If you haven’t already heard, Alfa Romeo has made it their mission to give the BMW M3 a run for its money.

The Giulia, powered by a twin-turbo v6 that’s good for 505bhp, it may have just done that. According to a potentially nonsensical report from an Italian journal, the Italian super-coupe just lapped the infamous Nurburgring in 7 minutes, 43 seconds, making it 9 seconds around the ring’ than the BMW M4.
There are a few reasons why this really doesn’t matter. First, BMW themselves never actually set that Nurburgring record. Rather, that BMW M4 record was set by Horst von Saurma, a Nurburgring specialist from a German magazine Auto Motor Sport. Alfa’s Nurburgring record was set by a team of specialists, standing by with the ability to swap tires and tweak and adjust suspension settings on the Giulia all day long until they get all the variables perfect. It was also done over weeks, giving them the ability to control everything right down to the temperature of the track.
Secondly, aside from Alfa not actually confirming this claim, we found this video of a lightly modified SEAT Leon Cupra keeping up with the Italian brute. While they were both driving in typical Nurburgring traffic, the 276bhp hot hatch isn’t exactly fast.