Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Alfa’s stylish Stelvio SUV

16 March 2018

ALFA Romeo has introduced a new range-topping version of its Stelvio SUV model, taking prices up to more than £70,000.

The Italian firm is claiming that its new Stelvio Quadrifoglio sets a new benchmark in the premium midsize SUV segment with a combination of awe-inspiring design, performance and technology.

The flagship Quadrifoglio is powered by a 2.9-litre V6 Bi-Turbo petrol engine, combined with an all-wheel drive system to offer a potent mix of performance, traction, driving dynamics and safety.

The engine achieves maximum power of 510bhp at 6,500rpm and maximum torque of 600Nm from 2,500 to 5,000rpm.

Mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, it reaches 60mph from rest in just 3.8 seconds with a top speed nudging 180mph.

Standard specification on the Quadrifoglio includes distinctive 20-inch alloy wheels with specifically profiled wheel arches, restyled rear diffuser, sports exhaust with four outlets and bi-xenon LED headlamps. Inside are a leather dashboard and door tops, leather and Alcantara seats, leather steering wheel, carbon fibre trim and stainless steel pedals. The centre of the dashboard is dominated by an 8.8-inch Alfa Connect infotainment system, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to replicate the smartphone environment on the on-board display.

Safety stuff includes advanced autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, integrated braking system, forward collision warning and a rear-view camera with guide lines.  There is also chassis domain control, active torque vectoring, active suspension system and Alfa DNA Pro with race mode.

The Stelvio Quadrifoglio costs from £69,500, which is about £35,000 more than the rear wheel drive entry model.

Four trim levels are available on models in the range, comprising Stelvio, Super, Speciale and a limited adition Milano Edizione. In addition to the high-performance 2.9-litre Bi-turbo there are two engine versions – a 2.2-litre 210bhp diesel and a 2.0-litre 280hp petrol, with an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard. 

The 2.0-litre 280bhp petrol AWD engine offers acceleration to 60mph in 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 145mph, with economy of 40mpg and a CO2 rating of 161g/km. The 2.2-litre 210bhp diesel AWD has a CO2 rating of 127g/km and economy of 60mpg with a top speed of 135mph and acceleration to 60mph in 6.6 seconds. 

There is a less powerful 2.2-litre diesel engine producing 180bhp in both all-wheel-drive or rear-wheel-drive, plus a 2.0-litre petrol engine with 200bhp and all-wheel-drive.

The entry-level Stelvio has 17-inch ten-spoke alloy wheels, LED rear lights and a double lateral chrome exhaust pipe. Inside, there is dual-zone climate control, a 3.5-inch TFT colour cluster instrument panel, 8.8-inch display infotainment system with DAB plus Bluetooth/AUX multimedia connectivity, an eight-speaker audio system and two front and two rear USB ports. A multi-function leather steering wheel is standard.

The Super version adds 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels and front parking sensors, an 8.8-inch infotainment system with 3D navigation featuring European maps and seven-inch TFT instrument cluster, plus a two-tone leather dashboard and leather and cloth upholstery.

Speciale versions get even larger 19-inch ten-spoke alloy wheels with red brake calipers, chrome window surround, Bi-Xenon 35W headlights and power-folding door mirrors. Inside there are heated front leather seats with six-way adjustment and four-way power lumbar controls. 

The Milano Edizione version costing from £43,990 offers sports leather seats, a ten speaker Sound Theatre, 20-inch V-Spoke alloy wheels, keyless entry and an Athermic windscreen.  Privacy glass with black gloss window surround, electrically adjustable and heated front seats and a rear-view camera with dynamic grid lines are also included.