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
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.