Alfa Romeo launches a new mid-size SUV

Alfa Romeo bravely boasts its new Stelvio Quadrifoglio sets a new benchmark in the premium midsize SUV segment with its combination of awe-inspiring design, performance and technology.

Priced from €118,795, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio is powered by an innovative 2.9-litre V6 bi-turbo petrol engine, combined with the Q4 all-wheel drive system. In normal conditions, Alfa Romeo claims the Q4 system transfers 100 per cent of the torque to the rear axle. As the wheels approach their grip limit, the system transmits up to 50 per cent of the torque to the front axle in real time by means of a transfer case, the company claims.

The new Stelvio Quadrifoglio is equipped with the Alfa chassis domain control unit to deliver what Alfa says is the best performance at all times. The system simultaneously assigns specific tasks to the various active systems, such as the Alfa DNA Pro selector, Q4 all-wheel drive, the active torque vectoring system, as well as the active suspension system and the ESC.

The 2.9 V6 bi-turbo petrol engine in the Stelvio Quadrifoglio led the car to set a new lap record at the legendary Nurburgring. Delivering maximum power of 510hp at 6,500rpm, and generating a maximum torque of 600Nm from 2,500 to 5,000rpm, the car is capable of sprinting from zero to 100km/h in 3.8 seconds and on to a top speed of more than 283km/h. This helped it to achieve a lap time of just seven minutes 51.7 seconds. This power plant is teamed with a specifically calibrated eight-speed automatic transmission that allows gear shifts in just 150 milliseconds in Race mode.

Standard specification on the Stelvio Quadrifoglio includes 20-inch quadrifoglio alloy wheels with specifically profiled wheel arches, restyled rear diffuser, sports exhaust with four outlets and bi-xenon headlamps with LED DRL. Inside, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio comes as standard with 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 the 8.8-inch Alfa Connect infotainment system, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to replicate the smartphone environment on the on-board display.

Safety specification includes advanced autonomous emergency braking (AEB ), lane departure warning (LDW ), blind spot monitoring (DSM ), integrated braking system (IBS ), forward collision warning (FCW ) and a rear-view camera with guide lines. Alfa chassis domain control, Alfa active torque vectoring, as well as both its active suspension system and Alfa DNA Pro, with race mode, completes the standard set-up.

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