Hooray, the wait is finally over! The Alfa Romeo Stelvio has been unveiled in LA in its highly desirable Quadrifoglio form and its insanely quick.
In similar fashion as with the Giulia, Alfa Romeo has launched its first crossover in the Quadrifoglio-flavor. Powered by the same 510 horsepower V6, presented with almost the same looks and in the same colour, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio has finally arrived after years of teasing. Its size? 4680mm in length, 1650mm height and a wide 2160mm track.
“The reason people will buy our mid-sized SUV is because they will get blown away by the driving dynamics. Every car Alfa makes must stand apart for that reason, and this car will not disappoint.” – Reid Bigland
Don’t be fooled by the car’s similarities to the Giulia however, the Stelvio is equipped with a Q4 AWD system and not a RWD setup. This system pushes all the torque towards the rear-wheels in normal conditions but can switch to a 50/50 setup, via a set of clutches in its rear differential, when needed. Allowing for its insane zero to a hundred time of just 3.9 seconds, the new 8-speed automatic also helping a hand.
But it does more than just effectively accelerate, Alfa Romeo claims that the Stelvio will set itself apart from the competition by the way it drives. Many years of devolvement have gone into this, as we found out in our attempt to chase one in the Eifel in 2015. Double wishbones upfront and its massive track of over 2 meters should give you an indication of what this thing can do.
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio’s engines are currently very limited but are expected to grown in a similar fashion as it did with the Giulia. In fact, the Stelvio will eventually benefit from the exact same engines, diesel and petrol alike. But those versions won’t come with ceramics, a screaming V6 or a carbon driveshaft. No, that’s only for the sexy Stelvio Quadrifoglio, a car on a mission to give Alfa Romeo a comfortable foothold in the States. And what better way to do it than with a crossover?