The SUV segment just keeps on growing. Now Alfa Romeo presents us with its contribution to the exploding segment.
The automaker took the wraps off the new Stelvio SUV this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. And of course, being Alfa Romeo, dubbed it the fastest SUV ever. That claim certainly seems likely. The Stelvio boasts a 0-60 mph time of 3.9-seconds. It offers a top speed of 177 mph. Alfa Romeo doesn’t stop there either. It also claims the SUV will be the fastest ever to drive the Nürburgring. We look forward to the results of that trip around the ring.
So here’s what the power numbers look like. The top trim Stelvio delivers 505-horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. This is thanks to a 2.9-liter bi-turbo V6 based off Ferrari specs.
The SUV gets its name of course comes from the famed driving roads of the same name. AKA the Stelvio Pass in the Italian Alps. So it simultaneously pays homage to its Italian roots while bragging about its driving ability. Nice one Alfa Romeo.
The 2.9-liter Ferrari engine comes with the top trim Quadrifoglio. It holds the place as the top of three trim levels. Below it are the base model and mid-level Ti. Both the lower models offer less power from a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. It has a top speed of 144 mph. Horsepower rates in at 280 with 306 lb-ft of torque.
Even if you opt for the base or Ti trims, you’re still getting an Alfa Romeo. The base alone comes standard with 18-inch wheels, dual bright tip exhausts, backup camera with rear park sensors, and power liftgate. Ti takes the wheels up to 19-inches.
In the cabin, the base trim comes standard with a Formula One-inspired flat-bottom steering wheel, leather seating, and push button start. The Ti adds wood accents and an 8.8-inch infotainment screen.
The top-of-the-line Quadrifoglio gets christened the “halo” model. Aside from the amazing engine it adds special performance suspension, brakes and wheels. The leather goes Alcantara. It includes leather on the steering wheel and instrument panel. It also gets flashes with accent stitching and carbon fiber trimmings.
The 2018 Stelvio will likely go on sale first in Europe early next year. It will then make its way to the States.