastest four-seater (even though it's slower than the Jaguar XE SV Project 8).
As for Benz's cross-town rival, the fastest one of its SUVs has ever lapped the Nordschleife was 7:59.74, set three years ago in a Cayenne Turbo S. But Porsche is still the undisputed King of the Ring, holding not only the outright record with its 919 Evo prototype, but the production-car record as well with the 911 GT2 RS – though the pundits (and its own sister company Lamborghini) have a thing or two to say about that, since the car was modified by Manthey-Racing.