The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio was recently put on road trials by International media personnel, for the first time.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio: Performance extraordinare
Built in aluminium, to reduce the car’s overall weight, especially on the front axle, the 2.9 Bi-Turbo petrol engines delivers maximum power of 510 HP at 6,500 rpm and maximum torque of 600 Nm from 2,500 to 5,000 rpm. What’s more, it is combined with the eight-speed automatic transmission with specific calibration.
The SUV’s performance is outstanding, acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds and best-in-class top speed of 283 km/h. But the Alfa Romeo sports SUV is also incredibly efficient in terms of emission and fuel consumption, thanks to its electronically controlled cylinder deactivation system and the “sailing” function, available in Advanced Efficiency driving mode.
For the first time, the 510 HP 2.9 V6 Bi-Turbo petrol engine is combined with the innovative Q4 all-wheel drive system, with its guarantees of unbeatable performance, traction, driving pleasure and safety in all situations. In normal conditions, the Q4 system transfers 100% of the torque to the rear axle. As the wheels approach their grip limit, the system transmits up to 50% of the torque to the front axle in real time, by means of an active transfer case.
The Q4 system continuously monitors numerous parameters to optimise torque distribution between the two axles according to what the car is doing and how much grip there is beneath the wheels. In normal conditions, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio with Q4 system acts like a rear-drive vehicle, with 100% of the torque sent to the rear axle. As the wheels approach their grip limit, the system transfers up to 50% of the torque to the front axle via a dedicated transfer case. To modulate torque distribution with the utmost speed, the system uses a high degree of mechanical overslip between the two axles, which translates into class-leading control in terms of traction and directional stability when cornering.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio with Alfa Chassis Domain Control
Stelvio Quadrifoglio is equipped with the exclusive Alfa Chassis Domain Control unit and is the only SUV in its class to provide differential Alfa Active Torque Vectoring as standard. Also standard equipment is the innovative Alfa Active Suspension, the system that continually, actively controls the suspensions and shock absorbers. Not to mention that Stelvio Quadrifoglio guarantees impeccable handing and comfort thanks to its suspension layout, with the exclusive AlfaLink technology: up front it has a double wishbone system with semi-virtual steering axis, with a four-and-a-half link Multilink system at the rear. In any situation and at all speeds, driving the Quadrifoglio SUV, with the most direct steering ratio on the market (12.1:1), is natural and instinctive.
The Stelvio Quadrifoglio is also equipped with the new Alfa DNA Pro selector, which modifies the car’s dynamic response according to which mode the driver selects: Dynamic, Natural, Advanced Efficiency (energy-saving mode) and Race (ideal for maximum performance).
Stelvio Quadrifoglio holds two best-in-class titles which make it the highest-performing SUV in its segment: with a kerb weight of 1,830 kg, the model boasts the best weight/power ratio in its category (3.6 kg/HP) and the best specific power (176 HP/l). Another special feature of Stelvio Quadrifoglio is the innovative electromechanical Integrated Brake System (IBS), an Alfa Romeo brand exclusive, which first appeared on the Giulia, which has become the new benchmark in terms of both swift response and stopping distance, on any road surface, and weight reduction compared to a conventional braking system. Meanwhile, high-performance carbon-ceramic discs will also be available as an option.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio: A view to thrill
In looks, Alfa’s latest SUV is sensual with a muscular car body. The new model’s most distinctive characteristics include the bonnet with structural vents to escape from the engine compartment, the sporty side-skirt and the massive wheel arches, all body-colored and the four exhaust tips.
The front-end of the Stelvio Quadrifoglio features the original grille with the familiar slots around the shield-shaped grille, together with “sinewy” surfacing and the “trilobo” motif with intercooler air vents at the side. The iconic, immediately recognizable “Trilobo” motif, and all the other parts specific to this version, have been designed to form a single whole: what Alfa Romeo deems as “Necessary Beauty”.
The side view is athletic, with the exquisite touch of the famous “quadrifoglio” four-leaf clover on the wheel arch. The overall dimensions are not particularly large: 470 cm long, 168 cm high and 216 cm wide, with its compact proportions expressing dynamism and strength. This sensation is emphasized by the wheel arch and the widespread use of the body color, heightening the impression of a car firmly anchored to the terrain. From the rear, the exhaust tips also give the impression of reaching out to the large-sized wheels. 20-inch in burnished alloy, with different tyres at the front and rear (an exclusive for this class), and lead the eyes towards the road.
Moving inside, the same sporty imprint, with a touch of typically Italian elegance, is found in the interior, which has been “tailored” like an exquisite bespoke suit, with painstaking craftsmanship and premium materials: carbon fiber, leather and Alcantara. And the center of the dashboard is dominated by the new Alfa Connect 3D NAV 8.8-inch infotainment system with CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
Furthermore, the driver-centric cabin takes up well-structured switches; a small, nimble steering; black seats in leather and Alcantara; a choice of red, white and green and dark grey seams; contrasting materials (leather, Alcantara and carbon fiber); and colored stitching, as well as dark pillars and the unique roof lining.