Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio… you just want to say it with an Italian accent and it sounds great. It’s an SUV, Sports Utility Vehicle, not a proper sports car but this one is blinkin’ mad.
Figures: 510hp, 600Nm torque, all-wheel drive, o-62mph in 3.8 seconds, top speed 176mph. And,it’s claimed to be the fastest SUV round Europe’s toughtest test circuit, the Nurburgring, with a time of 7 minutes 51.7 seconds.
The Stelvio Quadrifoglio has an aluminium 2.9-litre V6 bi-turbo petrol engine, developed with inputs from Ferrari. It delivers maximum power of 510hp at 6,500rpm and generates a maximum torque of 600Nm from 2,500 to 5,000rpm. It’s matched with an eight-speed automatic transmission that’s claimed to shift gear in just 150 milliseconds in Race mode.
Alfa then come sup with tech-speak for the all-wheel drive system which includes Alfa Chassis Domain Control (CDC) and Alfa Active Torque Vectoring.
CDC acts as the brain of the Stelvio Quadrifoglio, says Alfa, and coordinates all the car’s electronic systems. The system simultaneously assigns specific tasks to the various active systems, such as the Alfa DNA Pro selector, Q4 all-wheel drive, Alfa Active Torque Vectoring system, Alfa Active Suspension system and the ESC.
On paper at least, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio has the chassis credentials: a double wishbone system with semi-virtual steering axis, to optimise bump filtration and ensure quick, precise responses to steering inputs.
The rear suspension uses Alfa’s own four-and-a-half link Multilink system to deliver a combination of performance, driving pleasure and comfort, continues Alfa. An electronically controlled damping system adapts to driving conditions instantly and enables drivers to opt for performance-biased or comfort-oriented handling.
So, when is this beastie available… and price? Alfa Romeo UK says the Stelvio Quadrifoglio will arrive in the UK in summer 2018, with pricing and specification to be confirmed nearer the time.