Italian automobiles possess an undeniable flair about them which can be regarded as flamboyant, slightly based on its colour. Regardless of colour, when it has to do with an Italian automobile, people see, and that is precisely what they did anyplace I drove the latest Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio (QV), that’s the performance variant of this brand new Italian crossover monster.
The special styling of this Alfa Romeo lineup, including the brand new Giulia sedan) is refreshing for our American shores) Praising that the FCA new for reintroducing Alfa Romeo to people was an ongoing attempt of these in-the-know because the on-rails 4C was released and later the Giulia sedan, and today, a Stelvio crossover to appease the masses.
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio, first introduced a couple of decades back as a 2018 version year, basically elevates the Giulia automobile, vertically. By carrying what’s adored about the specific Giulia automobile and basically forming it into a crossover utility vehicle with its high ride height and big cargo area, is a fantastic transfer by FCA. Furthering that a fantastic move is your concept of carrying the road-thrashing Giulia Quadrifoglio and all that is exotic and arrival that a Stelvio Quadrifoglio, which comprises basically the exact same powertrain just with all-wheel-drive.
Powered by what’s very similar to Ferrari’s V8 engine just less two cylinders, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio gets one of the best V6 engines on the current market, a twin-turbo 2.9-liter device which begs you to market it into its redline and outside to extract all its 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. ) Zero to 60 miles comes in the fast, roughly 3.6 seconds should you power-brake from this hole. Unfortunately, there isn’t any launching manner, which might benefit the Stelvio Quadrifoglio because of it with a little turbo lag.
The Italian stallion-derived motor at the Stelvio Quadrifoglio is a masterpiece that is only hindered by a flavor of turbo lag till you reach around two,500 rpm. Once things get going, the engine purrs while the 8-speed automated transmission fires of fast changes followed with a fluttering pipe notice. Everything concerning the motor which I enjoyed a couple of decades ago in forcing the Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio trims yields just with a few interior enhancements and refreshing.
For that the 2020 version year, Alfa Romeo creates a couple of improvements on the interior of this Stelvio Quadrifoglio. There are a few welcomed standard technology features currently included, along with also the infotainment system is upgraded with a fresh 8.8-inch touchscreen apparatus. Also, the brand new Stelvio Quadrifoglio has some distinctive treatments with single-lined green-accented stitching during alongside white sewing which subtlety adds additional Italian touches to remind you you’re in something particular — and that it’s. Otherwise, a lot of what was introduced to its Stelvio stays for its 2020 model season, for example its sharp steering, promising driving personality, engine, fantastic ride quality with all the suitable adaptive damper configurations, and four exceptional drive manners as part of its “DNA” Pro Drive Modes (Dynamic, Natural, and Advanced Efficiency). Also, there is a Race drive mode which disables grip and stability control and sets the dampers to an ultra-firm setting. For that the 2020 version year, I’d notice Alfa Romeo enabled the Dynamic way to start up the exhaust system baffles to get a steady stream of its intoxicating sound at any given RPM. Normally, the exhaust opened in Race manner and throughout close full throttle applications. Now, it is wonderful to have the numerous active security features on from the Dynamic drive style but nevertheless like the exhaust opened at all times. Race style was somewhat dicey since it handicapped EVERYTHING, and it had been only you, the 4,300-lb Stelvio Quadrifoglio, and four Italian powered wheels wrapped with Pirelli P-Zero rubber implanted on sidewalk.
The one downfall of this Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio stays, and that’s the braking feel. The brake-by-wire system fails to supply any good pedal feel and can be rather a mixed bag once you nearly come to a halt — or if you quit then release the pedal. The pedal feels dreadful, and there’s absolutely no mention of involvement to learn, and it is a shame since the braking is very powerful, much more so in my test vehicle being outfitted with the optional $8,000 Brembo Carbon Ceramic brakes.
Pushing that the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio will not offer you the EPA fuel economy estimates, that can be only 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. I saw a fine 14.9 mpg on average but on the street, only cruising in the speed limit, I managed to match the 23 mpg getting only over for a mean of 23.8 mpg. But what is the pleasure in cruising at the speed limit?
The upgrades for its 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio are welcomed, and I am glad that a fantastic formulation has been abandoned to its paces using its accurate Italian roots at the powertrain. The Italian styling just adds to the allure of this Stelvio Quadrifoglio using its 20-inch cast 5-hole silver wheels. They look very amazing, and Italian, contrasting with my test car’s Misano Blue Metallic Paint.
Pricing for your own Stelvio Quadrifoglio begins at $80,445 but may quickly grow higher to approximately $95,690 if you load it up as if my test vehicle, that comprises the exceptional paint colour, Package 25P for every one the active security goodies, and ability to read traffic signals, a dual-pane sunroof, heated second-row chairs, carbon fiber and Alcantara-trimmed steering wheel, safety and convenience bundle, wireless charging pad, along with also the carbon-ceramic brakes.