The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is brand’s first crossover SUV and with this model Italian carmaker brings plenty of style, refinement and driving enjoyment to the compact luxury class that is hard to match. Alfa will offer this impressive model in three versions, hovewer 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is almost a different model considering the level of features and high-performance tuning it brings.
The Quadrifoglio is track-oriented, ultra-performance crossover SUV which already redefined some boundaries. This model is currently the owner of the World’s Fastest Production SUV title as it overtopped the Nürburgring lap record so far held by the Cayenne Turbo S. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio improved Porsche’s score by 8 seconds but the Giulia Quadrifoglio on which platform the Stelvio is based, is also the owner of the lap record in the four-door sedan class.
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio: Design
Like all Stelvio models, the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is based on the Giorgio platform in which brand invested more than €1bn. This underpinning is also the base of the impressive Giulia sedan and will also make the foundation of many future Alfa and Maserati models. Aluminum is heavily used in model’s construction and subframes, fenders, doors and suspension elements are based on this element while the composite plastics is also integrated into some parts.
The modern and lightweight underpinning improves model’s performance and allows implementation of the newest technologies. However, the Stelvio is probably the best-looking crossover SUV on the road. The model adopts the Giulia sedan design language and it looks great from every angle. The curvaceous front end has brand’s signature grille combined with elongated headlights and sporty front bumper.
The profile sculpting is also attractive and beautiful Quadrifoglio wheel design also add to the impression. The rear also gets the attention with nicely accentuated taillights, muscular bumper and quad exhaust setup.
All Stelvio models are elegant and well equipped but the Quadrifoglio rises all to the next level. The model comes with the Italian leather upholstery with the contrasting stitching and Alcantara combinations. The steering wheel is also treated with the leather and model includes 12-way power seats. Buyer can also opt for the carbon fiber Sparco seats.
The driver-oriented dash is also nicely accentuated. But the model also comes with the 8.8-inch center display and 7-inch information display. The model also has all modern protection it can get. An array of advanced safety systems includes lane departure warning, forward collision warning, emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and automatic high beam.
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio: Performance
The style is, of course, secondary to performance, and the new ring legend has impressive power hardware capable to deliver impressive driving enjoyment. The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio has an all-aluminum 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine under the sculpted hood. The engine tops 505 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. It works in the combination with the 8-speed automatic transmission, high-performance suspension, a torque vectoring rear differential, etc. The model also has upgraded brakes but Brembo ceramic brakes are also available.
All Stelvio models come with the all-wheel drive. The Quadrifoglio also improves with the fourth Race mode added to basic Alfa DNA Drive Mode system.
Thanks to impressive powertrain components, the current king of the ring needs just 3.9 seconds for 60 mph. The top speed is 177 mph.
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio: Arrival, Price
Alfa will start delivering 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio in early 2018. The price of the model is still a mystery but it will likely reach $70k.