Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV Finally Revealed in Sexy Quadrifoglio Form

Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV to be revealed tomorrow

Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV Finally Revealed in Sexy Quadrifoglio Form

It's raining QVs at Alfa Romeo's stand in Los Angeles, where besides the heavily marketed Giulia, the Italians debuted their first ever SUV, the Stelvio, in it's in range-topping guise.

As with the forthcoming Giulia sedan, the Stelvio will also be available as a high-performance Quadrifoglio edition sporting 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque from its 2.9-liter bi-turbo V6 engine.

The standard vehicle will come with a 2.0 litre engine with 276 horsepower and 295lb ft of torque, there will apparently also be some diesel options in the range.

Without diving too much into the details - let's save those for the official review - the Stelvio QV is a performance behemoth, the kind you'd expect from a 2.9-liter biturbo V-6 engine that traces its roots to none other than Ferrari.

Stelvio and Ti trim models have leather seats, backup camera with rear parking sensors, power liftgate and pushbutton start. The company says it promises any driver who gets behind the wheel will receive "an exhilarating driving experience, set to astonish even the most discerning and accomplished drivers". It's good for 505 horsepower and will shoot you past 60 miles per hour in just 3.9 seconds on the way to an impressive 177 mph (284 km/h) top speed. These will feature identical turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 engines delivering 280 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque. Alfa says the Stelvio will boast the same 50-50 weight distribution as the sedan.

Like with the Giulia in the United Kingdom, an eight-speed automatic gearbox will also be standard for the Stelvio.

All variants will also come with Alfa's long established DNA driver mode system - "D" standing for dynamic, "N" for natural and "A" for Advanced Efficiency.

The Alfa's Q4 AWD system can divert as much as 60 percent of the drive power to the front wheels, but it is primarily a rear-biased vehicle.

The launch model also features an 8.8-inch touchscreen system, though there's no word of whether this will be standard fit on all models.

The Stelvio will be a critically important model for Alfa Romeo's global expansion plans. The Quadrifoglio picks up an extra mode, Race, designed for spirited driving. Alfa's upper and lower control arm front suspension is paired with a patented multi-link rear suspension. Located in the center console are two simple rotary dials.

The Stelvio will also be offered in base and Ti models. Optional goodies include Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, carbon-fiber Recaro seats, and a 14-speaker, 900-watt Harman Kardon audio system. A mechanical limited-slip differential will be available for increased traction in corners, and the Quadrifoglio will have a torque-vectoring differential, which shunts power side to side to help turn the vehicle in corners.

Inside the cabin, the Stelvio shares a number of features with the Giulia, including its climate controls, flat-bottomed steering wheel with paddle shifters, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto-compatible infotainment system.

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