Talk about being able to tick off a few boxes on the new vehicle wish list: bringing home a vehicle that delivers practicality on the outside (think hi honey, I’m home, look what I bought for us and the kids), and is totally sports car under the hood (for me, for me)! Introducing the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, powering a 505 horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 engine that delivers 0-100 kmh in just 3.6 seconds.
The Stelvio recently earned the record for quickest lap by an SUV on the Nürburgring race track, making it the fastest SUV in the world. Top speed, according to Alfa Romeo, is a whopping 285 kmh. So, yes maybe you are driving an SUV, but you are driving…the fastest SUV in the world. Totally palatable, totally defendable to all your sports car friends. It looks powerful yet sleek, and you can fit kids, dogs, strollers into it and still look cool. Besides, anyone in the car beside you giving you a sympathetic glance at a red light can be left in the dust. Sweet. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio comes equipped with Q4 all-wheel drive, and navigates the tightest of corners via a double wishbone front suspension system that keeps its wheels perpendicular. The Alfa DNA Pro Drive Mode Selector enables the driver to switch driving modes on the fly, including a Race Mode option (I know, right??).
Alfa Romeo has utilized the latest technology to enable the Stelvio’s ability to perform at faster speeds. Rapid and accurate steering response is achieved via a built-in semi-virtual steering axis, and advanced torque vectoring is used to maintain traction and control. Given the speed in which the Stelvio can zip around, the ability to slow down and stop has been given due consideration. To this end, an advanced integrated braking system optimizes brake pedal pressure in combination with carbon ceramic Brembo high performance brakes to deliver braking distances that won’t leave your hair standing on end. The interior boasts the features you would expect from Alfa Romeo, including luxurious Alcantara® seats, column mounted power shifters, 8.8 inch color display, and a 14 speaker premium audio system by harman/kardon®
The price of all this speed and luxury, you ask? Starting at $85,000 USD. There is a build-your-own feature on their website and you probably can look to add to that price point.