Alfa Romeo is set to bring the Stelvio Quadrifoglio to North America, but it ain’t gonna come cheap.
Alfa Romeo as a brand is still somewhat of a mystery here in the new world. The Italian car brand has a rich history in its native Italy and most of Europe, but here in the land of North America, Alfa Romeo is exotic and new.
It also doesn’t have the unfortunate reputation of being unreliable as it does in Europe. Unless you pay attention to European car news, in which case you’re definitely familiar with said reputation.
In any case, Fiat Chrysler has decided to bring over the “world’s fastest SUV”, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, starting in the second quarter of 2018. Why would you want an Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio? Well, as the quoted moniker made clear, this SUV is very, very fast.
Powered by a 2.9-L twin-turbo V6 which puts out a ludicrous 505 hp of 443 lb-ft of torque, this 3600 lb SUV is capable of reaching up to 177 mph. That’s pretty crazy for an SUV.
Even crazier is the sub-four-second zero-to-sixty time. And the fact that the Quadrifoglio can circle Germany’s infamous Nürburgring track in just seven minutes and 51.7 seconds.
This SUV is built more like a supercar than a utility vehicle. In the front are six-piston Brembo brakes to keep it from launching itself into orbit. Carbon fiber trim reminds you that this car could be faster if you decided to make the whole thing out of the lighter stuff, which you could do if you shelled out for the optional carbon fiber Sparco seats and carbon fiber ceramic brakes.
Adaptive suspension, which Alfa Romeo calls “AlfaLink,” keep the ride smooth with double wishbones in the front and aluminum multi-link setup in the rear.
Alfa DNA Pro ride selector software further tunes the suspension to the type of ride you like. There are four options: “Dynamic” to let the computer figure it out for you, “Natural” to have a smooth, boring drive, “Advanced Efficiency” to use the least amount of gas possible, and of course, “Race” for when you absolutely must get from point A to point B in the shortest time possible, something the Stelvio Quadrifoglio is eminently suited for.
But, as we mentioned, it won’t come cheap. According to Driving.ca, the fastest SUV will start at $95,000 Canadian, which will likely be closer to $77,000 USD.