By Shereen Shabnam
Driving the all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio recently revealed numerous class-topping features which sets a new benchmark in the premium compact SUV segment. The first thing we notice is the awe-inspiring design, performance and technology in what is currently seen as one of the fastest SUV around the circuit, having clocked a new record (7 minutes 51.7 seconds) for its class on the iconic Nürburgring.
Driving on the race track, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio took to corners and long laps beautifully as it is equipped with an exclusive aluminium 2.9 V6 Bi-Turbo petrol engine delivering maximum power of 510hp at 6,500 rpm and generating a maximum torque of 600 Nm from 2,500 to 5,000 rpm.
The specifically calibrated eight-speed automatic transmission allows gearshifts in just 150 milliseconds in Race driving mode.Boasting an acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds and a best-in-class top speed of 283 km/h, the Alfa Romeo’ sports SUV is also incredibly efficient in terms of fuel consumption and emissions.
The 510hp 2.9 V6Bi-Turbo petrol engine is combined with theinnovative Q4 all-wheel drive system, which guarantees unbeatableperformance, traction, driving pleasure and safety in all situations. Impeccablehanding and comfort is guaranteed thanks to the Stelvio Q’s suspension layout, with the exclusive AlfaLink™technology.
Another special feature of Stelvio Quadrifoglio is the innovative electromechanical Integrated Brake System (IBS), an Alfa Romeo brand exclusive. Extreme performance and leading-edge technology are conveyed by the unique style of Stelvio Quadrifoglio, which is the finest expression of Italian design.
Alfa Romeo’s unique flair and the perfect synergy of form and function in a sensual, muscular car body is evident in the Stelvio Quadrifoglio. The new model’s most distinctive characteristics include the bonnet with functional air vents, sporty side-skirts and massive wheel arches, all body-coloured plus four exhaust tips.
The same sporty style, with an added touch of typically Italian elegance, is found in the interior, which has been tailored like an exquisite bespoke suit, with painstaking craftsmanship and premium materials – carbon fibre, leather and Alcantara.
Inside the car, comfort was optimum and made the drive an enjoyable experience. The centre of the dashboard is dominated by the new Alfa™ Connect 3D NAV 8.8” infotainment system which includes Apple CarPlay, the smarter, safer way to use your iPhone in car. Android Auto™ is also compatible with the Stelvio Q’s new infotainment system, bringing the best of Google into the car.
Conceived as a good-luck charm in the heroic period of motorsports, the Quadrifoglio (four-leaf clover), written with a capital ‘Q’ has distinguished the sports and industrial history of Alfa Romeo, and has become the logo for race cars and for the more powerful and exclusive road vehicles since 1923.
Before the drive, we were given a tour of Alfa in the past and what the brand stands for today. Alfa was born on June 24th, 1910 and become Alfa Romeo in 1918, gaining acknowledgement among car manufacturers for the quality and performance of its vehicles. Today, the Stelvio also bears the legendary Quadrifoglio badge, which certifies quality in terms of class-topping performance, steady handling and power.
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