Premiere: New Alfa Romeo Stelvio - The Fastest SUV on Nurburgring

Premiere: New Alfa Romeo Stelvio – The Fastest SUV on Nurburgring

Alfa Romeo has officially unveiled the new Stelvio at the Auto Show in Los Angeles. The first SUV in the
history of the Italian automaker was named in honor of the most spectacular mountain pass in Europe
which reaches an altitude of 2758 meters, with some 20 kilometers in length, 75 curves and incredible
natural landscapes.

Building on the Giorgio platform common with the Giulia model, the new Stelvio borrows from the sedan not just the technical underpinning but also the design language, being treated more like a Giulia hatchback than an SUV in its own right. The compact dimensions are almost identical to the Porsche Macan, the new Stelvio having a length of 468 cm, 216 cm wide (with mirrors) and a height of 165 cm.

The new SUV was unveiled at Los Angeles, in the Stelvio Quadrifoglio performance version, which differs by a more aggressive design, flared fenders, modified bumpers with generous air intakes, four finals for the exhaust system, 21-inch rims, and elements made of carbon fiber, as well as incisions on the hood, side sills and rear diffuser. On the front wings the Quadrifoglio leaf logo is located.

The interior of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is similar to the Giulia’s, while the Stelvio Quadrifoglio performance version uses inserts made of carbon fiber. The dashboard is lined in leather with contrasting red stitching, the sports seats have lateral support and carbon fiber structure, Recaro, and Connect 3D Nav multimedia system with an 8.8-inch display.

The Alfa DNA Pro system allows changing the driving regimes between Dynamic, Natural, Advanced Efficiency (for maximum efficiency) and Race (ideal for maximum performance).

In the Race mode, the ZF8-speed automatic transmission change gears in just 150 milliseconds. The gears can be changed using the aluminum shift paddles located on the steering wheel.

Under the hood of the Stelvio Quadrifoglio lies the same V6 BiTurbo engine with a displacement of 2.9 liters, developed together with Ferrari that develops 510 hp and 600 Nm of torque.

The new Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (96 km / h) in just 3.9 seconds and its top speed stands at 285 km / h. According to representatives from Alfa Romeo the new Stelvio Quadrifoglio is the fastest SUV on the Nurburgring being able to complete the track of nearly 21 kilometers in just 7 minutes and 59 seconds, making it faster than the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S!

To achieve performance on public roads and on the track, the new Quadrifoglio Stelvio is equipped with an all-wheel drive system, Q4, which normally transmits 100 percent of torque to the rear wheels. If the rear wheels start to lose grip, up to 50 percent of torque is transmitted to the front wheels. Moreover, the Torque Vectoring system distributes torque between the wheels on the rear axle for better grip in turns due to the two clutches inside the rear differential.

Alfa Romeo has confirmed that a four-cylinder turbo engine with a displacement of 2.0 liters, will offer 280 hp and a torque of 400 Nm on the Stelvio’s normal versions. This engine also will have automatic transmission in 8 steps and Q4 full traction.

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