Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Review
We take a look at reviews of the latest Alfa Romeo, a new high performance ‘fastest-ever’ SUV - the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio.
At the start of November, Alfa Romeo released the first information the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio - a new top of the line variant offering remarkable performance. We took a deeper look and wrote a preview for the new model that you can read here. Since then anticipation for the release of the Quadrifoglio has been at an incredible high, with the promise of super-car performance in an SUV vehicle. So what is it actually like?
As a performance SUV, speed is what most are initially interested in. Alfa Romeo have made the claim that this is the ‘fastest-ever’ SUV, a claim that is based on setting a new lap record of 7 minutes and 51.7 seconds for an SUV at the infamous Nürburgring race track. This record improves the likes of the Porsche Macan Turbo and Mercedes-AMG GLC 63, which AutoCar have rightly stated is an undeniable achievement.
The more traditional performance figures also impress with a 0-62mph time of 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 176 miles per hour. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio is developed by the same division of Alfa that were responsible for the acclaimed Giulia Quadrifoglio. It also shares architecture with the same 2.9-litre, twin-turbo V6 engine that produces 503bhp and eight-speed auto gearbox.
The differences come from the Stelvio’s unique all-wheel drive system which ensure maximum traction. When the vehicle is driven normally 100% of the torque is sent to the rear wheels, however when circumstances require up to 50% of the torque is pushed forwards to stop the rear wheels from slipping.
Several driving modes are available to choose from, with reviewers suggesting that the favourable options are either the Race or Dynamic modes. These settings improves throttle response and the sharpness of gear shifts, whilst assists that stiffen stability are also loosened to make for a drive that is more engaging and suited to a performance SUV.
Overall - reviewers are heaping praise on the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio as a well balanced, high performance SUV that offers accurate steering, responsive breaking and a powerful engine that delivers an extraordinary driving experience. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio will not be available until summer of 2018, and there is currently no known list price. If you are looking to lease an Alfa Romeo in the mean time, take look at our offers.